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Bone Broth Purposes and Prescription

Bone Broth Purposes and Prescription

Bone broth is a traditional food as medicine technique used to repair sick bodies for centuries. Many holistic practitioners prescribe bone broth for inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, digestive disorders, bone strengthening, acute infections and respiratory conditions

Here are some considerations about bone broth:

It is better to use organic bones as studies have shown an accumulation of lead in the bones of conventionally farmed animals.

Bone broth is high protein. One study showed bone broth can contain up to 13g of protein per cup of bone broth. Particular amino acids such as glutamine and glycine are prevalent in bone broths and are anti inflammatory.

Calcium can be extracted from chicken bones using an acidic broth, which can contain up to 100 mg per tablespoon.

There are now liquid and powdered bone broths available at health food stores or online for those who do not have access to quality bones or lack the time to make their own. The most economical is the powder. There are powders which create 1 cup of broth with 1g of powder. The powdered broths also come in different flavours so they can be mixed up for one’s convenience; such as this brand.

The dosage of bone broth can vary depending on the reasons of consumption, however, 3-5 cups of broth per day is a good amount, especially in winter. If it’s made and used for calcium supplementation, 10 TBSP/day is a good daily dose to reach the adult RDI of calcium.


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Author: Sarah Gunther

Sarah Gunther is a qualified clinical Nutritionist at Health Space Newtown. She is passionate about the way inflammation is expressed in the body and likes to help patients in the management of inflammatory conditions. Is inflammation affecting you?

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