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Top Five “Fat” Superfoods: Bone Marrow


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Bone Marrow is Super Food Number 3
Bone marrow is a fatty substance, yellow and red in color, found in the core of animal bones. It is composed of fat and other nutrients proline (glutamine) and glycine, iron, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin A, type I, II and III collagen as well as additional nutrients) that support its role as a super food. Bone marrow helps to:

  • Stimulate collagen production to help reduce cellulite and wrinkles
  • Support digestive health and leaky gut repair
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Aid in muscle building
  • Promote wound healing
  • Detox the liver
  • Boost brain function/memory
  • Assist with improved sleep

Lack of Research for Bone Marrow
I was not able to find clinical studies on the specific effects of eating bone marrow and its health benefits but that does not mean benefits do not exist. It just means science and research will need to play “catch-up” with what people are already doing.
The Atkins diet is an example of this. Dr. Atkins helped people lose weight and                    regain health for many illnesses such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart                     disease, cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome…using a ketogenic diet.  There was                 scant amounts of research for ketogenic diets, lots of , misinformation,  and unlike             today no support from the medical community. Despite the lack of research people             were willing to use the ketogenic diet to help improve quality of life.
However,  you should not misunderstand and believe bone marrow is a “miracle food” with effects on health and well being. Because you consume bone, we do not have enough research to say with certainty that it will be digested, absorbed and utilized to do what we want it to do.
What I know to be true is that I use it with my patients and most have an improved sense of well-being and improvements in some of the ailments mentioned above without reports of any negative side effects.
Traditional Medicine Supports Using Bone Marrow
We are just beginning to understand the benefits of this relatively new “re” found food. I say this because bone broth is a food that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The system may be much more complex than we assume and this is what research will hopefully answer for us in the future.
According to The Weston Price Foundation, bone broth is ” A cure-all in traditional households and the magic ingredient in foods throughout the world including France, Italy, Ireland, China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines,  Africa, South America, the Middle East, Russia and the United States,
So if you think that bone marrow might help and you do not want to wait until researchers can “catch up” then it might be worth a try.
Bone Broth Recipes
Consider trying these recipes, it can’t hurt and it might even help improve your health.


Already Made Bone Broth
I have purchased tasty and delicious bone broth and recommend it to my clients. Kettle and fire makes 100% organic and 100% grass fed broth,
Summing It Up
Consider incorporating bone broth into your daily meal plan along with each of these super fat foods to optimize your health on many different levels. Maintaining all-around body function for health and possibly minimize the aging process are the reasons bone broth was added to my list.
My Top 5 Super foods should be  used to help improve nutrient density in its totality. One food alone does not make a nutrient dense diet no matter how rich in nutrients it is. Rotate a variety of foods into your daily eating regimen to expand on the variety of nutrients you consume. Nutrients should include those that are part of metabolic, enzymatic and other processes not just those that provide caloric density. One super food consumed all the time will not trump a diet that is rich in many super foods.

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Valerie Goldstein

Valerie raises the bar for health and nutrition know how with unconventional expertise and unconditional support for wellness.

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