Bone broth has been known by many names and terms, "Jewish Penicillin" "Gear Box Soup" "Libido Soup" and in parts of South American it is known that bone broth will "Resurrect the dead". These terms are backed-up by an area of research known as "broth science". Research that dates back to the 1800s and includes Harvard Medical research on "gelatin" from the early 1900s to bone density research in the 1990s and a great deal of science on gelatin, collagen and the amino acid complex of bone broth.
One area of research that has gathered more attention this century has been digestive, or gut, health. Given that it is estimated that 70% to 80% of adults suffer from leaky gut and other related digestive health issues related to gut health bone broth has gotten more attention over the past few years.
One key component of the "broth" gut healing success is that broth provides proteins found within the gelatin called GAGS, or glycosaminoglycans. Leaky gut syndrome has also been terms the GAG defect. And as broth provides GAGs such as glucosamine (also known for its joint health support) and chondroitin sulfate (also known for joint health) and an abundance of collagen - a building block protein for tissue, muscle, bones - it makes sense that the body uses these GAGs to rebuild the "leaky gut" or GAG layer. And lest we forget, a broth slow-cooked for long enough to extract the nutritious bone marrow is providing essential fatty acids and healthy fats that increase your digestive system's absorption of micronutrients in your diet. Remember, so many of our essential vitamins and nutrients are fat soluble.
So, keeping it simple, GAGs are good. And broth provides a load of GAGs.
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