Two Ancient Superfoods Join Forces

 

Ancient Superfoods - Dr. Axe

(Note: Make sure to stick around to the end of this post to see my favorite way to add these two forgotten superfoods to your diet.)

In the modern world, we’ve almost forgotten the health benefits of many ancient superfoods. Herbs, spices and even homegrown vegetables are relics of the past. Sadly, they’ve been replaced with “convenience foods” that include not only processed foods but “ultra-processed foods” (think frozen pizza, jello and cheese doodles!).

Make no mistake, for every superfood that gets added to the “forgotten” list, we pay the price with our health.

One of the most notable “forgotten superfoods”? Bone broth.  

Cave men cooking

Yet today, many people don’t recognize bone broth for the amazing food it is. Instead, it’s taken for granted. Or it’s simply thought of as the base for soups and stews and nothing more.

But what many don’t know is that beneath the modern names and common uses is a whole host of hidden health benefits (more on that in just a minute).  

But before I tell you about those benefits, I want to answer the most popular questions surrounding bone broth:

What’s all the fuss about? And why is it quickly becoming, as the Today show says, “the hottest trend in modern health”?

To answer those questions, we need to understand what goes into making bone broth and where the nutritional and health benefits come from.


Bone broth

A Deep Dive Into the Making of Bone Broth

For a firsthand account of what it takes to prepare bone broth, let’s look at New York City–based chef, Marco Conora.

Besides owning a health restaurant, he also runs a bone broth bar! He literally sells gallons upon gallons of bone broth every week. Recently, he explained how even he faces lots of challenges when making bone broth for his shop. And he does this for a living!

First, he has to find a reputable supplier for organic, clean and pure animal bones (it’s more challenging than you might expect).

Then he roasts the bones in the oven for several hours. After that, he boils the bones on the stove top for at least a day. He believes that’s the minimum required to extract the nutrition, health benefits, and great taste of a true healing bone broth soup.

And only then — after several days have passed — is the first cup ready to be served.

Nutrition experts confirm his belief. 

The long cooking process allows easier digestibility and assimilation of all these key nutrients:

  • The protein-rich collagen
  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin sulfate
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Amino acids
  • Key minerals
  • And many other beneficial compounds found in bone broth

These vital nutrients and beneficial compounds provide a wide-range of health benefits including support for:

  • Digestive and immune system health†
  • Healthy joints and lean muscle mass†
  • Healthy skin, hair and nails†
  • Metabolism and a healthy weight†

Of course, a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are critical. But bone broth is something we should all consider adding back into our diet for these benefits — benefits that you can’t get from almost any other food.

Another “secret” to the ancient benefits of bone broth comes from the spices used in traditional recipes.

In fact, bone broth is the ultimate delivery system for health-giving herbs and spices.

Take turmeric, for example.


Super Spice + Bone Broth = Amazing Health Benefits

Turmeric and bone broth

Let me explain how spices like TURMERIC paired with bone broth can spice up your health — bodywide!

At first glance, turmeric (a close cousin to ginger) may seem rather inconsequential. After all, it’s just a spice used in cooking, right? Not so fast.

It can have tremendous benefits to your health. Let’s take a closer look.

For over 4,000 years, Ayurvedic herbalists looked to turmeric for its health-giving benefits.

Turmeric benefits - Dr. Axe

In fact, some new research even suggests turmeric’s health-giving uses date back thousands of years — all the way to early cultures in India. While others studies say ancient Polynesians carried turmeric with them on their voyages.

Turmeric was believed to help support sailors’ immune systems and overall health. This was especially important for longer trips across entire oceans (like across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii). On trips like this, being sick for even a few days could be detrimental.

There are other accounts of turmeric being used historically, too. Marco Polo, while in China in 1280 A.D., recorded this in his diary about turmeric:

There is also a vegetable which has all the properties of true saffron, as well as the smell and color, and yet it is not really saffron.

(Turmeric has since been used as a substitute for saffron, an Old World spice, in Europe for over 700 years.) 

Turmeric powder and roots

It’s also one of the main spices used in nearly all Indian meals. And some think that could explain why India has some of the lowest rates of health challenges facing most of the Western world and especially the U.S.

But how is it possible that turmeric can offer such “whole body” benefits?


The Golden Secret to Turmeric’s Health Benefits

The answer lies in one of the compounds inside turmeric: curcumin.

In the 1970s, scientists found that the bright orange color of turmeric is due to the powerful antioxidants called curcuminoid compounds. Of the curcuminoid compounds, curcumin is believed to be the most potent.

Turmeric's antioxidants

For these reasons and others, it’s a good idea to add turmeric to your everyday diet.

And when you combine turmeric with bone broth — like the ancients did — it leads to a super-healthy synergy!†

If you’re looking for a quick, easy and delicious way to add two ancient superfoods to your diet, check this out.

Want to see how I get my daily dose of bone broth and turmeric?
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† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.