Bone Broth for Back Pain

There’s a brew floating around in places like Los Angeles and New York City that’s catching some attention for joint pain relief. Actress Salma Hayek is a strong proponent of bone broth and the LA Lakers have it as a part of their diet. So what does this creepy sounding witchcraft brew do for you? Well first of all don’t worry, you don’t need to grind up any bones and it’s an age old broth that your grandma is probably familiar with making.

Start with some bones in a crockpot and add water, herbs and veggies. Let is simmer for 1-3 days and you’ll have your broth. The benefits are similar to many of the supplements people take for rebuilding cartilage, collagen and healing tissue damage. There are minerals like magnesium, calcium and phosphorus which will strengthen your bones but more importantly for your back pain is that it contains glucosamine and chondroitin. These two compounds are often taken for joint health and to reduce pain. The boiling will release these compounds as well as the bone marrow from the bones.

They say you want to get ‘boney’ bones because they have joints that will have gelatin that can help lubricate your joints. Gelatin is more common in the bones from knees, ankles, feet and similar joints. Remember, you have joints all over your body, so it may not only be your back that benefits from this broth. People are experiencing a myriad of benefits from this broth and that’s largely in part why it’s being considered a superfood and a broth shop has even opened in New York City.

People have been using this broth to heal autoimmune disorders and gut problems. People that have developed holes in the lining of their stomach are able to heal those holes with the gelatin. If you have developed a food intolerance, have frequent diarrhea or even constipation, this could help alleviate your symptoms.

Beyond stomach issues, this mineral rich broth has been helping strengthen the immune system. Scientific studies have now shown that people with autoimmune disorders have sometimes gone into complete remission but many have had relief from their symptoms. Moreover, there must be some truth behind drinking chicken noodle soup when you’re sick right?

Collagen is something that people in today’s sedentary culture have trouble rebuilding. We start to lose elasticity in our skin and we stop regenerating when we don’t get enough blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to our skin. This broth contains collagen that help your joints in a major way. The collagen builds strong ligaments and tendons that attach to your bones and move your joints.

Bone broth also helps to detoxify your body because it contains glycine which is an amino acid that helps remove toxins from your liver. Now what does your liver have to do with your back pain? Everything! In fact your liver is the largest organ in your body and is in charge of keeping those inflammation causing hormones out of your blood stream. If the liver is functioning properly, you’ll have less inflammation in the joints and muscles for sure.

Many people have experienced a significant decrease in joint pain from even a week of consuming tasty bone broth. The reason that bone broth this better that just taking a supplement of glucosamine and chondroitin is because it resists digestion and will be absorbed in it’s true form by your body. Not to mention the broth also has hyaluronic acid.

This can help with leaky gut and reduce the need for meat protein by 50%. If your stomach is hurting, think of all the nerve endings in your stomach that could be causing radiating pain to your back. Also think of the swelling of your intestines that can push on your back and cause pain. If you are consuming a high amount of red meat which slows the digestive process, it can also clog the intestines, toxins can build up in the bloodstream and cause muscle fatigue and slow response as well as more inflammation from free radicals and toxins.

Finally, there’s the added bonus that all this collagen also improves your hair skin and nails but we are sure you’ll be happy enough when you start experiencing less pain. Here’s the reason homemade chicken broth helps you when you feel sick. Usually you have mucus build up and there is an amino acid in bone broth called cysteine which helps thin the mucus so it can be flushed from your system. Next it contains all these trace minerals like sulphur, silicon and some aforementioned that help boost your body’s response. Finally, the herbs will help the glands in your mouth salivate which can help to break up mucus in your throat and lungs.

It used to be said that bone broth could bring back the dead but that probably meant that it could really help to heal people who were very sick and perhaps nearly on their death bed. So many cultures use bone broth as a part of their diet and give broth to sick people, there must be something to this remedy. It’s important to know that processed broth will not have nearly the same qualities and may create more harm than good. A homemade broth without preservatives and unrecognizable ingredients is what you should look out for. Remember, broth was a part of most people’s diets until MSG hit the market and replaced the traditional bone broth.

If you purchased a chicken, turkey or steak with bone in, you can use these bones for your cooking. Some people prefer to get bones from their local butcher. If you’re busy, try purchasing a high quality bone broth instead of making your own.

We have to remind you that this is not a cure all remedy. You must take steps everyday to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise plan. Keep your positive mental state by doing deep breathing, journaling, yoga, reading, meditation, long walks in nature or anything that helps you relax that doesn’t harm your body. Remember we are working to get all of the systems and organs to function together which includes the mind. We must combine many things that work together and not look for a magic bullet that can solve all of our pain.

Shannon Yrizarry

Shannon Yrizarry is a health and wellness professional who was healed from chronic back pain in 2003 after studying the mind-body connection. She went on to study the physical and mental benefits of yoga and now teaches classes and workshops in Southern California. She has also worked as an organic health consultant and writes about how to eat a clean whole foods diet incorporating gluten-free, raw, and dairy free options.