If you’re a regular Healthier Talk reader, you’re already familiar with some natural pain relief solutions. So when it comes to kitchen cures for knee pain, you may think of salmon, turmeric or maybe even cherries.
What you probably don’t think of is soup. For colds or the flu, maybe… but for stiff, aching joints?
But that’s about to change. Because it turns out a batch of homemade bone broth may be one of the best remedies for bad knees in your pain relief cookbook.
And following are three reasons why…
One: Bone broth is a liquid collagen bomb
If there’s one thing that distinguishes bone broth from powdered bouillon or canned Campbell’s, it’s collagen. Collagen is the protein that serves as the “glue” that holds your body together. And it’s the reason that good broth turns to jelly in the fridge.
Collagen is the key component of connective tissue. It gives your tendons and ligaments their structure and elasticity. And when your stores decline—a common hallmark of aging—painful problem joints are a natural consequence.
That’s where bone broth figures into the equation. It’s a terrific natural source of collagen. Research shows that collagen can slash arthritis symptoms nearly in half. And its benefits don’t end there; it can boost mobility by 20 percent in as little as 90 days, too.
In fact, experts sat a daily dose of collagen, such as you’ll find in bone broth, could boost extension and comfort during strenuous activity. In other words, it could allow you to move around easier and with less pain.
Two: A home-cooked source of HA & chondroitin
Bone broth is brimming with what scientists call glycosaminoglycans. Glycosaminoglycans such as hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate are key components of the cartilage and collagen which are critical for healthy joints.
Hyaluronic acid acts as a lubricant and a shock absorber for your joint cells. And chondroitin cushions and protects cartilage. While glucosamine serves as a building block for both.
Combinations of these nutrients can be pricey in supplement form. And for good reason—clinical trials show that chondroitin rivals celecoxib for wiping out knee pain. (But without the lethal risks.) And double-blind trials on patients with knee arthritis show that hyaluronic acid offers similar relief.
Three: Bone-strengthening minerals & amino acids
Homemade broth also delivers a wide array of bone-boosting minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. And a long list of bone and collagen supporting amino acids—including proline and glycine—to boot.
Here’s why that’s so important: Glycine prevents the breakdown of protein tissue—in this case, the muscles around your knees that are a part of any healthy joint. And it helps to replenish collagen at the same time.
Meanwhile, proline assists in regenerating cartilage, helping to heal joint damage from overuse and general wear and tear.
Whip up a batch of healing bone broth
So if you have nagging knee pain, forget risky pain pills. Set up shop with your stock pot instead to help rebuild worn out joints and reduce knee pain.
And don’t worry if you’ve never made bone broth before. It couldn’t be easier.
Start with chicken or beef bones, the joints, and skin if making a chicken bone broth. Cover with water and simmer for at least two hours, or all day if you prefer. Add water as the stock reduces, and seasonings to taste.
If the final product turns to “jelly” as it cools, then you’ll know you knocked it out of the park. And that means your aching knees and your taste buds are both in for a real treat.