Last week I posted about how I injured my back in the gym. It was a serious injury. It was the kind of injury that would have taken a few weeks to fully recover from in the past. I was 90% recovered in 3 days and 100% recovered in just 4 days. I always thought getting older meant slower recovery. Not if physique hacking is your hobby. How did I do it?
In the phenomenal book Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan, there is a section on the healing properties of bone broth. When it comes to repairing joints and cartilage, beef broth may be the best food on the planet. In a podcast interview on Underground Wellness, she discussed an animal study where they tracked the healing properties of bone broth feed to mice with injured joints. Using isotopic labeling and X-rays they were able to determine that the injured joints were preferentially receiving the glycosaminoglycan molecules for healing.
Podcast Interview: MORE Deep Nutrition with Dr. Cate Shanahan on Underground Wellness. Discussion of this study starts around the 16-minute mark.
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine Shanahan MD
For the past week, I have been consuming a mug of warm bone broth with melted butter every morning. I also had a stew using bone broth going, which provided several meals. I’ve been eating bone stocks for over two years now. When it comes to just feeling great and benefiting from improved immunity, I was already a believer. Now I am sold on its ability to heal.
UPDATE Nov 11, 2011: An updated source for the mice joint repair information.