Trying to find studies that discuss the healing properties of bone broth is quite difficult. There are studies with some compelling evidence that link consuming Bone Broth with healing cancer and easing the difficulties of dealing with cancer treatment side-effects. Long duration, large population studies of cancer and naturopathy solutions are typically not well supported or funded by the traditional medical and pharmaceutical communities. The cancer industry is a multi-billion-dollar enterprise often focused on high cost/high profit pharmaceuticals and treatments establishing an inherent conflict of interest in supporting studies of homeopathic solutions.
Interestingly a couple of the studies carried out regarding the properties of Bone Broth do help scientifically support the case for Bone Broth as a healing food for cancer.
First let me just say that I am not a Naturopath. The information below talks to the healing powers of Bone Broth based on my research and to people that I’ve spoken with that have beat their cancer.
Hopefully the information in this article will prompt you to discuss protocols with your doctor, natural or traditional that incorporate Bone Broth into your treatment regimen.
It is essential to have a resilient immune system for a healthy body. A weak immune system means you are much more susceptible to disease and cancer.
Bone Broth supports the immune system by warding off diseases including cancer. It also supports the immune system while going through cancer treatments.
Cancer patients have high levels of inflammation in their bodies and there is a direct relationship between health, inflammation and disease. The more inflammation the higher chance of disease.
Research conducted by Creighton University Medical Center has confirmed that the high concentration of nutrients found in Bone Broth have significant anti-inflammatory properties.
Another study conducted at Heraklion Hospital in Greece observed that nutrients found in Bone Broth help to repair microscopic wounds in the intestinal walls and sealed the holes. Otherwise known as Leaky Gut. 1
Our gut is designed to be permeable to allow nutrients to be absorbed. With Leaky Gut undigested food particles pathogens, toxins, and other types of ‘waste’ get through and into the bloodstream that should normally be screened out.
Cancer treatments, lifestyle issues, stress, poor eating, etc. will affect the lining and make it too permeable, or hyper-permeable. This will often result in constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and other conditions. 2
Healing the gut is critical…and traditional medicine believes that hyper permeable gut is the origin of all disease. Gelatin in Bone Broth is a protein derived from Collagen. This gelatin will spackle the holes in the gut thus improving the lining.
Bone Broth is also a natural detoxifier. The liver is constantly “on-duty” but may not always be able to keep up the toxic loads and stresses building up in the body because of poor diet, stress, and disease. The Glycine in bone broth helps with the detox function. An abundance of Glycine can also help with weight loss.
Additional nutrients in Bone Broth that help fight cancer include:
Glucosamine and Chondroitin — both are strong anti-inflammatory compounds that help balance the immune system, support the health of bones and help your joints to operate “smooth-as-silk.” 3
Collagen — helps to repair and regenerate damaged cells. It helps creates new healthy cells, “spackle” and heal the intestinal walls and fill the holes in the lining of the gut.
Hyaluronic Acid — is important to the functioning of the body. Its many functions include providing “cushion” to the joints and aiding in repair of tissues. It also structurally holds together collagen and elastin, and protects the body against microorganisms.
Iron – is key to the production of red blood cells and helps with the fatigue associated with chemotherapy and radiation.
In some cancer treatment centers, patients are provided with intermittent fasting and Bone Broth and this has shown to have a positive effect in warding off the adverse reactions often experienced during chemotherapy.
It is also important to support your treatment by eating the proper foods with high nutrient and low inflammatory properties. It’s no secret that most people undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy have little appetite. Bone Broth provides a flavorful, easily tolerated high source of nutrients without inflammatory side-effects.
While you are going through your treatment it is important to try to stay away from the following foods which can inflame the body:
- Simple carbohydrates: (breads, white flour and rice, pastries and rolls)
- Refined Sugars: Syrups, soda, candy, white sugar
- Fried Foods: Corn and hydrogenated oils, deep fried foods, chips
- Processed Food: Anything that is pre-prepared in boxes or frozen that has preservatives in it.
- Alcohol 4
Many health practitioners strongly encourage drinking Bone Broth during chemotherapy as a healing drink with dense nutrition that is easy to digest. The reason is that Bone Broth seals the lining of the gut and gives the body the important nutrients it needs while going through treatment.
Alessio Fasano, MD, a world-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist, and founder of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, believes all autoimmune conditions have three factors in common: a genetic susceptibility, antigen exposure, and increased intestinal permeability. 5
“Besides celiac disease, several other autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis, are characterized by increased intestinal permeability secondary to non-competent tight junctions that allow the passage of antigens from the intestinal flora, challenging the immune system to produce an immune response that can target any organ or tissue in genetically predisposed individuals,” Fasano wrote in the February 2012 issue of Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology.21.
- 1. Compelling Evidence that Bone Broth for Cancer – Beautymunsta
- 2. https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/bone-broth-nutrition
- 3. Compelling Evidence that Bone Broth for Cancer – Beautymunsta
- 4. http://www.cascadecancercare.com
- 5. Fasano A. Leaky gut and autoimmune diseases. Clinic Rev Allergy Immunol. 2012;42(1):71-78.