Ancient remedies: Bone marrow

AncientRemediesEvery now and again we will feature ancient remedies whose health values are just being discovered by modern science.

Today’s subject is bone marrow (meat butter), what is often called the ‘original primal brain food.’

In America, bone marrow is usually a by-product, but in many cultures it is a delicacy and important health food, including a vital nutrition source for growing children.

Marrow is a fatty, jello-like substance in the core of bones. The fat is mostly monounsaturated, and partly polyunsaturated.

It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids (which in our food has been overwhelmed by omega-6 fatty acids when the two should actually be in balance).

Maybe those more primitive cultures when people could run vast distances, including galloping up mountains, are more ‘advanced’ in some health ways than we are. Here’s why:

Bone marrow sends self-destruct messages to cancer cells, heals wounds, builds cartilage, muscles, bones and tendons, makes proteins and reduces inflammation.

Components in bone marrow call alkylglycerols are the enemies of cancer cells, causing many to fold up and go away. The myeloid and lymphoid stem cells in bone marrow are unnoticed workers in our bodies that perform extremely important functions.

Myeloid is the precursor to red blood cells, and lymphoid is the precursor to white blood cells, essential for proper immune function, and platelets that help regulate blood clotting.

Marrow is also rich in the amino acids glycine and proline.

Glycine plays a vital role in the production of several other amino acids, as well as reparation of proteins, manufacture of heme (oxygen carrying messages to the brain through the blood) and aids digestion by supporting gastric acid secretion.

Proline is the structural component of collagen, vital to healthy skin, bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. It is also associated with prevention of depression and improving memory.

Bone marrow is rich in several minerals, including calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, magnesium and manganese. The primary vitamin source is A in a complete bioavailable form.

Vitamin A plays an important role in immunity, vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division and cell sorting.

It is important to note that while all bone marrow is good, marrow from game and grass-fed beef, poultry, lamb and bison is far best for maximum health benefits, as many toxins are stored in the marrow fat of today’s conventionally raised food animals.

(I cook my marrow bones for about 6 hours with an entire bulb of garlic, and use or freeze the broth for delicious soups and other dishes.)


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