Considered as a delicacy in many countries, America views bone marrow as a byproduct and thus, the health benefits of bone marrow are severely underappreciated. Unfortunately, it has been a misconception for many decades. Bone marrow is considered an extremely nutritious food by many traditional societies. What you must know about the unbelievable health benefits of bone marrow!
In his book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration”, Weston Price wrote, “For the Indians living inside the Rocky Mountain Range in the far North of Canada, the successful nutrition for nine months of the year was largely limited to wild game, chiefly moose and caribou. During the summer months the Indians were able to use growing plants. During the winter some use was made of bark and buds of trees. I found the Indians putting great emphasis upon the eating of the organs of the animals, including the wall of parts of the digestive tract. Much of the muscle meat of the animals was fed to the dogs. It is important that skeletons are rarely found where large game animals have been slaughtered by the Indians of the North. The skeletal remains are found as piles of finely broken bone chips or splinters that have been cracked up to obtain as much as possible of the marrow and nutritive qualities of the bones. These Indians obtain their fat-soluble vitamins and also most of their minerals from the organs of the animals. An important part of the nutrition of the children consisted in various preparations of bone marrow, both as a substitute for milk and as a special dietary ration”(6th Edition, page 260). Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes
What is Bone Marrow?
Bone marrow is a fatty, jello like substance found in the core of bones. It’s a nutrient dense and rich in energy substances that all types of animals are primarily drawn toward when they capture a prey. Bone marrow fulfills many vital roles due to its high content of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and lipids (alkylglycerols). Bone marrow helps the immune system by carrying oxygen to cells in the body. It is one of the most effective remedies for the gut lining. Consuming bone marrow will help improve brain function, maintain healthy bones, support immune systems and speed up the healing process of any injury or fracture.
Unbelievable Health Benefits of Bone Marrow
Essential Fatty Acids
Bone marrow consists of mostly monounsaturated fat. It also contains less amount of polyunsaturated fat and conjugated linoleic acid which is known as a potent cancer inhibitor. Bone marrow is a great source of omega-3 fatty acid which is essential for the proper functioning of the brain. Bone marrow is also a good source of glycine, which is an amino used to make and repair other proteins in the body. Fatty acid deficiency can result in delayed wound healing, different types of skin problems, weak immune system, and etc.
Vitamins and Minerals
One of the main qualities of bone marrow is that it contains important microelements: calcium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, magnesium, manganese, and other mineral-Laden chemicals. It also contains Vitamin A in its complete form. Moreover, in the bone marrow these trace elements are already in the right condition and concentration for the body.
Shortage of such microelements can lead to anemia, weakening of the immune system which is responsible for protecting the body from infections and antigens, chronic fatigue and weakness, development of cardiovascular and other heavy diseases. Pregnant women require higher amount of these minerals and vitamins. Therefore, bone marrow strengthens the immunity, improves the cardiovascular and renal system, stimulates hormonal secretion and sexual function of the organism, improves memory, sleep, emotional mood, perception, comprehension and instinctively-conscious reflection of the person.
Bone marrow contains alkylglycerols which are involved in the production of white blood cells in the bone marrow. They protect the body against infections and contribute to health maintenance of cells under serious immune problems such as cancer. When a person has cancer, the level of alkylglycerols rises within tumor cells in order to control cell growth. Alkylglycerols can also be found in mothers’ milk.
If you buy conventionally raised animal products, you can end up with toxins which are normally stored in the fatty areas of bones such as bone marrow. It is very important to find bones from grass fed healthy animals such as grass-fed cows, organic poultry bones, bison, lamb.
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I am on day 2 of cooking marrow bones from 100% grass fed beef. I have cooked the huge bone until all the marrow and cartilage cooked down into the stock. I’ve only added onions, garlic, bay leaves, fresh ground pepper, and parsley to the stock with no added salt. I find it tastes quite flavorful, although admit my tastebuds are already acclimated to whole foods in with their flavorful simplicity. Someone new to bone stock may not feel the same and add salt, for extra flavor.
Also, I skimmed off the liquid-like fat that was on top of the bone stock this morning before I put it back on the stove for another round of slow cooking. I then heated the marrow fat and strained for future cooking uses in the coming week and refridgerated it. Altogether, it was about 2 Tbsp. I would rather use it than manufactured oil any day!