Proline and glycine are the stars as they are the main amino acids that make up collagenous fibers in joints. Cartilage is made up of a complex of amino acids and sugars. The sugars (proteoglycans) wind in and around the collagenous fiber network with the job of holding on to water. This is what keep those tissues youthful, elastic and supple.
- Helps seal the gut lining
- Reduces cellulite and increases skin tension/elasticity
- Regeneration of cartilage and healing joints
- Chemical detoxification of the body
- Slows cartilage and muscle loss associated with aging by optimizing use of antioxidants
- Acts as an antioxidant
- Neurotransmitter that helps with sleep and memory
- Used in production of bile salts and glutathione
Glutathione, in combination with sulfur in broth was shown in a Stanford study to eliminate fat-soluble compounds (like heavy metals lead and mercury), and to help with absorption of various nutrients, the use of antioxidants, and liver-cleansing functions.
- Improves circulation
- Helps repair damaged liver cells
- Used for wound healing and immune system function
- Used in the production of sperm
- Used in production and release of growth hormone
- Fuel for metabolism in gut cells
- Improves metabolism and muscle building
- Protection of gut lining
- Responsible for savory satisfying flavour (umami)
The amazing power of amino acids that make up the collagen in bone broth have been shown to have some pretty important roles in our bodies. Increasing your collagen intake (by drinking broth!) might be one of the healthiest choices you can make.