Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Local healthy café is first in area to offer new national health trend based in centuries old traditions

There are many delicious ways to improve your health, and a great place to start, believe it or not, is with good ole fashioned bone broth. For thousands of years bone broths have provided essential minerals and nutrients to our ancestors worldwide, and they are still part of every known culinary tradition on earth. Bone broth is a flavorful liquid made by boiling the bones of just about any vertebrate you can think of, typically poultry, beef, venison, bison, lamb, or fish, in water for an extended period of time, typically anywhere from 6 to 72 hours depending upon the bones used.  

Bone broth is especially rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorous - which are all essential for bone health. Bone broth also contains collagen that is said to strengthen tendons, joints, ligaments, and skin, making it strong and supple and helping to reducing wrinkles and cellulite. The high levels of glycine in bone broth are also known to inhibit over activity of the immune system, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy digestion by healing the lining of the gut.  Whether you are trying to heal from an infection, address an auto-immune disease, or reduce inflammation, research has shown that high levels of dietary glycine are critical and bone broth provides a delicious way to improve those conditions.

Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, a nutrition scientist, certified clinical nutritionist, and co-author of Nourishing Broths is quoted as saying "We have science that supports the use of cartilage, gelatin, and other components found in homemade bone broth to prevent and sometimes even reverse osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, digestive distress, autoimmune disorders, and even cancer.” 

Medea Galligan, of Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar recently stated “We are thrilled to be able to offer this highly nutritious food to our customers in Asheville- people will drive from across town to buy a week’s supply of our beef or chicken bone broth. We are also proud to support our local farmers that supply our grass-finished and free-range bones.” 

The company states: “Our mission here at Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar is to serve deeply nourishing foods that are also delicious - we are part of a larger trend of showing Americans the value of eating real food, helping folks get away from processed and refined foods.”

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