Sodium and Potassium are essential nutrients and also your primary electrolytes. Electrolytes help “pump” fluids in and out of cells, blood vessels and membranes and also ensure proper conduction in nerves, contraction in muscles and the release of signalling molecules like hormones and neurotransmitters. In an Ancestral Diet, there is a sodium-potassium pump that occurs throughout the year that ensures the proper storage and release of Vitamin D.
Sulphur is also very essential to good health. It helps you build strong connective tissue like cartilage and membranes like your skin and fascia. Sulphur also helps with the production of many enzymes, immune system antibodies, hormones and even some of the B vitamins. Sulphur is also essential for your liver to detoxify itself and produce effective bile.
Sorry, Bone Broth is Not an Abundant Source of Minerals
Although Bone Broth is a source of all of your bones mineral needs in the right proportions, the actual measured amounts are surprisingly low.
Mineral content in mg per cup (250 ml)
- Sodium 127.2 (RDA – 2400)
- Potassium 49.2 (RDA – 4000)
- Calcium 7.7 (RDA – 1000)
- Magnesium 1.5 (RDA – 400)
- Iron 0.2 (RDA – 1000)
- Phosphorus 12.5 (RDA – 1000)
- Chlorine 141.6 (RDA – 1000)
- Copper 0.04 (RDA – 1000)
So, why should you drink Broth if it is so low in minerals?
As a Doctor of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), I have learned to have a lot of respect for the wisdom of Nature and the pure common sense of some old theories. According to TCM theory, your bones, marrow and brain are where you store all of your body’s needs for both Yang (activating) and Yin (Restoring) processes. This includes the abundant amount of flexible protein in all bones and every cup of Bone Broth.
Imagine that you are some kind of inner-city planner and your job is to repair the city. (Your body)
What would you do if you suddenly got a small, perhaps 1% increase in your needs for restoring your infrastructure in exactly the proportions of your most important structures? Twice a day, for months in a row?
85% of my patients notice tangible improvements in pain, mobility, strength, general cognition, and sleep within three weeks of taking Nutrient Dense Bone Broth.
Any time I am feeling depleted, I take a strong Multi-Mineral and a Trace Mineral supplement with some Vitamin C with my bowl of broth, twice a day.