The abundant minerals in bone broth
Minerals compose about 4% of our body. They perform numerous functions such as maintaining the body’s pH balance, proper nerve conduction, contracting and relaxing muscles, and acting as co-factors for enzyme reactions throughout the body.
Let’s take a look at the minerals in bone broth and some of their contributions to health. As we will see, bone broth provides electrolyte minerals for the body.
Bone has 65% calcium and phosphorus in the form of a composite called hydroxyapatite. Water makes up 25% of bone. Magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfate and fluoride make up the remaining 10%.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. Calcium is used in muscle contraction, including regulation of the heartbeat and nerve conduction, and is required for neurotransmitter activity. It is also involved in producing adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the body’s primary energy source.
Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body. It is an essential component of nucleic acids of DNA, and phospholipids that make up cellular membranes. As an essential part of ATP, it is a regulator of enzymes. It is involved in the acid-alkaline buffering system necessary for the regulation of pH in the body.
Magnesium is considered the most common dietary deficiency in the U.S. Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzyme reactions throughout the body. It is a co-factor for vitamins B1 and B6. It regulates the contractions of the heart. And it is necessary for essential fatty acid metabolism, including delta-6 desaturase.
Sodium is important in muscle and nerve function. It also helps maintain water balance.
Potassium is a catalyst in protein and carbohydrate metabolism. It functions to maintain proper cellular fluid levels.
Together, sodium and potassium provide the electrical conductivity for neurotransmitter release, muscle contraction, including heart muscle, and nerve signals.
Sulfur is a component of hormones, proteins, and the B vitamins thiamin and biotin. Sulfur, as keratin sulfate and chondroitin sulfate, is a component of connective tissue in cartilage and skin.
Fluoride functions to stimulate and strengthen bone as it is being formed.
Minerals are essential to life!
Minerals are not easily digested. Hydrochloric acid is needed to break down our food and to extract the minerals. Many people may not produce enough hydrochloric acid. This can lead to deficiencies of minerals.
sourceare not well tolerated and form small rocks that get deposited in the soft tissue structures of the body.” Calcium needs to be balanced with other minerals.
Minerals need co-factors
Absorption of minerals is improved with co-factors. For instance, fatty acids are necessary to transport calcium into our cells. These include the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E & K, and the essential omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids.
Other co-factors for mineral absorption are hydration and electrolytes. A savory mug of bone broth provides both!
Real organic bone broth prepared with care, using apple cider vinegar and gentle simmering for 24 hours, provides you with a nourishing and easily digested source of minerals.
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