Whether you’re into crossfit, combat sports, or simply train for fitness and fun, you already know that a good diet makes for a better performance.
When it comes to nutrition for performance, your focus should be on eating to enhance overall health, strength, endurance and flexibility. A superfood that will help you achieve all of these goals is one of the oldest foods known to humankind – Bone Broth. It’s such a potent health drink that a traditional South American proverb even states that ‘a good broth will resurrect the dead.’
Bone broth is an all-round micronutrient goldmine, an immune boosting tonic that will enhance the health of anyone who drinks it. It’s particularly beneficial to active people because it can give you:
1. Fantastic flexibility and joint recovery
Not only does bone broth contain excellent levels of glucosamine, chondroitin, and collagen (all commonly taken joint-health supplements) but these nutrients appear in broth in a highly bioavailable form. This means that your body can use the nutrients from broth much more efficiently than when they are taken as a pill, translating to healthier, more resilient joints for you.
2. Better quality protein and amino balance
All proteins are not created equally, and the most abundant amino acids found in bone broth are particularly beneficial to functions that are important to the fitness-conscious, such as building and repairing muscle tissue, supporting bone mineral density, and maintaining muscle and connective tissue health. The high levels of glycine and proline present in bone broth will also counterbalance high levels of methionine and tryptophan, a common amino imbalance which been linked to inflammation and other health issues such as diabetes, and is common in those who eat only muscle cuts of meat.
3. Great sleep and recovery
Muscle repair and recovery takes place while we sleep, and several studies have linked the glycine in bone broth to restful, restorative sleep. Another prominent bone broth amino, arginine, helps fight inflammation and so will help you to recover from injury during your quality broth-induced slumber.
4. Replenished electrolytes
Whether you’re sweating it out during training or going through the rigours of cutting weight, or adapting to the ketogenic diet, all active people need to regularly replenish electrolytes. Bone broth is rich in all the essential minerals, including key electrolytes calcium, magnesium and potassium, and all minerals are present in an extremely bioavailable form. Electrolytes and other minerals found within bone broth are crucial to major bodily functions, such as circulation and nerve signalling, which are essential to great health and great performance.
Properly made bone broth is an essential addition to a good nutritional toolkit; drink a cup a day and watch your performance and general health improve!