Bone broth is a whole food source of many beneficial components such as glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen, gelatin and glutamine. The body is able to use these components more efficiently when together in their natural form than in individual supplements. Collagen protects joint cartilage, tendons and ligaments against tears and may be beneficial for arthritis. When collagen breaks down through cooking it produces gelatin, one of the first functional foods, which can help with food allergies and sensitives and autoimmune disorders by supporting gut healing, as well as reducing systemic inflammation. Bone broth is a source of non-essential amino acids often missing from processed diets.
Celery has anti-inflammatory properties, helps protect the digestive tract and liver, and has shown to possess anti-tumor properties. Some studies show that celery may reduce nervousness in animals. Phthalides, which gives celery it’s unique aroma and taste, have been found to relax the smooth muscles on the inner walls of blood vessels which facilitates healthy blood pressure. Coumarin is another component of celery that supports the immune system and helps fight off infection by stimulating the body’s white blood cell activity.
Coconut oil is a source of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which is a specific kind of fat which boosts metabolism and provides a quick source of n0n-carbohydrate energy, supporting weight loss. Coconut oil has antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Additional benefits include improved digestion absorption of fat soluble vitamins, elimination of bad breath, improved skin and coat, reduction in allergic reactions, supporting treatment and prevention of yeast and fungal infections, including candida.
Dandelion greens are best known for their detoxifying properties. They stimulate the liver to eliminate waste material and toxins. Dandelion greens can stimulate appetite and help with digestion. As a natural diuretic, they help keep the kidneys and urinary tract free of toxic substances. Referred to as “the official remedy of disorders” in the 1800’s.
Ginger is a very powerful anti-inflammatory. Compounds in ginger help to ease digestion, stimulate saliva and bile production and soothe an upset stomach. Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation, ease arthritis pain and is specifically shown to suppress pro-inflammatory compounds in the joints.
Kale is exceptionally nutrient rich and is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It combines both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in a way that makes it one of the best foods to feed to avoid chronic inflammation and oxidative stress, which are both major precursors to all sorts of diseases. Rich in glucosinolates, it contains antibacterial and antiviral properties, and is actually able to induce cancer cell death, or apoptosis.
Lemon has an alkalizing effect (balance pH) which can relieve arthritis pain. Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including limonene which has been shown to slow and possibly halt the growth of cancer tumors. The anti-oxidants in lemons help the body fight aging. It is a detoxifier, anti-bacterial, a digestive aid, and a natural de-wormer.
Parsley is best known as a breath freshener and a good source of chlorophyll due to it’s rich green color. Chlorophyll has been shown to block carcinogenic alfatoxins (found in some grain based kibble) from even entering the bloodstream. Parsley is also a diuretic which is beneficial to waste elimination and urinary health. Parsley contains a volatile oil called myristicin, which is a “chemoprotective” food that can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens by slowing tumor growth or neutralizing oxidative stress.
Curcumin, is the phytochemical that gives turmeric it’s rich color, has anti-inflammatory effects shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and OTC drugs like Motrin. It helps the body destroy mutated cancer cells and works on multiple pathways so they can’t spread and enhances liver function.
Zucchini is an anti-microbial and anti-parasitic. It is an excellent source of lutein, which is important for eye health and preventing cataracts. It is rich in vitamin C, which is important for a strong immune system.