Heard About “Liquid Gold?”

January 30, 2015

– It’s the Hottest New Sports Nutrition Drink!

Athletes looking to gain energy, speed, endurance, stamina, improve bone density, and speed up their recovery time, might want to consider drinking the hottest new sports nutrition drink – Liquid Gold, or more commonly known as bone broth.

Did she just say bone broth?  Yep, bone broth is all over the news lately – The Today ShowThe New York TimesMens Journal, and ESPN – just to name a few. Everyone from athletes to executives seem to be filling up their coffee cups with this glistening golden liquid slowly simmered with organic chicken or beef bones.

So what exactly is bone broth?  And what is so magical about it anyway?  Bone broth is made by simmering organic chicken or beef bones in water with some stock vegetables, and a tablespoon or two of raw apple cider vinegar for 12-24 hours. Doing this creates a deep golden liquid rich in collagen and gelatin – which can give it a little bit of a gelatinous feeling – but is incredibly healing to the joints, connective tissue, and gastrointestinal tract (plus as a bonus, offers amazing anti-aging benefits to the skin). Simmering bones in broth for hours also extracts important vitamins and minerals – including calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, and chloride (yep – smart athletes will recognize those as important electrolytes that need replenishing after a long, hard training session). And the broth is also rich in amino acids – important for muscle building, detoxification, and recovery.  Season it with some high quality Himalayan or Celtic sea salt, and you add in sodium and additional trace minerals – all important for hard working athletes, and healthy adrenals.

Why is this slowly simmered broth so popular?  Just ask Kobe Byrant – who according to this article from ESPN, has been drinking bone broth daily for about 3 years. Kobe has learned how important high quality nutrition is for his performance as he has gotten older.  But the question is, does Bryant think drinking bone broth helps his game? “It definitely contributes,” Bryant said to ESPN. “I think it’s a balance of a lot of things, but I think doing the small things all together, it makes a big difference.”  Bone broth devotees say that it gives them energy, boosts immunity, improves recovery, digestion, and much more.

But not everyone is jumping on the bone broth bandwagon – this Today Show contributor tried it for a week, and will be happy to never sip or smell the stuff again.  Maybe one week is not enough?  I say if it is important enough for the Lakers to have bone broth waiting for them in every city that they travel to – then it might be worth a try!!

So what can you do if you want to give it a go, but you don’t have 12-24 hours to make bone broth? There are bone broth windows cropping up in New York City, and you can even buy organic chicken broth by the cupful at Jimbos Natural Grocery, or in the freezer section at Jimbos or Seaside Market, which is made right here in Carlsbad by Lance Roll, also known as “The Flavor Chef”. You can order his broth online at the Brothery.com too.  You can also find slightly less expensive boxed bone broth sold in the cooking stock area of Whole Foods from brand Pacific Foods, which I like to use in recipes that call for stock.  Besides sipping, bone broth can be used to make rice, quinoa, and can be transformed into other soups – like this delicious Creamy Broccoli soup (also dairy free).

So what do you think?  Will you give bone broth a try?  Not sure?  Read this article from the Wellness Mama to learn more – she also includes her recipe for chicken bone broth (yep – hers includes the feet for extra collagen and gelatin, but if you aren’t sure about the feet – you can start with just the other bones first and work your way up to the feet)!

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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