Bone broth is often referred to as a “super food,” “nutrient-dense food,” or even “nature’s multivitamin,” but what does all that really mean? Nutrient-dense foods are high in vital substances that provide nourishment essential for growth and the maintenance of life. These nutrients may include vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats. They also tend to be relatively low in calories despite their wealth of healthy substances.
When you give your dog bone broth, you are providing an excellent source of the following 10 nutrients in a delicious, easy-to-absorb form.
1. Amino Acids
Bone broth contains more than 19 easy-to-absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. They also serve several vital metabolic roles in your dog’s body such as building and repairing muscle tissue, supporting the mineral density of the bones, boosting the body’s ability to absorb and synthesize nutrients, and maintaining muscle and connective tissue health.
2. Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs)
Glycosaminoglycans, commonly reffered to as GAGs maintain and support the collagen and elastin between bones and connective tissues. They are also important in digestive health since they help restore the intestinal lining. The three major GAGs are chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid.
Chondroitin sulfate is often sold in conjunction with glucosamine to reduce inflammation, support healthy joints and ease pain associated with aging and arthritis. Chondroitin occurs naturally in the joint cartilage of all animals, meaning that bone broth is packed with this nutrient.
Glucosamine helps cushion the joints and improve shock absorption during physical activity. It aids in the production of the chemicals involved in building tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and the thick fluid that surrounds joints.
Hyaluronic acid is important for supporting the joints, combating osteoarthritis, and providing catilage with the resilience it needs to resist compression.
Gelatin is the breakdown of collagen that results from the cooking process of bone broth. It acts as a soft cushion between the bones in your dog’s joints, allowing them to “glide” without friction. Gelatin provides the building blocks needed to form and maintain connective tissue and strong bones, take pressure off aging joints, and support heathy bone mineral density.
The collagen found in bone broth’s gelatin is responsible for the stock’s immune-boosting properties, and also soothes and protects the lining of the digestive tract.
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