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Plant-Based "Bone” Broth: The Lucky Solution

Animal bones are out, plant bones are in.

All over today’s wellness blogs and nutrition pages, everyone is buzzing about the benefits of bone broth. Health experts praise bone broth for its nutrient density and easy digestion. Another commonly noted pro: collagen. This popular protein proves responsible for plumping, cushioning, and protecting everything from your smile lines to your knees.

On the surface, bone broth sounds like the superfood we’ve all been looking for. The problem: bone broths are made by boiling the bones, tendons, and ligaments of animals. So although this product contains a wide array of necessary amino acids (the building blocks of protein), they are derived from animal proteins. The problem with this? Well, according to a study published in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, animal protein leads to higher levels of the cancer-promoting hormone IGF -1. This hormone sends a cue to our liver, signaling the presence of excess protein - the body’s building material. This excess of raw materials leads to rapid new tissue production. Unfortunately, some of this hasty new growth may become tumors. 

However, the negative effects produced by animal protein are not associated with plant protein. In fact, plant protein consumption has been shown to lower IGF-1; lower IGF-1, less hasty tissue production, less likelihood of tumor formation! Another problem with bone broth: most livestock animals, such as the ones used in the production of bone broth, receive exposure to varying amounts hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides over the course of their life. Human intake of these animals and their various parts compares to taking micro-doses of these substances with every bite (no thank you!). According to a report published by the FDA, approximately 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States are fed to farm animals. The addition of these foreign hormones are known to be one of the leading causes of superbugs and antibiotic resistance. 

The solution: aha Pure Foods Lucky Bones. Lucky Bones is the answer for those seeking the nutrient density and soothing digestive effects of bone broth without the negative consequences of animal protein.

Lucky Bones is no ordinary vegetable broth; it contains high-grade ingredients renowned for their medicinal properties, such as the mineral-rich sea vegetable dulse, the immune boosting shiitake mushroom, and cancer-fighting garlic. Lucky for us (and our bodies) they combine to form an out-of-this-world broth with a unique, yet gentle flavor due to hints of rosemary and thyme. Another pro: Lucky Bones delivers a whopping 12 grams of IGF-1-reducing plant protein per cup! It is through these and its other powerful alkalizing, plant-based ingredients, Lucky Bones does its part to re-establish balance in our often overly-acidic bodies. 

What about collagen you ask? Luckily, your body produces collagen itself, and our soup contains the nutrients your body needs to improve production! Garlic contains lipoic acid and taurine, which help repair damaged collagen. It also supplies sulfur, which is vital to the collagen production process. Leafy greens, such as the bok choy found in Lucky Bones, are full of antioxidants that protect collagen from free-radical breakdown. Think of race horses; As complete herbivores, they eat only plants, yet still have all the nutrients and collagen needed to support their incredible strength. When fueled with powerful plants, our bodies can do the same.

Give it a try, and see if Lucky Bones is the key to unlocking your next #ahahealthmoment. Use it to cook grains, sauté vegetables, as the base/stock for a soup of your own, or just sip it straight from a mug.  

Share your creations with the hashtag #ahahealthmoment on Facebook or Instagram, we would love to see what you come up with!


With Pure Intentions,

Jessica Plummer

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