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Bones Worth Chewing: Benefits of Bone Marrow

Bone marrow is fatty, nourishing, and a remedy for healing the digestive/immune system. It is a primal super-food that was once considered ‘brain food’ by our ancestors whom relied on it for healthy fats plus protein and minerals.

What is bone marrow?

Bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside of bones. Think, an animal’s leg, hip, or thigh bones. Marrow contains a variety of valuable bone-building cells that can help to revitalize your body and promote good bone growth among many other things.

Marrow has a special nutritional profile, especially when sourced from grass-fed animals, and plays a key role in bone/connective tissue formation. The fat profile in marrow is made up of monounsaturated fat, a decent amount of polyunsaturated fat, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA); known as a potent cancer inhibitor.

An important nutrient in bone marrow is DHA. This omega-3 fatty acid is necessary for proper development of eyes, brain and other vital organs. If you are pregnant or in your childbearing years …. this is your food. If you have young kids, this is your (their) food. 

Ways to eat bone marrow.

The trick is to introduce this food (+ other ‘weird’ food like fish heads, heart, liver, kidneys) at a young age before they begin to question what is put in front of them or make judgments. If you do have an older child, or you yourself are timid to trying, then you will probably need to camouflage or hide the marrow in other food. You can easily roast the bones ahead of time and spoon out the marrow to add to soups, gravy, mashed potatoes, etc. 

Bone marrow can be eaten raw or cooked. Plain or in soup. It’s incredibly easy-to-digest and makes for a perfect 1st food for baby or an aging, even very ill, person who needs to recover strength. Ramiel Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay, believes marrow, along with fermented cod liver oil, is the secret to reversing tooth decay because it re-mineralizes tooth dentin and adds a measure of safety to an already healthy diet. 

I source my grass-fed bones from nearby farmers for a very affordable price. You can also ask around at your local farmers market or buy from online farmers. Keep in mind, that the broader the bone, the more the marrow. After you or the kids are done slurping down the marrow, you can use bones to make stock 🙂  

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