Eating Bone Marrow​

The benefits of eating bone marrow include joint support, improvements in skin health, immune system benefits, and much more. Loaded with cancer-killing alkylglycerols, micronutrients, stem cells and amino acids, bone marrow can help your body heal wounds, fight off foreign invaders, and build important body parts.

Bone marrow is a rich source of nutrients, including collagen, fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamins A, D, E, and K), minerals (such as iron, zinc, and magnesium), and omega-3 fatty acids.

Among many seemingly miraculous feats, the bioactive compounds found in bone marrow can send self-destruct messages to cancer cells, heal wounds, build cartilage, make proteins, reduce inflammation, and improve skin quality.

Eating Bone Marrow on Plate with Woman and Dog

THE SCIENCE OF BONE MARROW BENEFITS

Welcome to the world of meat butter, where eating bone marrow is not just for dogs.

What is Bone Marrow?

Bone marrow, the original paleo brain food, is a fatty, nutrient dense, energy rich, gelatinous substance found in the center of bones.

Hiding in such places as the leg bones of cows, bone marrow is a superfood only the bravest alpha animals dare to eat.

As with any food, bone marrow should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Not just for lucky pets and beasts of the wild, organic marrow bones can be a delicious source of nutrition for pup and person.

Benefits of Eating Bone Marrow

Quality marrow bones are home to hoards of bioavailable micronutrients (i.e. minerals and vitamins), stem cells, amino acids, collagen and alkylglycerols.

These bone dwellers are useful in aiding activities like protecting the body from foreign invaders, forcing cancer cells to kill themselves, healing wounds, reducing bruising, promoting healthy skin, building important body parts (like bones or tendons), improving brain function, reducing inflammation and a number of other life supporting pursuits.

Joint Benefits

Bone marrow is a rich source of collagen, which is an incomplete protein that plays a critical role in the health of our joints.

Collagen is the main component of connective tissue, including cartilage and tendons, and it helps to provide strength and elasticity to these structures.

Consuming bone marrow can help to increase collagen production in the body, which may help to improve joint health and reduce the risk of conditions such as osteoarthritis.

Bone marrow also contains other nutrients such as glycine, proline and hydroxyproline which are important for the health of joints and connective tissue.

Skin Benefits

Bone marrow contains several nutrients that may help to improve skin health, including collagen, vitamins A and E, and fatty acids.

Collagen is a protein that provides structural support to the skin, helping to keep it firm and elastic. Consuming bone marrow may help to increase collagen production in the body, which can help to improve the overall appearance of the skin.

Vitamin A is an important nutrient for skin health as it helps to promote cell growth and repair.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals.

These vitamins present in bone marrow can help to improve the texture, tone, and overall appearance of the skin.

Fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids, are important for maintaining the integrity of the skin’s barrier function, which helps to keep the skin moisturized and protected from environmental damage.

Immune Benefits

Bone marrow is a rich source of essential nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, which are important for maintaining a healthy immune system.

For example, bone marrow contains high levels of zinc which play a critical role in the function of the immune system. Zinc is involved in the activation of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting off infection and disease.

Bone marrow also contains high levels of vitamin A, which is also important for the function of the immune system. It helps to promote the production of white blood cells, and also helps to protect against infections.

Fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids, also play an important role in the function of the immune system. They help to reduce inflammation in the body, which is a key factor in the development of many chronic health conditions.

Beneficial Compounds Inside of Bone Marrow

Stem Cells

Bone marrow contains myeloid and lymphoid stem cells.

Myeloid stem cells are the precursor to red blood cells, which carry oxygen to other cells in the body.

Lymphoid stem cells are the precursors to white blood cells, which are essential for proper immune function, and platelets, which are important for blood clotting.

Upon venturing outside of the bone marrow and into other parts of the body, these immature precursor cells subsequently transform to mature cells.

Amino Acids

The amino acids glycine and proline are also found inside of bone marrow.

Glycine plays a role in the production of other amino acids, the reparation of proteins, the manufacture of heme (the oxygen carrying compound in blood), and glycogenesis (i.e. glucose production).

It also aids digestion by enhancing gastric acid secretion, acts as a precursor for glutathione of which large quantities are necessary to detoxify the liver following chemical exposure, and is vital to the healing of soft tissue and wounds.

Proline is an essential structural component of collagen, making it vital to healthy skin, bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. It has also been implicated in preventing depression and improving memory.

Collagen

Bone marrow is one of the most nutrient dense sources of natural gelatin, which is collagen in food form (i.e. collagen that has been extracted from the body and cooked for consumption). 

Rich in amino acids (namely glycine and proline), gelatin decreases the quantity of complete protein needed by the body (because amino acids are the building blocks of protein). It also aids in wound healing, acts as an anti-inammatory, helps heal and coat the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract, facilitates digestion and assimilation of proteins, and plays a critical role in the formation and repair of cartilage and bone.

Gelatin

Rich in amino acids (namely glycine and proline), gelatin decreases the quantity of complete protein needed by the body (because amino acids are the building blocks of protein). It also aids in wound healing, acts as an anti-inammatory, helps heal and coat the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract, facilitates digestion and assimilation of proteins, and plays a critical role in the formation and repair of cartilage and bone.

Minerals

Calcium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, magnesium, and manganese can all also be found in bone marrow. However, to obtain the maximum amount of minerals cook the bone to create a broth.

Vitamins

Bone marrow is a rich source of Vitamin A in its complete form and Vitamin E. 

Vitamin A plays an important role in immunity, vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, and cell differentiation.

Lipids

Bone marrow is a prime source of alkylglycerols (so are mothers’ milk and shark liver oil), and alkylglycerols are involved in a diverse array of bodily functions such as boosting immunity.

Notably, according to animal studies, alkylglycerols also appear to inhibit cancer growth by selectively killing cancerous cells using their ability to trigger apoptosis.

History

When Did Humans Start Eating Bone Marrow?

Around 2 million years ago, before early humans began hunting their own meat, our ancestors practiced more vulture-like habits. That is, they fed on the fallen remains of prey taken down by their generously carnivorous apex predator neighbors. These early scavenger folk learned to use tools to crack open the bones and skulls of animal carcasses.

Feasting on marrow bones and the fats lurking within them provided our ancestors with an optimal source of energy and nutrition. It is rumored that we learned about eating bone marrow by watching vultures pick it out after dropping femur bones to crack from the sky.

Contrary to our modern aversion to fats, it was in fact animal fats and proteins that improved the quality of the human diet by making digestion less energy intensive and thereby redirecting metabolic resources towards growing larger, more powerful brains. 

Scientists hypothesize that the switch to highly caloric, nutrient dense foods like bone marrow and other animal products diverted metabolic resources away from costly digestion of plant matter and towards creating more complex neuronal processing centers. This switch is thus likely what spurred the increase in hominid brain size to that which we so enjoy today.

Bone Marrow Recipe

Time: 5 minutes prep + 15 minutes in oven = 20 minutes 

Ingredients: Marrow Bones & Sea Salt

Directions:
1. Procure organic marrow bones from your local butcher or grocery store meat department 
2. Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
3. Place bones upright on baking sheet or cast iron pan. and top with sea salt
4. Roast for 15 minutes

To eat, use spoon or butter knife to scoop marrow from bone and spread on toast or pair with sides that strikes your fancy.

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The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association: “Anti-inflammatory effects of conjugated linoleic acid on young athletic males.”

National Institute of Health, Medline Plus: “Bone Marrow Diseases.”

Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity: “Multifarious Beneficial Effect of Nonessential Amino Acid, Glycine: A Review.”

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