As we have sought to slow the progression of Jim’s dementia, we have made a series of radical changes to his diet. Along the way we have discovered a few dietary “magic bullets.” One of those magic bullets — and one that gives you more bang for your buck than just about anything — is beef bone broth. It is a delicious broth, rich in nutrients and minerals, produced by simmering beef bones and other ingredients for many hours.
I got tuned into the benefits of bone broth when Jim’s inflammation specialist recommended I give Jim a cup daily. Why go the bone broth route? With conventional treatments of dementia there is nothing curative – these treatments only help with symptoms. On the other hand, – meaning changes to diet, exercise and sleep habits and more. And beef bone broth should definitely be part of a lifestyle management program for anyone diagnosed with dementia.
What specifically is so great about beef bone broth? In one short sentence – it can transform your health! It will help detoxify your body, reduce brain fog, give you a huge immunity boost, and protect you from viruses. It is almost a magical concoction of nutrients. The stock contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and sulfur in a form the body can easily absorb. In addition, the collagen (a protein in connective tissue) that is extracted from the bones during the cooking process can help restore youthful vigor, tighten skin and diminish cellulite. Some people call it the “surgery–free way to improve skin.”
I buy grass–fed beef bones at a farmer’s market or organic–style grocery store. It is cooked for 8 to 10 hours, and there are many recipes out on the internet. We make enough so that it lasts for at least a month by freezing several bottles after it cools. It can also be used in soups or other dishes.
Jim drinks a cup of bone broth with breakfast every day. His inflammation doctor told me it was one of the only chances he has to regrow brain cells. I obviously don’t know if that has happened or not, but I do know that his dementia doctor says that Jim’s current condition is extremely “atypical.” He has noticed that over the last six months Jim has actually improved – something he said he does not see in his patients. I’m sure the reasons for that improvement are many, but one of those must be the positive changes we’ve made to Jim’s diet – including the daily cup of bone broth. I think Jim has also gotten some of the cosmetic benefits from bone broth too, as you’ll see from the photo below, which was taken last week. For someone about to turn 78, I think he looks amazing (and is still so handsome to me!).
God tells us in the Bible that His people perish for “lack of knowledge.” Certainly bone broth is something I had no knowledge of a year ago, but I needed to know. Fortunately we went to a specialist who enlightened us. It has been a reminder to me that we cannot stop learning and seeking out new developments in the treatment of dementia. In this evolving field of medicine, there is so much left to discover.