It’s been hailed as one of today’s hottest health food trends by everyone from Dr. Oz to The New York Times. Now, following the path of so many human superfoods, Bone Broth has become available to the pet product market.
Cardinal Pet Care has introduced Pet Botanics Grain-Free Omega Plus With Bone Broth dog treats, featuring a special bone broth formula developed to support canine joint health. Here are some FAQs about Bone Broth, what it is, what it does and why it can be beneficial to dogs.
What exactly is Bone Broth – is it really made from bones?
Yes, Bone Broth is a dense stock made from actual animal bones and connective tissues. Cattle, chicken, pig or fish bones are typically used. The bones and tissues are simmered slowly in water for an extended period of up to 24 hours or more with vinegar. This causes the bones and tissues to release nutrients and compounds such as gelatin, collagen, amino acids (including glutamine, proline, glycine, arginine), glucosamine, trace minerals and more.
Why is Bone Broth said to support joint health?
Bone Broth is rich in collagen and gelatin (which may break down into collagen in the body). The connective tissue, cartilage and joints all depend on a good supply of collagen to maintain their health, strength and flexibility. But collagen production declines with age, while the cartilage in the joints tends to wear away through continual use -- a one-two punch that creates added stress on the joints. Medical NewsToday cites a 2017 study appearing in the journal Sports Medicine, suggesting that gelatin supplementation increases the amount of collagen in the tissues, which may help protect the joints from stress. Consuming Bone Broth may be a good way to add gelatin to increase this protective collagen.
Can Bone Broth help when osteoarthritis is already present?
There’s a strong indication that Bone Broth can help fight osteoarthritis, because along with collagen, it contains two popular joint-supporting compounds that are commonly given as supplements to arthritis sufferers to help reduce inflammation and joint pain: chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine. Both compounds are components of normal cartilage, and in the body they appear to stimulate cartilage production.
More evidence of Bone Broth’s potential effectiveness against osteoarthritis can be found in a 2016 study in the Nutrition Journal, which looked at the effects of type 2 collagen in people who had osteoarthritis symptoms in their knees. It showed that the collagen, which was obtained from the connective tissues of chickens, can improve knee joint symptoms, such as pain, stiffness, and poorer physical function. Consuming bone broth may be an easy way to deliver this type of collagen to osteoarthritis sufferers.
Why should Bone Broth be given to dogs?
Dogs can suffer from a wide range of joint problems, many of which are degenerative like osteoarthritis, which is often caused by ligaments deteriorating over time. As with humans, the cartilage in dogs’ joints begins too thin as they age, causing pain, inflammation and loss of mobility. As dogs live longer, canine osteoarthritis has become even more common. The AKC estimates this condition can affect as many as one in five adult dogs. A number of authorities such as PetMD.com suggest that adding joint-supporting foods and supplements, such as those found in Bone Broth, can reduce pain and swelling and even help slow down or prevent the progression of arthritis in dogs.
Aside from supporting joint health, does Bone Broth offer other health advantages?
Bone Broth is said to provide digestive benefits, including reducing intestinal permeability (aka “leaky gut syndrome”), thanks to its supply of amino acids like glycine and proline. In a study published by the National Institutes of Health, which was conducted on rats, glycine was shown to have the ability to protect the small intestine against chemically and stress-induced ulcers. Restoring strength of the gut lining is helpful for fighting food sensitivities, such as grain, which some dogs are susceptible to.