Bone marrow is the soft, gelatinous substance that fills the cavities of bones. It is a nutrient dense and energy rich whole food, containing hemopoietic stem cells, healthy essential fats, collagen, and minerals.
However, much of the western world views bone marrow as a byproduct of meat. The nutritional value of bone marrow, and the corresponding health benefits, are thus greatly underappreciated. This has been a common belief for many decades but fortunately bone marrow, and its lesser derivative bone broth, have been making a strong comeback.
There are two types of bone marrow – red bone marrow and yellow bone marrow. Each performs a different function. Red bone marrow has a rich blood supply, and produces red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The red coloration comes from the presence of hemoglobin in red blood cells. Red marrow occurs throughout the skeleton during infancy. At birth, a calf’s bone marrow is comprised completely of red marrow.
Yellow bone marrow mainly occurs in the marrow cavity of long bones. As a calf ages, red bone marrow is replaced by the yellow bone marrow. It mainly acts as a store of fat cells. The yellow coloration comes from the carotenoids in fat. Yellow marrow produces fat cells, cartiliage and bones. From a nutritional standpoint, red marrow contains more active substances, such as hemopoietic stem cells. Because our bone marrow is extracted from young calves, it contains a high percentage of red marrow and thus has greater nutritional value than bone marrow from older animals.
Bone marrow is largely comprised of healthy fats. Not too long ago, nutritionists erroneously professed that eating foods containing fat would lead to obesity and heart disease. But they were very wrong. With more research, scientists now understand the importance of consuming certain types of fat in a healthy diet.
The monounsaturated fat in bone marrow is an essential nutrient. The human body cannot produce it; it must be consumed. Fat is required for many bodily functions. It is a source of energy. It is needed to absorb some vitamins and minerals. It is necessary for cell function. And it is essential for producing hormones and controlling inflammation.
The most prominent benefit of consuming bone marrow is that it can improve overall heart health.
Bone marrow’s fatty acids may improve cardiovascular health by lowering harmful LDL cholesterol while raising beneficial HDL cholesterol levels. This enhances the function of blood vessels throughout the body. Bone marrow is also a natural source of collagen, which is beneficial for connective tissues, bones, skin, hair and nails. Bone marrow has conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a super-nutrient with fat burning and anti-cancer properties, and many vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.
Our bone marrow begins with 100% grass fed cows raised in the beautiful Canterbury Plains of New Zealand. Our cows live entirely outdoors and feed on lush, green pasture year round. New Zealand’s climate, clean air and plentiful water in are perfect for raising cows that are naturally robust and healthy.
Antler Farms® Bone Marrow is freeze dried to ensure its beneficial nutrients remain preserved and highly bioactive.
When choosing bone marrow supplements, it is particularly important that sources are pure and clean. Toxins are stored in the fat cells (bone marrow) of animals. Therefore, the consumption of bone marrow should be limited to only naturally healthy, grass fed animals. Our bone marrow is 100% pure, with no added fillers or binders. No hormones, antibiotics, hyper-immunizations, or GMO’s are used to raise our cows.
ABOUT ANTLER FARMS
Antler Farms® is a New Zealand based producer of high quality, natural dietary supplements for sports, health and fitness. Though we are headquartered in the Canterbury region of beautiful New Zealand, we specialize in bringing our products to the North American market through our distribution center in the USA.
At Antler Farms®, we believe that what you put into your body matters, that factory farmed food products have no place in our diet, and that small companies should strive to make the best products instead of the biggest profits. We thank you for your support.
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