Kobe Bryant is old, well not actually old, just basketball old. He’s on the last legs of his career and ironically it’s his legs that are betraying him. You can’t outrun father time; mainly because father time punches you over and over again in the lower extremities until your sprint looks more like a competitive walk, which is really just another term for an extremely slow jog. Except Kobe is still running, jumping, and playing basketball at a very high level for his age.
I was floating through the internet awhile ago and found one of the reasons Kobe is still able to cross up and dunk on guys that are the SAME AGE as his NBA career. Kobe drinks bone broth. He’s played over 46,000 minutes in the NBA, a league that requires lightning quick movement, high impact leaping over and over, and marathon like endurance. A player’s body will break down over time. Kobe is trying to slow down that deterioration. He cites bone broth’s ability to reduce inflammation (which helps him recover and heal faster) as well as its ability to boost his energy.
Bone broth is about as Paleo as you can get. The benefits that Kobe cites are real and there are other benefits to. Here they are in no particular order:
- Bone broth helps the joints. Collagen, is the main structural protein that makes up bones, ligaments, and other connective tissues. Through the cooking process the collagen changes into gelatin which contains both proline and glycine. These two amino acids help joints recover and rebuild. Bone broth also contains glycosaminoglycans which has shown an ability to reduce pain in joints and greatly delay the process of arthritis
- Bone broth is FULL of minerals and other good things. Potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, proteins, sugars, and other nutrients
- Glycine, the amino acid mentioned earlier also assists the body in flushing out toxins. Getting rid of toxins is the liver’s job and glycine gives the liver a helping hand while helping create important antioxidants
- The digestive system is aided. Bone broth helps to digest fat, keep good cholesterol levels, and treat digestive issues like IBS or acid reflux.
- And lastly, it contains glutamine which is a treatment for the ever treacherous, Leaky Gut
Do yourself a favor and be like Kobe. Try bone broth and start to feel like one of the greatest NBA players of all time. Ok, maybe just start to feel better but that’s pretty good too.