Bone broth has been a popular health trend for years, and for good reason – it’s packed with nutrients and has a host of health benefits, including gut health (see our bone broth & gut health blog post here). But bone broth is also a superfood for women who are looking to support their hormones and prepare their bodies for having children.
As you may know by now, bone broth is rich in amino acids that help our body produce collagen. Collagen, the most abundant protein in our body, is vital for fertility because it promotes the health of our reproductive organs. Collagen is a key component of the extracellular matrix, a network of proteins and other molecules that surrounds and supports our cells. Collagen provides structure and support to the uterus, cervix, and vaginal walls of the female reproductive system.
Glycine and proline, two of the amino acids found in bone broth, can support women's hormones in several ways. Glycine helps to regulate the production of hormones like estrogen, which are critical for ovulation and menstrual cycle regulation. It also aids in the production of progesterone and testosterone, which respectively prepare the uterus for implantation and support follicle development and healthy egg production. Glycine also help to regulate cortisol levels, which can become elevated due to stress and disrupt hormone balance.
Proline, on the other hand, is essential for the production of collagen, which plays a role in the health of the reproductive organs, including the uterus and healthy cervical mucus.
Research has suggested that collagen supplementation may improve fertility outcomes for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). In a study published in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility, women who took a collagen supplement during IVF had higher rates of successful embryo implantation compared to those who did not. Bone broth is a natural way to include more collagen in your diet, without the fillers and sourcing concerns that can come with supplements.
In addition, the amino acids in bone broth can help to support the liver, which is responsible for detoxifying excess hormones from the body. This can be especially important for women who experience hormonal imbalances or conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
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