Try Beef Bone Broth For Migraines
To Stop Your Attacks

Written by Holly Hazen

Did you know that beef bone broth for migraines is neuroprotective? So does this mean it will help stop our migraines?

Yes it does! Or at least provide another alternative for prevention.

Beef bone broth should help reduce migraine attacks by protecting our neurons from injury or degeneration, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Our neurons carry messages between our brain and other parts of our body forming the basic unit of our nervous systems. (ibid)

Our nerves over stimulate and over excite with migraines.

It also heals your gut lining. This is why I started drinking it, and found out about it helping the migraines a few months later. Along with the Ketogenic Diet, but more on that later.

Below are the basic instructions to make a nutritious beef bone broth for migraines. You can drink a cup up to three times a day should you wish to test the benefits.

Perfecting a beef bone broth for migraines recipe proved to be a bit tricky. And I found it all a bit overwhelming once I started doing some research. So, I have also written these pages with more details, should you need them like I did!

Both the Paleo and GAPS diet says that drinking bone broth is one of the single most important things you can do to encourage optimum health. And they list migraines as one of the ailments it helps.

Beef bone broth has been around since the Stone Age. Traditionally bone broth was used to cure many illnesses through out the ages. But in modern health and disease, it seems to be over looked.

This article in From the Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients by Allison Siebecker, one of my favorite health professionals, says it much more thoroughly than I ever could.

Traditional Bone Broth in Modern Day Health and Disease

Click here for Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Broth.

"Broth, made from the bones of animals, has been consumed as a source of nourishment for humankind throughout the ages. It is a traditional remedy across cultures for the sick and weak.

A classic folk treatment for colds and flu, it has also been used historically for ailments that affect connective tissues such as the gastrointestinal tract, the joints, the skin, the lungs, the muscles and the blood.

Broth has fallen out of favor in most households today, probably due to the increased pace of life that has reduced home cooking in general. Far from being old-fashioned, broth (or stock) continues to be a staple in professional and gourmet cuisine, due to its unsurpassed flavor and body.

It serves as the base for many recipes including soup, sauces and gravy. Broth is a valuable food and a valuable medicine, much too valuable to be forgotten or discounted in our modern times with our busy ways and jaded attitudes." - Allison Siebecker

Perhaps the recent GAPS diet developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the Paleo diet, and Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Broth will help it make a comeback.

Will Bone Broth Benefit Migraines?

I remain the skeptic until I test it out myself. So I am happy to report that three months later, my migraines have reduced by four or five days per month. I will keep you posted on how long this lasts.

Beef Bone Broth for Migraines

Besides the enhanced flavor that bone broth adds into any savory dish, it also improves digestion and the immune system. It is full of minerals and will nourish all of our lovely body parts that are related to collagen. So, this means bones, tendons, ligaments, joints, skin, and our mucus membranes.

So, if you are under nourished from having too many migraines, or are having digestion problems, then making this broth is worth experimenting with.

My doctor told me that the high fat content in beef marrow and bone broth is Neuroprotective for migraines. 

That is the first time I've heard that term used! I am now on a Ketogenic diet, which is also neuroprotective, but more on that later!

Bone Broth Is Rich in Minerals and Amino Acids

Beef Bone Broth Marrow

Many migraineurs are deficient in magnesium and this can often mean calcium too.

Making this beef bone broth for migraines with organic or grass fed bones will supply your body with these much needed minerals as well as: phosphorous, sodium, potassium, silicon and other trace minerals.

It is essential that you add plain white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to your cold water before cooking in order for the minerals to leach from the bones.

The amino acids that will be in your homemade broth are: glycine, proline, glutamine and the more familiar protein sugars - glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.

Important: you must add an acid like apple cider vinegar to the water for at least 30 minutes (one hour is better) before cooking so the mineral leach from the bones into your broth. Let it all soak before cooking.

What Bones Do I Get?

It is best to obtain a variety of bones so you get both red and yellow marrow. Red marrow is found in flat bones like: ribs, vertebrae, hip and the ends of long bones. Yellow marrow is found in the center of long bones. Ask your butcher to cut them in half or quarters for you so you can get to the marrow easily.

“Red marrow is so valuable because it is where blood stem cells are found. When you drink a broth made with a good source of red marrow, you are drinking all those stem cell factors that ultimately build your body’s strength and support your own immune function.”

Make sure the bones you get are organic and grass fed or free range. After all we ARE eating what those animals were eating before they went to the butcher shop.

Beef Bone Broth for Migraines - Basic Cooking Suggestions

Here are some basic cooking instructions to make beef bone broth for migraines the best it can be:

1. Place raw or roasted bones into a large stock pot and cover with water.

2. Add two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar to cold water one hour prior to cooking. This helps to pull out important nutrients from the bones into the water. You can use up to ¼ cup of vinegar if you don’t mind the taste.

3. Fill your stock pot with filtered water or natural spring water (not tap water).  You should use between two to six liters of water depending on the size of your stock pot. Leave sufficient room at the top for the water to boil.

4. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a medium simmer. Remove the scum as it collects at the top of the stock pot. Do this for about the first hour or so.

5. Remove the bones and transfer them to a slow cooker. Put it on low for 24 to 72 hours. The more you can manage is really the best. 72 hours is great. This long slow cooking time gets all the nutrients from the bones and marrow into the water along with collagen. The collagen is an important part of healing the gut.

6. After more than 20 hours, remove the bones and strain the liquid to remove bits. Keep the marrow in a separate glass container and allow it all to cool in a few shallow glass containers on your counter top.

7. When it’s cool enough to touch, place it all in the fridge over night.

8. The fat will rise to the top and form a protective layer. Leave it there until you are ready to use it. This is actually really important. I'll tell you why in more detail on the tips page. I told you making beef bone broth for migraines was tricky! ENJOY!

Source - Beef Bone Broth for Migraines:  Gates, D. (2007) The Body Ecology Diet. B.E.D. Publications: USA. (More soups on pages 201-212).

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