Bone Broth: A Cure for Cellulite?

by Ann Marie Michaels on July 27, 2011

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This post was written by Melissa at The Cellulite Investigation blog. I love her blog and I know you will, too.

When Ann Marie asked me to write a guest post for her bone broth challenge, I didn’t know where to begin. Daily consumption of bone broth is the most plausible anti-cellulite treatment I’ve uncovered since I started blogging about cellulite nearly two years ago. I’ve come to this conclusion from two different angles.

Clue #1: The Cellulite Solution by Dr. Howard Murad

I first started to suspect bone broth as a cellulite cure after reading The Cellulite Solution by Dr. Howard Murad. Dr. Murad is a dermatologist with thirty years of experience in the healthcare profession. He is also one of the few physicians who spent a significant amount of his career studying cellulite and helping women treat cellulite through nutrition.

According to Dr. Murad, supplements are the most important part of a cellulite recovery plan, especially Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), glucosamine, and related nutrients that help repair damaged connective tissue. At one point he even redraws the food pyramid to include supplements at the apex.

Oddly, the nutrients he recommends for cellulite are glaringly absent from the recommended meal plans in his book. Instead, he prescribes a low-fat diet with vegetable broth in place of bone broth, limited animal products, and only 1-2 eggs per week.

The discrepancies between the supplements Dr. Murad prescribes for his patients and the meal plans he recommends in his book are explained in the acknowledgments section where he thanks Dr. John Westerdahl (an outspoken advocate of a vegetarian diet) for his advice on nutrition. Knowing this, I suspect the meal plan section of The Cellulite Solution is based primarily on Dr. Westerdahl’s input. It does not reflect Dr. Murad’s successful work with cellulite patients. It doesn’t even incorporate his groundbreaking research on cellulite and nutrition.

Clue #2: Bone Broth and Fluoride Detox

The second angle that led me to bone broth as an effective anti cellulite treatment is more complicated to explain. Because of my research on the lymphatic system with The Cellulite Investigation, I figured out that fluoride was the source of my chronic cystic acne, a condition known as fluoroderma.

After curing my acne by limiting my fluoride exposure, I began to search for a way to detoxify stored fluoride from my body. Fluoride is known to accumulate in bone, skin, and connective tissue (hence the cellulite connection). I hypothesized that my body would release fluoride from these areas if I gave it healthy raw material made from these same elements.

The first type of broth I used to test to my theory was shrimp stock. Not only are shrimp shells one of the richest sources of glucosamine, but shrimp stock is also high in iodine which is known for its ability to displace fluoride (see The Iodine Project). The shrimp stock provoked a strong fluoroderma-like reaction in my skin. Could it be a sign that the fluoride in my body was on its way out? Would my cellulite be next?

For the past several months, I’ve been using pastured lamb and beef broth instead of shrimp stock to test the theory that traditional bone broth can detox fluoride and heal cellulite. It is too early to tell if the theory is valid. I am still unable to drink broth on a daily basis without seeing a reaction on my skin, but the connection between bone broth and cellulite continues to gain credence the more I learn about fluoride and its effect on collagen and connective tissue.

I’m hoping Ann Marie’s bone broth challenge will bring a few more cellulite success stories to add to our growing collection.

Share Your Experience

For those of you who are participating, have you noticed any changes in your cellulite situation, or any symptoms of detox in general? I’m looking forward to reading about your observations in the comments section below!

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ofthec July 27, 2011 at 2:56 AM

Very interesting, one of my detox symptoms has indeed been cystic acne. I’ve also had an all over headache vs my normal one side of the head headache and salt flushing helped relieve it.

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Elizabeth Walling July 27, 2011 at 6:08 AM

I love Melissa’s investigative work–she always manages to find the most interesting facts and theories about cellulite, acne and lymphatic health. I’ve definitely learned SO much from her blog.

I think bone broth should definitely be considered a superfood, its benefits are just so far reaching it’s really a shame that it doesn’t get more attention!

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emilyk July 27, 2011 at 7:27 AM

I had never seen Melissa’s blog before, but this all looks very interesting. Thanks for the guest post.

I had no idea fluoride could cause acne. I read The Fluoride Deception and was absolutely appalled. So, we have been trying to eliminate it at our house, but in a region with fluoridated water, it is hard to do. We buy spring water, and we have a filter on our shower…but who knows how much fluoride that actually removes. Maybe none. The original idea with that was that we wanted to get rid of chlorine. We’ve talked to companies about some sort of whole-house filtration system that would remove the fluoride and chlorine, but we’ve been told that such a filter would be so large that it just isn’t done. Too bad a mining place contaminated all of our groundwater, so a well is not an option either. What to do, what to do? (Answer: the best we can.)

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ErikaFlorence July 27, 2011 at 9:03 AM

This is a really fascinating article. I have thought about fluoride and health implications in the past but never in relation to skin health. I love the idea of using bone broth to deal with cellulite and specifically the idea that iodine rich broths may help deal with fluoride detoxification. Just added Melissa’s blog to my reader and look forward to keeping up with her progress!

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imblst July 27, 2011 at 9:27 AM

i’m not thinking real straight these days…. lots going on my life…. but anyway.. i don’t understand… is she saying low fat and vegetable broth and only 2 eggs a week is good for celulite reduction????? surely not on CHEESESLAVE’s website! :)

as far as me noticing any effects yet from all the bonebroth and gelatin… i have not had any results yet… but it’s only been a month… i’m not giving up… and even if it doesn’t go away (i sure hope it does) i’m still eating a lot more of this superfood than i was before… and so is my husband. he started eating more broth as a result of this contest, too…. and what timing!!!!! he was preparing to go to guatemala on a church missions trip… and now his immune system is built up in prep for the trip… he is there now and is doing GREAT.. and we’re talking about a man who seems to have a very weak immune system … he used to get sick several times a year….

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Elizabeth Walling July 27, 2011 at 11:35 AM

No, Melissa was saying how strange it was that the very nutrients the doctor recommended are suspiciously deficient in the diet he promotes (which she explained by noting a zealous vegetarian aided in writing the diet section of the book). Eggs and bone broth are still where it’s at. ;)

Great testimonial about your husband! Broth really does work wonders.

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imblst July 27, 2011 at 12:06 PM

thanks for explaining. i read & reread it…. i’m not dense… i just couldn’t grasp what she was saying.

my hubby LOVES soup… more than i realized… YAY!!! he always told me he was a soup man… now i can take advantage of that and feed him the good stuff!

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ofthec July 27, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Oh a soup man, mine is an anti soup man but he doesn’t complain anymore when I cook because he knows how hard I try to make it healthy!

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sewpretty13 July 27, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Have you tried adding the elderberry berries to your diet? I found some growing in my yard and have been trying to add them to our diet in hopes we will not get the sickness-flu this fall.

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imblst July 27, 2011 at 7:03 PM

i made some elderberry gello… but he never did eat any of it. i’ll have to try it again. i have some local elderberries available.

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ofthec July 27, 2011 at 7:10 PM

good idea, did you make them from the dried then re-hydrated or fresh?

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imblst July 27, 2011 at 7:17 PM

they were frozen fresh

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imblst July 27, 2011 at 7:17 PM

i did cook them in a little water in the crockpot first.. then added gelatin

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paisley July 27, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Flouride as a case of acne is brilliant. Although I still have cystic acne (at 46) and have little to no exposure to flouride. It still gets me thinking. Thanks for the post.

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cheeseslave July 27, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Paisley, where do you live? Fluoride is everywhere it seems. In bottled drinks, wine water, in tap water, restaurant food, etc.

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skupe July 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Do you think Bernard Jensens’ gelatin will work for cellulite also?

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imblst July 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM

cheeseslave is including this in her bone broth challenge… either Bernard Jensens or Great Lakes brand

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cheeseslave July 27, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Yes gelatin is essentially heated collagen. It is collagen that helps to restore the skin.

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FarmerKimberly July 27, 2011 at 11:17 AM

My (possible) general detox included increased appetite at first, but then nausea and headache later.

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Karen A. July 28, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Hey FarmerKimberly! I remember you saying that. I have missed our chats!

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mfmfmf July 27, 2011 at 5:07 PM

thanks for this – i just found cellulite on my thighs this year and i’m very eager to get rid of them! but i can’t imagine myself making bone broths more than once a week – will that help??

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sewpretty13 July 27, 2011 at 6:56 PM

I think my cellulite is a little less, but I have a ways to go. I have been drinking the broth at every meal for 2 months now. I would love it if it worked! I have been drinking bone broth made from marrow bones from Whole Foods. There are no knuckle bones in the mix, only marrow, so does that mean there is not enough glucosamine or collagen?

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alisonwisconsin July 27, 2011 at 7:11 PM

I have a baby with a lot of food allergies and we are on GAPS…..is it bad to say that I think she has cellulite? I think it is slowly getting better though with all the broth she’s drinking!

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Linda xo July 27, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I’ve not seen any difference in the bit of cellulite I have, but I do think my skin looks better. If that’s the best I can get from this tweak in my diet, I’m certainly not going to complain about it. One concern I have about enhancing my connective tissue: I have ovarian cysts and I’m wondering if this dietary alteration is going to make them worse. I guess I’ll find out during the next sonogram. Thoughts?

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sewpretty13 July 28, 2011 at 7:20 PM

I do think my hair is shinier since on GAPS. It is not as dry and brittle as it usually is.

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Sally July 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I had beef broth this morning… Not sure about reducing cellulite, though. I wonder how much you would need to drink to see results. I do feel that my digestion has improved from drinking bone broths and my fingernails are stronger.

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JennB August 17, 2011 at 8:08 AM

I came across this post by googling bone broth. I googled bone broth because I have 2 old dogs that have failing health and I’m considering taking their diets into my own hands. I am so glad I came across this page! It really does make sense-common sense! Thanks for your research on the matter and thanks for the springboard into my own research! I have just started incorporating bone broth into my cooking for my family (about one month now). I am excited about the nutrients they are receiving. I don’t notice a reduction in cellulite (not yet anyway) but like I said I am excited to do more research on the subject.
Thank you!

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Linda xo August 17, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Hey, this is a good idea. I have a doberman who is in the throes of “maturity”, and I know she’s going to love getting stock poured over her dinner. Thanks for the inspiration!

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