I’ve always been a huge fan of superstar Halle Berry. I think she’s one of the most beautiful women to grace the big screen.
Halle Berry showed off her flawless complexion at a film premiere for her latest movie last year.
The actress, who won an Oscar for her role in Monster’s Ball, admits that growing older is stressful in Hollywood. And that’s there is tremendous pressure to go under the knife and “have work done.”
But 52-year-old Berry refuses to give in to that pressure. And there’s no need for her to do so because she has one of those faces that never seems to age…
She recently revealed that the strange secret to her smooth, flawless skin is old-fashioned bone broth.
It was never a “secret” to my grandmother. She always had a huge pot of it bubbling away on the kitchen stove. She believed a bowl of this healing broth could cure whatever ailed you.
Including your aging skin.
As it turns out, my grandma knew what she was talking about. Bone broth is full of collagen, the most abundant protein in your skin.
In fact, your skin is made up of about 75% collagen.
It’s what gives your face its strength, structure and elasticity. It keeps your skin smooth and plump. Without enough collagen, your skin starts to sag. And you start looking older than your years.
But as we age, the amount of collagen the body produces drops drastically. That’s when you start to notice thinning skin, less elasticity and fine lines.
That’s where bone broth makes such a difference. When you cook down bones, it breaks down the collagen in bones so it becomes more easily digestible. This form of cooked collagen is better known to us as gelatin.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial researchers followed a group of women aged 35 to 55 years.
One group was given either 2.5 grams or 5.0 grams of collagen hydrolysate (CH) once a day for eight weeks. The other group got a placebo.
At the end of two months, the skin elasticity in the collagen groups showed significant improvement. They also had better skin moisture and less roughness. And they had fewer signs of accelerated aging.1
Collagen from bone broth can even improve cellulite. You see, your body’s normal fat is held in place by a network built of collagen. When collagen breaks down, the fat pops through and your skin puckers. It looks like an orange peel. To rebuild that network and tighten skin you need more collagen.
But that’s not all this nutrient can do. Collagen consumption has also been shown to:
- Ease joint pain and arthritis
- Improve bone mineral density
- Eliminate back pain
- Repair sun damaged skin
- Build muscle
- Improve digestive health
That’s why I recommend that my patients at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine drink one to two cups of bone broth every day for its health and skin benefits.
In my mind, there’s nothing better than my grandma’s homemade broth. I’ll share her recipe in a moment.
However, some of my patients tell me they don’t like the taste. That’s why I’ve added 50 mg of collagen to my new daily performance activator. I’ll tell you more about that soon.
Look Years Younger with My Grandmother’s Old-Fashioned Bone Broth
To get the beauty benefits, you have to make a collagen-rich bone broth the way our grandmothers did. And it’s easier than it sounds. The simmering takes time, but it’s really easy to prepare.
- 4 pounds grass-fed beef bones, including marrow bones and bones with a little meat left on them. My grandmother used a mix of ribs, knuckle bones, oxtail and neck bones.
- 4 chicken feet (for extra collagen)
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
- 2 onions, halved and peeled
- 1 head garlic, skin removed
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spread the beef bones on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Roast until well browned, about a half hour.
- Place roasted bones in a large stock pot along with chicken feet and vinegar. Add enough cold water to cover by 3 inches.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce temperature to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 to 3 hours. Occasionally, you’ll want to remove the scum that floats to the top.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Continue to simmer, uncovered, for another 9 to 12 hours.
- Remove meat and bones with a slotted spoon. Pour broth through a strainer into a large heat-proof container.
For the best results, drink on an empty stomach every morning.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Proksch E, et al. “Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology: A double-blind, placebo-controlled study.” Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2014;27(1):47-55.