Ikaria Bone Broth
20 May 201810:03
On the Greek island of Ikaria, known as “the island where people forget to die” obesity is unheard of, people suffer 80 per cent less dementia (WOW!), 50 per cent less heart disease and 20 per cent less cancer than the rest of the world. Diabetes type II is not a thing. Four times as many men live into their 90’s. And they don’t just live long they tend to be in more robust health, with less need for costly, high-tech medical care than their “western” counterparts.
Ikaria first came to prominence when National Geographic journalist, Dan Beuttner and his team, discovered the island as a Blue Zone. There are five Blue Zones in the world – small pockets on earth where the population enjoys longer lifespans than the average. Okinawa, Sardinia, Nicoya in Costa Rica and Loma Linda in California all share with Ikaria this prestigious title.
Naturally, researchers, health enthusiasts and the wider community have researched the how and why these Blue Zones have become that way. In 2016, Marcus Pearce and naturopath, nutritionist and media health guru Dr Damian Kristof visited the small Greek Island of Ikaria and wrote about it. In their words, ” Ikarians have a strong sense of purpose (or reason for living), move regularly, socialise with their friends and family religiously and have an incredibly strong faith. Naturally enough though, we were fascinated by the food. For 10 straight days we wined and dined on the exquisite Ikarian version of the Mediterranean Diet.”
So what did the National Geographic and subsequent research find regarding the Ikaria’s version of the Mediterranean diet?
Bone Broth – The Ikarians consume copious amounts of bone broth before their panigiris (local festival). Broth is consumed to line the stomach, allowing people to spend longer at the festival eating, drinking and dancing with their friends and family. Goat is the feast animal of Ikaria. Suchl broths are known to help protect joints, critical for the improvement and maintenance of gut health and proven to build a bullet-proof immune system function, as well as aid in detoxification and skin maintenance, and improve your metabolism. Healthy fats from the marrow of the bone are also associated with improved energy, reduced risk of dementia and improved cognitive abilities. Those are some good reasons to make broth a part of your lifestyle. For slow-cooked marrow-rich broth try NesProteins Broth today.