Top 5 Benefits of Eating Bone Marrow on the Carnivore Diet

Bone marrow contains over 8 different essential nutrients. Woah! If that’s not a superfood, then I don’t know what is.

Currently, we are demonizing every animal product while praising plants like they’re Gods. Say anything against plants, and it’s like blasphemy. Yet, we’re facing an epidemic of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

We’re doing something wrong here.

Bone marrow isn’t magic, but it can help us with a lot of our health problems. Here are the top 5 benefits of eating bone marrow. 

1. Bone Marrow Increases Nutrient Density

Bone marrow contains more nutrients than most “superfoods” like kale and broccoli. Here are some nutrients that bone marrow contains;

  • Vitamin B12
  • Riboflavin
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Phosphorus
  • Thiamine
  • Vitamin E
  • And Collagen

The average person eats a ton of processed foods containing little to no nutrients, which can lead to dangerous deficiencies of vitamin D, iron, vitamin E, and vitamin A.

These deficiencies can disguise themselves as everyday problems like hair loss, fatigue, bleeding gums, muscle cramps, and weak teeth and bones.

Eating bone marrow will increase your nutrient density in your food, thus improving your quality of life. 

If you’re suffering from hair loss, brittle teeth, or weak nails, check your vitamin D levels with a professional. It might be that your vitamin D levels are non-existent. Eat some bone marrow and sit in the sun for 30 minutes. Eating the bone marrow beforehand helps with the absorption of vitamin D.

2. Bone Marrow Decreases Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is the cause of all chronic diseases. It is our body’s natural reaction or a defense system for infections. But in modern times, we’re eating so much toxic junk that our bodies are always in this state of defense. Everything we eat is seen as a threat, and this leads to chronic inflammation. This is what causes diseases like cancer, obesity, and heart disease.

Because of this, it’s essential to eat lots of anti-inflammatory foods while avoiding processed foods. Luckily for us, bone marrow contains plenty of essential proteins that fight against inflammation. 

A study done in 2016 found that supplementing with arginine could help fight inflammation in obese people. Another study found adiponectin to reduce inflammation in the blood, improve immune function, and improve insulin sensitivity. Meaning it will help you lose weight faster.

Bone marrow can be a flavourful addition to your diet that carries some untapped health benefits. Studies have revealed that bone marrow contains fat-tissue that releases adiponectin, which is linked to a reduced risk of diseases like diabetes.

3. Bone Marrow Beats the Keto Flu

The early stages of keto can be difficult. This is because your body isn’t used to burning fat for fuel. We call this the Keto Flu. Common symptoms include…

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • And nausea

Most people quit the ketogenic diet during this time since they don’t know how to ease these symptoms. The keto flu is your body’s reaction to the sudden removal of all carbs and electrolytes. These symptoms can last for 2-4 weeks, and this is where the bone marrow can help you.

When you’re in ketosis, you burn through more electrolytes than you normally do. Also, you’re cutting out all starchy fruits and veggies, which are foods richest in electrolytes. There is good news, though. Bone marrow contains all the electrolytes your body might need to fight the keto flu.

4. It Clears Up Your Skin

Bone marrow contains plenty of vitamin A, which is beneficial for your skin. 

If you have severe acne, doctors may advise you to use Accutane, which contains high levels of synthetic vitamin A. Why spend money on Accutane when you can just eat bone marrow? Not to mention the side-effects of Accutane.

Vitamin A is also an antioxidant, which fights free radicals, leading to healthier skin.

Eating more vitamin A will help you;

  • Protect your skin against sun damage
  • Even out your skin tone
  • Repair damaged spots and winkles
  • And decrease inflammation in your skin

Vitamin A is believed to be an effective acne treatment. Eat some bone marrow regularly, and your skin will thank you.

5. Bone Marrow Helps with Leaky Gut Syndrome

A common reason why people start the carnivore diet is because of the leaky gut syndrome. The leaky gut syndrome is a condition where gaps in the stomach’s intestinal wall are formed, which causes bacteria and toxins to go into the bloodstream.

Most doctors and professionals don’t see leaky gut syndrome as a diagnosable condition.  You may need to self-diagnose and self-medicate for this condition.

A study done in 2017 found that an amino acid called glutamine helps heal the intestinal barrier. And guess what contains plenty of glutamine? That’s right, bone marrow. Another study done in 2017 found that people with leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease tend to have lower amino acid levels like glutamine.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that low glutamine levels increase the risk of a leaky gut. If you have leaky gut syndrome, you might have low levels of amino acids like glutamine. Eating some bone marrow will help increase your glutamine levels leading to a healthier gut.

That’s Great, But How do I Get My Hands on Some Bone Marrow?

You’re probably amazed by all the health benefits of bone marrow, but how do you get your hands on them?

You can buy bone marrow from any butcher, health shop, or farmers’ market. Buy bones like;

  • Shank marrow bones
  • Knuckle marrow bones
  • Neck marrow bones
  • Or oxtail

Prepare your bone marrow by putting your bones in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Let it cool and simply scoop it out. Eat it with a carnivore friendly meal like bacon and eggs or a ribeye steak.

If you have some more time on your hands, try making bone broth. Cook your bones in a pot with water for 24-48 hours. The heat will extract more nutrients and compounds. Let it cool and enjoy.

If you’re a little busier, buy bone broth supplements. These are more expensive, but it’s convenient. They come in liquid, powder, and even capsule form. You can find these products at your local health shop or online.


There are many factors to consider when getting healthy, like exercise, diet, supplementation, and more. But implementing bone marrow into your diet will help you with the leaky gut syndrome, acne, nutrient deficiencies, and more. Also, it’s excellent at reducing inflammation and increasing your overall quality of life.