Bone broth (wellness trend) is a very flavorful liquid made by the boiling of bones of poultry, beef, bison, lamb, or fish, mainly, in water for an extended period of time.
Most times vegetables and herbs are mixed into the brew.
Bones from mammals need to be cut open, where bone from fowl and fish bones do not.
An old South American proverb says ‘good broth will resurrect the dead’
The used bones and vegetables are strained from the liquid and usually disposed of.
Then you are left with a liquid called broth or stock. The liquid is rich and abundant in many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
7 Bone Broth Benefits
1.) Keep Joints Healthy
Bone broth is abundant with glycosaminoglycans.
The popular supplements that a lot of people are taking i for joint health and contain one of the glycosaminoglycans we can get from bone broth.
One key aspect of bone broth is the glycosaminoglycans are resistant to digestion and are absorbed in their intact form.
These intact glycosaminoglycans stimulate cells called “fibroblasts” which lay down collagen in the joints, tendons, ligaments, and even the arteries.
In a book called “Deep Nutrition” the author Dr. Cate Shanahan says that:
“The health of your joints depends upon the health of the collagen in your ligaments, tendons, and on the ends of your bones. Collagens are a large family of biomolecules, which include the glycosaminoglycans, very special molecules that help keep our joints healthy”
2.) Great for radiant and youthful skin
Bone broth is rich in nutritional constituents that promotes strength and nourishment that helps to prevent bone and connective tissue disorders, improving collagen levels in your body,
Bone broth produces gelatin that contains a wide range of minerals and amino acids that are involved in the process.
3.) Heal your gut and promotes healthy digestion
The gelatin that is in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It bonds and holds liquids which includes digestive juices, which in turn, supports proper digestion.
If your gut is leaking or permeable, partially undigested food, toxins, viruses, yeast, and bacteria have the opportunity to pass through your intestine and access your bloodstream; this is known as leaky gut.
When your intestinal lining is damaged due to a re-occurring leaky gut, damaged cells called microvilli become unable to do perform correctly. They can’t process and absorb the nutrients and enzymes that are critical to proper digestion.
If this happens digestion is impaired and absorption of nutrients is negatively affected over time. As more damage occurs, your body starts an attack on the foreign invaders. It reacts with inflammation, allergic reactions, and other related symptoms we relate to a variety of diseases
4.) Wards off inflammation
Amino acids like as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory properties.
Arginine has been found, for example, to be hugely helpful for the treatment of sepsis5 – whole body inflammation.
5.) Sleep better
The amino acid Glycine has calming effects which can help you sleep better.
6.) Promotes strong and healthy bones
Bone broth has good amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that are a critical and important part in healthy bone formation and maintenance.
7.) Fights infections such as colds and flu
A study published shows that eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the amount of white blood cells, which are the cells that promote and cause flu and cold symptoms.