What is it?
A broth or stock made by boiling then simmering bones over a couple of days. Sometimes an acid such as apple cider vinegar is added to help to break them down a little bit more to become the liquid form. The use of the slow simmer is used to cause the bone to release a wide range of healing components we don’t normally get in our typical diets.
What is in it?
- hyaluronic acid
- chondroitin and glucosamine
- glycine and glutamine
- bone marrow
With all of these amazing components that we don’t normally consume on a daily basis these minerals are more readily absorbed in the form of this broth. These minerals are as follows:
Gut Healing: We can give a round of applause for the gelatin found in bone broth that helps to heal our guts after so much that is in our foods today that ruin our guts like pesticides. The way it works its magic is by repairing the intestinal lining and reducing inflammation.Studies have also shown that those with digestive issues have low collagen which is another component of bone broth.
Healthy Joint Promotion: As we age our cartilage begins to decrease within the body. Bone broth has a number of components to help with this such as glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen, and gelatin. Collagen and chondroitin are the building blocks to construct new cartilage.
Boosting the Immune System: Thanks to the amino acids found in the broth they reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and boost the immune system.
Keep your skin looking healthy and young: Collagen being a number one beauty product it helps with keeping your skin healthy by helping with elasticity and healthy skin color helping to maintain a youthful look. As we age our natural collagen source starts to decrease therefore adding the collagen from the both would be helpful.
Promotion of Tissue Regeneration: Our cells and tissues are constantly dying off as new cells take their place. Sometimes it can be hard for the body to keep producing enough new cells to keep up. An example would be after an intense workout our bodies need a little time to repair itself but if we lack the right materials to repair it the body will take longer to recover. Bone broth has just the right materials to do the job, glutathione.
Detoxifying: We are constantly coming in contact with toxins in our everyday lives and our bodies contain helpful system to help rid them of this but can only handle so much. Bone broth has come to the rescue once again with a list of reasons why:
- aids in waste expelling more efficiently through out the digestive system.
- helps to improve the livers ability to filter toxins in the blood
- it contains glycine that stimulates more production of glutathione which is a master antioxidant and aids in the detoxification process of the liver. Glycine is also good at protecting the liver from becoming oxygen starved.
Brain Boosting: The glycine in the broth is one of the most important inhibitory neurotransmitters which helps with cognitive performance, regulates how our brain uses energy, and improve circulation in the brain. Another amazing component of the broth, chondroitin, has an important role in regeneration and plasticity in the central nervous system. Basically it means it can help with memory and learning.
Helps with sleep and anxiety: Once again glycine in the broth has another added benefit in the it can help with relaxation and decreased anxiety. With that in mind this can help with the quality of your sleep leaving you feeling refreshed the next day with better energy.
Heart Protection: Another wonderful reason for glycine to be added to your diet is its ability to reduce the severity of heart attacks. It can also counter the negative effects of methionine found in many foods today which can increase risk of heart disease.
Some good things to keep in mind when purchasing or making the bone broth:
- If making your own opt for organic and pasture raised bones and wild caught if using fish bones
- Make sure its slow simmered for 24hrs
- Try using roasted bones for a better flavor rather than raw
- If buying use glass or BPA free jars, organic or wild caught .
- Some great brands to look for: bonafide, epic,
How does it come?
Liquid Broth: you can make it yourself at home or buy it in frozen or liquid form at your local health food store like earth fare, whole foods, or trader joes.
Veggies with bone broth: bonafide provisions has a veggie and bone broth drink that you can take on the go for some added vegetables.
Powder: You can now buy bone broth in protein powder form with brands like: vital proteins, ancient nutrition, and Dr. Axe brand.
With several health benefits and types bone broth can be easily incorporated into your daily diet whether it be in your next coffee or smoothie or even in your next soup.You can even make a big batch ahead of time and freeze it for later use.