Bone broth is a savory drink, usually made by cooking animal bones (beef or poultry) with vegetables over a long period of time. Unlike a stock, it’s simmered for a longer time to make sure that as much of the nutrients as possible is leached from the bones. Contrary to what many people believe, bone broth is not something new. It’s a centuries-old health drink of choice for many, from those following ancient Chinese medicine to the Victorian English. But why has it gotten the spotlight again, after being in the dark for so long? And should you also start drinking broth? Here are a few benefits linked to bone broth.
Healthy Gut and Digestion
The collagen and proteins found in broth builds and repairs the gastrointestinal tract lining, which can aid in prevention of leaky gut and food sensitivities.
Better Bones and Joints
People often take glucosamine supplements for joint health, but bone broth also contains this amino sugar! What is more, it also contains chondroitin sulfate, a chemical found in joint cartilage, and gelatin, both of which is shown to improve flexibility, and support cartilage restoration. Minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium also strengthen the bones.
Source of Youth
Preventing the ageing process often starts from within, and what better way than by drinking bone broth. It contains collagen, which has been shown to improve your skin’s elasticity and fine lines, leaving you with a youthful appearance. It’s also great for healthy hair and nails.
Boost Your Immune System
The high mineral content of bone broth is said to boost your immune system. Glycine, one of the amino acids found in bone broth, can also improve your sleep. And we know a good night’s rest is crucial to stay healthy!
How to use it
If you don’t like drinking it straight up, use it as you would a normal beef or chicken stock: in soups, to make risotto or other rice-based dishes, or in stews.
It’s not difficult to make your own bone broth, but it does take some time. If you don’t feel like you have enough patience, don’t worry. It’s available for sale at most health stores!