Some have labelled bone broth the new “superfood”. Whilst bone broth looks a little different to you standard kale, activated nut and berry superstars, it is a miracle food in its own right. Some of my clients report feeling immediately energised and vital when they start incorporating bone broth into their daily diet.
Here are a few reasons to try this liquid superfood:
- Pain Reduction: Bone broth is rich in of chondroitin sulfates, glucosamine, and other compounds which are extracted from the boiled down cartilage. These compounds are anti-inflammatory working to reduce joint pain and inflammation.
- Gut Healing: Collagen hydrolysate and gelatin are produced from cooking the bones, hides and hooves from animals. Dietary sources of gelatin have largely disappeared from our modern diet even though our ancestors regularly consumed gelatin-rich broths, soups, headcheese, calves foot jelly and sauces. Collagen has been found to help heal the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Glutamine also found in bone broth, is important metabolic fuel for cells in the small intestine and helps to rebuild the gut lining.
- Improved Digestion: Collagen contains an amino acid compound called glycine which improves digestion by increasing gastric acid secretion. Gelatin is also hydrophilic, which means it attracts water. This property makes it hold on to digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion
- Stronger Immune System: The traditional chicken soup remedy for colds and flus has some backing. Chicken stock has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and to inhibit neutrophil migration; so it helps to mitigate the side effects of colds, flus and upper respiratory infections.
- Food for the Bones: Bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation.
- Better Hair, Skin and Nails: Stronger hair, skin and nails are a result of several key minerals and nutrients which abound in bone broth. These include calcium, magnesium, phosophorous and collagen.
Bone broth can be made from the bones of beef, bison, lamb, poultry, or fish. To ensure that you pull the precious minerals from the bones during cooking, add an acid, like apple cider vinegar, to the water before cooking.
Stay tuned for my favourite bone broth recipe blog.