Benefits of Bone Broth
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Chances are, you’ve heard of bone broth before. It’s become more and more popular over the last few years, but what exactly is it and should you be drinking bone broth?
The short answer is - YES, absolutely!
Bone broth is chock full of vitamins and nutrients and has a number of outstanding health benefits. Whole foods can nourish your body and keep you healthy, and bone broth is just one superfood we should all be consuming regularly.
Bone broth is made with just a few ingredients, but the health benefits and healing properties are endless. Here are just a few of the top health benefits from this liquid gold!
Nutrient Power House
Bone broth is highly nutritious. It has a wide variety of nutrients that are difficult to consume from other food sources. Drinking these nutrients in bone broth is an easy and delicious way to consume the nutrients your body needs.
Bones themselves are rich in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and contain over 15 amino acids. While the exact nutritional content in bone broth varies depending on the bones used and the cooking method, you can consistently find the following nutrients in most bone broths - calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin a, b, c, k, and more. Using connective tissue in your bone broth can also provide healthy natural compounds from the cartilage as well.
Bone broth is full of proteins which are known for nourishing the lining of your stomach and improving your gut health. Strengthening the health of your gut will boost your immune system and help you fight off chronic and acute health issues.
Build Muscles and Strength
The amino acids found in bone broth are the building blocks of protein. They can stimulate muscle protein synthesis, which is vital in helping you build, repair, and maintain muscle groups.
Many studies have shown that collagen and gelatin, which are both in bone broth, can improve your skin. Your skin health is directly related to your gut health. Common skin conditions like acne, eczema, or rosacea can all stem from issues in your digestive system. Collagen in bone broth improves gut health, which in turn can improve common skin conditions, puffiness, redness, or dry skin.
Promote Healthy Bones and Joints
All of the components needed for building healthy strong bones can be found in bone broth - amino acids, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, protein and more. Collagen is also beneficial to your joints. It naturally reduces joint pain and inflammation.
Improve Gut Health and Digestion
Eating bone broth is a very effective way to heal gut health issues. Simply drinking bone broth with meals can improve digestion. Gelatin, glycine, and glutamine have also all been shown to improve and maintain a healthy digestive system and can reduce symptoms like heartburn, GERD, and constipation.
Improve Brain Function
Many components in bone broth can benefit your nervous system. The healthy fats, most commonly found in bone marrow, can provide a great source of energy for the brain.
The nutritional components in bone broth have been found to decrease stress and anxiety, and increase mental calmness. As I mentioned before, your gut health is directly related to your brain health. The bacteria in your gut microbiome influences your ability to deal with stress. When your gut microbiome is healthy it sends positive happy signals to the brain. When your gut microbiome is unhealthy, it can send negative signals like stress and anxiety.
The amino acids in bone broth can help you get better quality sleep. Glycine has been shown to improve sleep and reduce fatigue the following day. It’s a great natural way to improve your quality of sleep and overall health.
These are just a few of the outstanding benefits of bone broth.
There are many ways you can incorporate bone broth into your diet. It’s easy to make and most grocery stores now carry pre-made bone broth on their shelves as well.
If you want to purchase pre-made bone broth at your local grocery store, make sure you are buying organic, pasture-raised bone broth. This will ensure you are getting the most nutrients from the bone broth with the fewest toxins. It’s also a good idea to avoid purchasing bone broth in cans or other plastic containers that contain BPA’s. One of my favorite brands of pre-made bone broth is by Kettle & Fire. They use bones from organic pasture-raised animals.
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