Benefits of Bone Broth
My grandmother would think it was unthinkable to waste any part of an animal carcass. Most cooks mastered the art of simmering cartilage, bones, hooves and skin to produce a hearty broth. Over time, broth has become a dietary staple for the health conscious and those struggling with digestive and autoimmune diseases.
What Is Bone Broth, Bone Broth and Stock?
Broth is made with meat and bones. It is typically simmered for a short period of time 45minutes to 2 hours. It is light in flavor, thin in texture and rich in protein.
Bone Broth is made with bones, typically cooked first and meat removed from the bones except for a small amount. Bone broth is typically simmered for a very long period of time (often in excess of 24hours). By adding acid such as vinegar the minerals and nutrients are leached from the bones into the broth. The bones will crumble when pressed lightly.
Stock is made with bones and a small amount of meat. Most often cooked previously. Stock is simmered for a moderate amount of time (3 to 4 hours). To ensure your are getting the best quality both use organically raised, pastured or grass-fed animals.
Nutrients and Amino Acids
If you eat a diet of sugary carbohydrates and processed foods, you increase inflammation in your body. Amino acids such as glycine, proline and arginine are found in bone broth and all have anti-inflamatory benefits. Bone broth reduces joint pain and inflammation through minerals that your body can absorb such as chondroitin sulfates, glucosamine and other nutrients that are in the boiled down cartilage.
Consuming bone broth regularly can help support your joints. It also helps with weight loss through the gelatin that makes you feel full. In addition the glycine in bone broth has a calming effect, which may help you sleep better.
Here are six major benefits of bone broth.
- Protects Joints
- Good for the Gut
- Maintains Healthy Skin
- Supports Immune System Function
- Boosts Detoxification
- Aids Metabolism
Bone Broth Nutrition
Bone broth could be called “natures multivitamin.” It is packed with over 19 easy-to-absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins). It is collagen/gelatin, which help form connective tissue. It provides nutrients that support digestive functions, immunity and brain health.
Did you get that? Bone broth benefits literally every part of your body, from your gut to your brain, from your muscles to your ligaments.
It is relatively low in calories yet very high in minerals and other chemical compounds that many people are lacking. Is their any doubt that bone broth makes a great everyday addition to your diet?
Here is another incredible benefit from the collagen found in bone broth: It can make your skin look amazing! Donna Gates, author of “Body Ecology,” says bone broth benefits your skin because it makes it supple and can decrease cellulite! She says cellulite come from a lack of connective tissue. Gates explains that consuming collagen-rich bone broth can reduce cellulite and tighten your skin, making you look younger-adding it to the long list of bone broth benefits.
I recommend consuming eight ounces one to two times daily as a soup, a plain beverage or doing a bone broth fast to get all these wonderful bone broth benefits.
I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health. A step-by-step approach to good health. Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.