We’re big fans of bone broth at Brookside Holistic Solutions, and with good cause!
It’s tasty, packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and has bonus benefits that we’re sure you’ll be surprised by. Before we get into the benefits of bone broth, let’s start with what it is, exactly.
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is soup-like, containing brewed bones and their connective tissues. Bone broth is made from different animals, including cow, chicken, and even fish bones, to name a few, mixed with vinegar to help break down the tissues. Bone broth contains important nutrients and minerals and is a beneficial and flavorful dietary supplement. Here are the top five benefits of this miracle elixir.
1. Bone broth is highly nutritious
Bone broth is loaded with vitamins and nutrients, including magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. The brewed connective tissue also provides the body with natural cartilage. Plus, the cooked collagen becomes gelatin, providing the body with amino acids – the building blocks of proteins.
The actual bone marrow in bone broth is rich in nutrients like:
- vitamins A and K – essential for vision and blood clotting
- Fatty acids
- Selenium – antioxidant properties that may help protect cells from damage.
2. Bone broth helps heal the gut and reduce inflammation
If you or someone you know suffers from inflammatory bowel disease or leaky gut syndrome, they will benefit from consuming bone broth. Certain amino acids in bone broth are helpful for digestion. An amino acid called glutamine can help heal the intestinal barrier and allow for better digestion.
3. Bone broth can help you sleep better
Not only do the amino acids from bone broth helps with digestive issues, they can also promote better sleep for some. People who take glycine before going to sleep usually feel that they slept better and are less fatigued the next day. Drinking some bone broth with dinner can help provide this glycine.
4. Bone broth helps support weight loss
Because bone broth is high in protein, it can help the body feel fuller longer, helping with calorie restriction. Reducing your meal portions adding a cup of bone broth to dinner can help wonders.
5. Bone broth helps protect joints
Bone broth is an excellent source of gelatin, which breaks down into collagen in the body. This is very helpful for our joints, since cartilage in the joints tends to wear down over time due to continual use. This can add more stress to the joints, which may become damaged as a result of the added pressure.
How to find or make bone broth
Certain stores carry bone broth, but it is also easy to make at home in a slow cooker or large pot. The easiest way to make bone broth is to save bones from meals or pick some up from the local butcher.
To get started, you will need:
- 1 gallon of water
- 1 ounce of vinegar
- 3–4 pounds of bones and tissues
- Depending on your taste, add salt, vegetables, and sage or thyme to give the broth more flavor.
Boil the ingredients together in a large pot or slow cooker, then reduce to a simmer for 10–24 hours before letting it cool. Strain and pour into smaller containers for future consumption. (Freezing bone broth works great.)
Bone broth contains readily available nutrients and minerals that can help keep the body performing at its best. Depending on what you’re trying to improve health-wise, you can drink anywhere from 1-4 cups of bone broth a day. Take a look at this guide for more information. Enjoy!
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