Bone broth continues to gain popularity and is recognized for its amazing healing properties. However, it’s still not consumed as often as it probably should be in order to truly experience the healing benefits.
Bone broth is full of vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids, collagen and glycine which are the building blocks that your body uses to repair itself.
A real bone broth is made by slowly simmering animal bones (such as beef, chicken and turkey, fish and others) in water over a period of time (anywhere from 4 to 48 hours or more). The result is a liquid broth that has immense nutritional value and is consumed as superfood known for its healing properties.
Bone broth is widely regarded as a healing food. It’s known to heal the skin, gut, GI tract, aid in digestion or help you beat that cold/flu you’ve been suffering from.
Because broth is an extract of connective tissue, it is great for ailments affecting, joints, bones, lungs, muscle and blood.
According to Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon, “meat and fish stocks are used almost universally in traditional cuisines – French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, African, South American, Middle Eastern, and Russian; but the use of homemade meat broths to produce nourishing and flavorful soups and sauces has almost completely disappeared from the American culinary tradition.”
Well, old traditions are making a comeback, and thankfully bone broth is becoming more mainstream and accessible. Virtually everything from gut-healing to immune support, to skin health can be helped with regular consumption of bone broth.
The nice thing about bone broth is that it’s an easy, tasty, and natural way to promote healing and reduce inflammation in the body. Properly prepared meat broths and stocks are extremely nutritious, containing minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables in a form that is very easy to assimilate.
Additionally, the gelatin in meat broths has the unusual property of attracting liquids even after it’s been heated. This helps attract digestive juices for rapid and effective digestion.
Gelatin has numerous benefits and could be considered a superfood. First and foremost, gelatin acts as a digestive aid and has been used successfully in the treatment of many intestinal disorders, including hyperacidity, Crohn’s and colitis.
Gelatin is a good protein source, containing the amino acids arginine and glycine, and it allows the body to more fully utilize the complete proteins that are taken in. Gelatin also seems to be useful in the treatment of many chronic disorders such as anemia, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, and even cancer.
To truly experience the healing benefits of bone broth, you would need to consume it regularly in soups, stews, or simply by drinking the broth by itself.
While the health benefits are numerous, below are 14 ailments that bone broth may help:
- Skin conditions
- Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis
- Leaky Gut
- Food sensitivities
- Joint pain
- Muscle cramps
The broth you find at the grocery store is not the same as true homemade bone broth. It’s been processed and has lost the beneficial healing nutrients. Some store-bought broths also contain additives such as gluten or corn starch.
One way to consume bone broth is to make it yourself, which can be time consuming.
Thankfully, there’s another option. You can now purchase it from certain companies that specialize in making real, high-quality bone broth. It’s such a great option (and my preferred choice) if you have a busy schedule, but would like to have homemade bone broth on hand.
I really like Bare Bones bone broth because they use bones from organic, pasture-raised chicken and grass-fed beef. Their ingredients are of the highest quality, and they offer a few different flavors.
You can choose from Classic Organic Chicken, Turkey, or Beef bone broth. Or you can go for a flavorful punch with their Rosemary and Lemon Chicken bone broth or Tomato Spice Beef bone broth. Click here to check out all the different options.
Bone broth is great for sipping or to use in cooking. Personally, I prefer chicken bone broth if I’m going to drink it. But I love cooking with all of them! They add so many nutrients to your meal and add great flavor.
Be sure to check out their site to learn more about their products and purchase your own bone broth! You’ll love it!
Here are a couple of delicious recipes using bone broth to get you started.
What’s your favorite way to consume bone broth?