I’m a huge fan of bone broth, having had to rely on it to heal a gut issue I once had several years ago. Obviously, if you are vegan or vegetarian, this article will not be for you. However, if you include meat and animal products in your diet, there is a good deal of evidence that suggests that consuming it can offer some excellent benefits.
So let’s take a quick look at bone broth, its benefits, and I’ll even share my favorite recipe that you can make in your very own Instant Pot or Crock-Pot!
WHAT EXACTLY IS BONE BROTH?
Good ol’ hearty bone broth is simple. It is made by simmering animal bones (usually beef or chicken, but any animal bones will do) in water for hours to create a soup base. When done correctly and for long enough, the vitamins and minerals will leach out of the bones and connective tissues and produce an incredibly nourishing broth. Many view this additional step as being responsible concerning the use of the entire animal, much like original man did when he made an effort to use every piece from nose to tail.
BONE BROTH IS CHOCKED-FULL OF NUTRIENTS
I’m a fan of consuming bone broth not only when you are under the weather but also as a regular staple to support joint and gut health. The broth gives you a different amino acid profile from that which you obtain from consuming muscle meat. Bones are very dense in trace minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, glycine, and more. The articular cartilage attached to joint bones is also rich in collagen, which has become popular with supporting healthy skin, hair, and nails. The bone marrow is additionally nourishing and provides an excellent suite of vitamins like A, K2, iron, zinc, manganese, selenium, boron, omega-6, and omega-3 fatty acids.
BONE BROTH IS A STAPLE FOR FOLKS WHO HAVE GUT ISSUES
One cannot overstate how critical a healthy gut is concerning immune function. Experts have referred to the gut as a “second brain” regarding its complexity and function. Animal studies have shown bone broth offers some protection for the mucosal lining of the inner digestive organs. Glutamine, an amino acid found in the gelatin that forms in bone broth, has been shown to promote healing in conditions where inflamed intestinal barriers have occurred. Individuals who suffer from conditions like Leaky Gut, Chrohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Autoimmune Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and more may drink bone broth as a supportive practice for healing.
BONE BROTH CAN POTENTIALLY SUPPORT YOUR BRAIN
There is a thing called the “gut-brain axis”. The Vagus Nerve, gut flora, and neurotransmitters all join these two systems (which, in reality, are one system, really). It is not difficult to connect the dots to find the potential links to conditions like depression and Alzheimer’s Disease, both crippling disorders that greatly impact the quality of life for both patients and caregivers. Some recent studies have shown that some patients with severe Alzheimer’s disease showed improvement after drinking probiotic formulas every day vs. the placebo group (Frontiers in Aging, Neuroscience, Nov. 2016).
While I’m not presenting bone broth as a “cure” of any kind here, I would highly recommend adding it into your routine as a regular staple.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO KEEP MOVING WELL, BONE BROTH OFFERS GOOD SUPPORT FOR JOINTS
And it should, in large part because it contains the stuff that joints are made of! Bone broth is rich in collagen and gelatin, which are the building blocks for tendons, ligaments, and joint tissues. In general, bone broth supports an anti-inflammatory state, which will be vital in avoiding almost any disease state that you can think of.
I’ve always taken the stance that one of the most important things people can do for their health is to begin eliminating things that obstruct it first. Plugging in good, hearty, nourishing foods is the next step, and most can’t go wrong with bone broth.
CHECK OUT MY EASY RECIPE HERE:
HAVE YOU INCORPORATED BONE BROTH INTO YOUR LIFE YET? IF SO, SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE AND EVEN A FAVORITE RECIPE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!