Bone broth, a traditional meal in so many cultures turned modern health trend. The first time you hear the phrase ‘bone broth’ you might think it’s a little gross (we did too), but the more we heard about it the more we were intrigued to try it out for ourselves and see how true the health claims and benefits really were.
To make bone broth, you simmer bones in water for a very long time (usually up to or more than 24 hours) in order to release all the minerals and other nutritious content of the bone into the water. The appeal of bone broth lies in how simple the concept is.
Although bones might not look like they are full of nutritious goodness, they are excellent sources of protein and unique minerals. Bones contain up to 50% protein, specifically collagen, which during the bone broth formation process gets converted to gelatine. Both collagen and gelatine are important to form connective tissue, boost joint health, and help improve skin texture. This explains why bone broth has been shown to decrease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and decrease bone pain and discomfort.
The benefits of bone broth stretch beyond better knees. It has been shown to help with digestion because it is so rich in glycine, which stimulates the production of stomach acid and helps food get digested more efficiently. Bone broth is a great supplemental food to try out if you suffer from IBS, or chronic stomach pains.
Bone broth is also extremely high in minerals. The long cooking time of the bones allows the release of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus into the broth. Each of these minerals have unique properties in our bodies which include boosting immunity, promoting better sleep, more energy, and better skin.
If you can drink bone broth all by itself, then great, however, if you are not a fan of the texture or taste there are other ways to incorporate it into your diet and still get the same benefits. You can use broth as the basis of your soups, or add them to sauces.
Bone broth is a health trend we are happy to follow! Think of it as a nutritional power-house drink that provides your body with a concentrated dose of nutrients. Did we mention it’s also extremely economical? Think of how many bones you throw out on a daily basis, now you can put them to good use and make nutritious broth instead.