Bone Broth for Health

“A big stock pot is the most important gift a bride could receive.” – Dr Francis Pottemger

Bone broth has been a staple of traditional human diets for thousands of years, and for good reason as it is powerfully healing and nutrient dense. It is also an extraordinarily inexpensive food and is easy to incorporate into your diet as a base for soups and stews. 

Broth is rich in minerals and gelatin, the latter being of a beneficial gelatinous quality, and when consumed, helps form strong cartilage or connective tissue that gives parts of our bodies their elasticity.

Bone broth is also used to help clear up food allergies or intolerances, digestive issues, autoimmune disorders and more. And one of these reasons is because the gelatin found in the broth provides amino acids like glycine which strengthen the gut lining and in turn lowers inflammation. Glycine is used by doctors to help improve digestive, joint, cardiovascular, cognitive and skin health.

Bone broth also promotes optimal health due to its high antioxidant, vitamin and essential mineral content. By Incorporating bone broth into your dietary routine you may then experience a whole range of benefits, please see below:

1.  Promotes Healing and Recovery

Homemade bone broth is excellent for speeding healing and recuperation from illness. It is rich in amino acids, glycine and proline which all help to build muscle, repair tissue and lessen inflammation. Furthermore, it is jam-packed with nutrients including glucosamine and chondroitin which acts as a pain reliever for stiff joints.

Homemade chicken bone broth contains a natural amino acid called cysteine which can aid in thinning out the mucus in your lungs and make it less sticky so you can expel it easier.

2.  Preserves a Youthful Appearance

The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth, skin regeneration and assists in keeping nails strong.

3.  Bone growth and repair

During the cooking/boiling phase of the broth preparation, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus seep out of the animal bones into the broth helping our bones to grow and repair.

4.  Promotes relaxation

The amino acid glycine found in bone broth plays an important role in the neurotransmitters within the brain leading to calmness and sleep inducement. The gelatin found in the bone broth will not only improve sleep quality, but it will also help to reduce daytime sleepiness and improve memory during waking hours.

5.  Gut Health

Bone broth can assist in the healing of a compromised gut as the gelatin found in it protects and seals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and assists in the digestion of nutrients.

6.  Further Reading

CogniTune Smarter Health has a good write-up about bone broth.