The Top 4 Benefits of Bone Broth

3 Jun

We wanted to revisit bone broth considering how healthy it is for you to include in your diet, along with how easy it is to make. Bone broth has been used around the world for centuries warming bellies, soothing souls, and helping maintain a healthy body. Up until our recent era of convenience foods, bone broth had always been made from scratch. Nothing would go to waste in the kitchen, so you’d throw all of your left over meat, bone, carcass, and veggie scraps into a pot and you’d end up with a beautiful, rich, simmering pot of broth. I don’t want this broth to be confused with an overly salty tasting bouillon cube. You know… the one that lists numerous un-pronounceable ingredients, and contains maybe less than 1% actual bone or carcass ingredients, if any at all.

 4 Benefits of Making Your Own Bone Broth | WholeGreenLove

There are many benefits from incorporating bone broth into your diet. Whether you are sipping it plain or adding it to soups, stews, or other homemade creations, you’ll be supplementing your body through a real food source. All of it’s goodness is readily available for your body to use.

1. It’s Cheap

Bone broths are made with left over bones, carcasses, and vegetable pieces that usually go unused in the kitchen. Why not put those ingredients to good use and reap the health benefits and taste in your culinary creations? If you are buying an organic packaged broth from the store, you are probably paying just shy of $5.00. Why not make it for cheap and have a better quality broth?!

By purchasing larger pieces of bone in meat, or a whole chicken or fish, you can use the leftovers for your broths. You can also talk with local butchers who would most likely be happy to give you their leftover bones, or sell them to you for pennies.

2. Joint Health

Joint health is dependent on the health of your ligaments, tendons, and bones. Bone broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). There are numerous types, but one that I’m sure everyone is familiar with is glucosamine. Glucosamine is a joint supplement superstar these days, so why not 1) get your nutritional intake from food sources, so your body can more readily absorb the nutrients and 2) get the benefits of not only glucosamine, but all of the other GAG molecules to go with it?

It only seems like the best option when you look at it that way.

Just as the body works synergistically together, so do the food sources that nourish it. There usually isn’t just one molecule/vitamin/mineral showstopper, but the whole food source works as a team to replenish and nourish depleted sources within the body in ways that science has yet to discover.

4 Benefits of Making Your Own Bone Broth | WholeGreenLove

3. Hair, Skin, & Nail Health

When you think of hair, skin, and nails, your mind probably goes to the protein building block…collagen. As you age, the production of collagen within the body declines. Instead of paying a fortune for fancy age defying beauty creams and potions, most of which are harboring toxins and chemicals, why not incorporate more bone broth which is loaded with collagen and connective tissue building blocks? Not only can you try to give your hair, skin, and nails a boost this way, ultimately it’s about feeling good and living well.

4. Gastrointestinal Health

Bone broth is loaded with micro and macronutrients. Gelatin is derived from collagen and is a key component in bone broth. It is known to be gentle on the GI system, even for those who suffer from food sensitivities. It is thought to help with “gut hyper-permeability” or “leaky gut” by lining the stomach, working as a protective barrier, and aiding in nutrient absorption.

These are just a few of the reasons why bone broth should make its way into your kitchen. It’s great when you can make a nice big batch and then freeze some for later use. I love being able to pull it out to use in soups, stews, gravies, sauces, or in place of water for quinoa and rice dishes. It adds a savory richness to a dish without much added fuss. If I’m drinking a warm cup of it, I’ll usually keep it simple by adding a pinch of any fresh herbs we have in the fridge along with some sea salt and cracked pepper.

Do you make your own broth? What are your favorite kinds to make?

Check out these Bone Broth Recipes:

http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/broth-is-beautiful

http://wholegreenlove.com/2012/11/27/bone-broth-a-nourishing-food-that-might-be-missing-from-your-diet/



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