Bone Broth – Is It All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
Remember when Grandma would always have a big pot of broth or stock simmering, filling the kitchen with the enchanting aroma of chicken soup?
Well, move over dehydrating, overstimulating afternoon coffee – because there’s a new “addiction” in town!
When prepared through simple old school, traditional cooking, you’ll not only be amply hydrated, but well nourished with many valuable minerals and a hefty dose of high quality protein - thanks to its rich amino acid profile.
Here are 8 more benefits of drinking this mineral-rich health elixir
Good for gut health - The key components, like protein-rich gelatin (i.e., “cooked collagen”) and Glutamine (an important amino acid), help to heal and protect the lining of the digestive tract. A healthy, well protected mucosal lining aids in the body’s absorption of key nutrients.
Boosts immunity - Much of our immune system is intimately linked to the health of our gut. If the gut is healthy, we would naturally have a stronger immune system. But, did you know that chicken soup also has a boosting effect on white blood cells (our infection-fighters), and it stimulates antioxidant activity in the body, namely the action of glutathione, considered a “master antioxidant”.
Better joint health, increased bone density, and healthier hair, skin, and nails. The Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate in broth can stimulate new collagen growth to help repair damaged joints. Plus, an abundance of the pro-cartilage amino acids Glycine and Proline have an anti-inflammatory effect -- good news for arthritis sufferers.
Did you know that collagen makes up HALF of the protein in our bodies?!
Also, minerals like Calcium, Magnesium & Phosphorus that are leached out of the animal bones are readily absorbed by the body (increased bioavailability) and are critical to bone growth and repair.
Additionally, bone broth offers plenty of Hyaluronic Acid and gelatin (aka “cooked collagen”) - both are key players in promoting less wrinkled skin, shiny hair, and strong nails.
Promotes relaxation and sleep - Try a cup of broth before bed as both Magnesium and Glycine can have a calming effect, promoting muscle relaxation and deeper, more restorative sleep.
More affordable whole food supplement - Rather than taking handfuls of expensive supplements and protein powders, why not try a daily cuppa broth instead?
So, bone broth...is it all it’s cracked up to be?
I think this is one healthy food trend that it’s safe to take a crack at and reap the benefits!
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