Health Benefits of Bone Broth
What if you were told that one magic elixir can give you healthy skin, hair, nails, teeth, impenetrable gut lining, help you ward off illness, and give you stronger joints?
Not only are bone broths incredibly healthy, they also taste delicious and serve as the most versatile ingredient in your cooking arsenal.
Ok, let me try and tame my excitement because the health benefits of bone broth are so extensive that it’s difficult to talk about without sounding like a snake oil salesmen.
So, what are we talking about here? Bone broths are made from simmering animal bones with herbs and vegetables.This means you can't get the same nutritional benefits from bouillon cubes or Campbell's broth.
Many of these are laden with MSG and don’t contain any of the powerful nutrients of our broths.
Simply put: not all bone broths are created equal. The quality of the bones used has the greatest effect on the quality of a ready-to-drink broth.
For example, grass fed beef has more Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and Vitamin E than their grain fed companions.
Omega 3s are fairly well known due to the its media coverage of late. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, which protects your cells from free radicals.
CLA is thought to reduce body fat deposits and improve immune function and is frequently used to treat everything from cancer to obesity to atherosclerosis.
Moreover, pasture raised cows and chickens that are free to frolic to their hearts content live a less stressful life than their poor cage-bound friends. This greatly affects the quality of the meat and bones.
Pure Bone Broth uses locally sourced grass fed beef bones (and/or) organic free range chicken bones as the base for all our broths. We sprinkle in organic vegetables, herbs, and a ton of TLC.
Our bone broths slowly simmer for 30 hours to ensure all of the nutrients and minerals are extracted from the bones in a safe, highly digestible manner.
What you end up with is the highest quality bone broth available -- a nutrient dense, and highly absorbable powerhouse in one soothing liquid. Cheap health insurance indeed.
With that in mind, here are a few reasons why you should consider drinking or adding bone broth to your cooking regularly.
You’ll have the hair, skin, teeth and nails of a god
Collagen are proteins found in every single piece of flesh and connective tissue in your body. It’s basically what holds your skin together. As we age, our natural collagen production decreases leading to a gradual deterioration of our hair, skin, teeth and nails.
This can take the form of wrinkled skin or osteoporosis.
Pure Bone Broth is rich in collagen because of the lengthy simmering process which gently extracts the collagen out of the bones.
When you consume collagen, it’s like reversing the aging process. You develop an abundance of connective tissue making your skin more smooth and supple, and your hair and nails fuller.
One recent study at the University of Kiel (Germany) showed an increase in skin elasticity from collagen supplementation after just eight weeks! Another from Penn State University showed a decrease in joint pain and deterioration in athletes.
Plus it’s a cheaper alternative to botox.
Your gut will thank you (and you might lose weight)
A healthy gut is the cornerstone of health. Bone broth promotes increased digestion and allows for the proper absorption of nutrients into you stomach lining.
I’m going to hazard a guess that you’ve dealt with stomach aches, bloating, constipation or diarrhea at some point in your life. If you’re really lucky, you may even have food sensitivities or autoimmune issues.
The above are usually the result of lifestyle factors (read: stress) that cause your intestinal lining to become permeable. Intestinal permeability means poorly digested food and bacteria can leak through your gut and into your bloodstream. Yikes!
Your body sees these food particles as bad news and attacks them. This is how food sensitivities, inflammatory diseases and autoimmune conditions develop.
Now it’s being suggested that a leaky gut directly contributes to metabolic diseases like obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and fatty liver disease. For a more detailed look at what leaky gut is and how to fix it, read this article.
If you feel like strapping your propeller hat on, this study sums up the tough job your gut is tasked with just to keep you functioning day to day.
Properly made bone broth is flush with gelatin. Yes the same gelatin found in your favourite childhood snack. Gelatin is produced when collagen is cooked slowly.
Gelatin heals the mucosal lining of your gut and digestive tract, allowing you to absorb and digest nutrients properly.
What’s really cool is that it’s been shown to help control satiety and restore gut hormone function to improve diet adherence in people with obesity. The premise being that if you can restore healthy gut function, your digestive tract is better equipped to handle food in an efficient manner.
Gelatin also directly aids in digestion by attracting digestive juices to food in the gut where it helps break down fat and protein.
Pure Bone Broth heals your joints and builds strong bones
Bone broth contains glucosamine and chondroitin: two heavily researched, potent substances (usually sold as nutritional supplements) for managing arthritis, inflammation and joint pain.
Glucosamine is most commonly found in our bones and the exoskeleton of shellfish. I’m not going to lie, the research is mixed as to whether it does anything on it’s own. But when combined with Chondroitin, it has some cool effects worth noting.
Chondroitin is found in cartilage. Consuming it helps your cartilage stay more elastic by drawing more water to the tissue.
Combining Chondroitin with Glucosamine stimulates cartilage production in your joints. This cocktail has garnered tons of positive research suggesting it can stop the process of cartilage breakdown that causes joint pain.
This soothing beverage provides a cheaper and arguably more bioavailable (fancy word for absorbable) source of these precious nutrients.
Bone broth also contains hyaluronic acid which is shown to improve symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Finally, bone broth has large amounts of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus which helps our bones grow and repair.
Basically, you end up with the most powerful smorgasbord of joint healing and bone building ingredients in one elegant beverage.
Bone Broth Detoxifies your Liver
Your liver takes a beating. Between drinking alcohol and our daily exposure to and consumption of heavy metals, the poor girl doesn't stand a chance. Yes I believe your liver is female.
The liver is designed to detoxify itself but it’s constantly bombarded from the toxic nature of today’s society that it never gets a brake.
And no, juice cleanses have nothing to do with it. So save your money and your bowel.
The liver’s ability to detoxify chemicals and toxins efficiently is limited to your bodies availability of an amino acid called glycine.
Glycine is a potent detoxifier manufactured by your liver which literally pumps chemicals out of your body.
It also plays an important role in producing hormones responsible for a bulletproof immune system and the neurotransmitters in your brain that help with memory and cognition.
Yet another benefit of glycine is that it’s been shown to improve sleep quality.
The gelatin found in bone broth is the highest source of glycine available. In a perfect world, you’d have a glycine IV connected to your liver. But that is not the case. So just drink bone broth instead.
I’m not saying that broth will undo last night’s bender, but it will help your overworked liver play catchup. And it has been shown to cure alcohol-induced fatty liver disease in rats. I realize it’s a stretch to extend these findings to humans, but the majority of all medical research begins on animals.
Also, anecdotally, some use it as a hangover cure. So next time you’re bedridden and questioning your decisions of the night prior, consider drinking some bone broth!
Either way, ditch the $200 juice cleanse and work a daily cup of soothing bone broth into your diet instead.
Bone Broth fights infections and bolsters your immune system
As mentioned above, bone broth supplies the body with a ton of amino acids and minerals to build healthier cells. Without listing all of them, bone broth contains highly absorbable forms of phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulphur, and many other trace minerals.
Let’s briefly talk about the four unique amino acids found in bone broth: proline, arginine and our friends from earlier, glycine and glutamine. They play key roles in supporting our immune system, nervous system, digestion, gut health and muscle repair.
What’s scary is that we don’t get enough of these amino acids from regular meat sources.
Research from The University of Nebraska Medical Centre shows that glycine and proline reduce inflammation in the respiratory system and improve digestion, thus boosting the immune system. They accomplish this by promoting gastric acid secretion which aids in digestion.
Arginine is a vasodilator and the main precursor to nitric oxide: meaning that it dilates your blood vessels. This allows for a more efficient delivery of nutrients to your muscles.
Research strongly shows that Arginine boosts the immune system through a host of different mechanisms.
While Glutamine’s joint healing capabilities are spotty, it has other impressive applications. Glutamine is used as a supplement to treat critically ill patients in ICU.
One last fun fact for you: glutamine molecules are what gives broth its savoury, satisfying umami-like flavour.
Speaking of umami, I’d love if you’d give Pure Bone Broth a try!
What do you have to lose?