Drinking a mug of bone broth is becoming increasingly popular amongst the health-conscious, and with good reason. Our ancestors would make bone broth as a way of obtaining maximum nutrition from animals. However, nowadays, many people only use bone broth to add flavour to stews or soups, rather than drinking it for its beneficial properties. It’s simple and inexpensive to cook; I believe it should be an everyday staple in the kitchen. Here’s why:
- Heals the gut
Due to beneficial properties such as gelatine, bone broth has the power to help heal and maintain gut function. One study shows that supplementation with gelatine can be used to treat inflammatory intestinal disorders such as IBS1.
- Boosts the immune system
Hippocrates famously stated that, “All disease begins in the gut.”, making gut health the number one priority. If bone broth can help to heal and restore the gut then, in turn, it can strengthen the immune system. If a person suffers from leaky gut, undigested food particles seep through the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream2. This results in inflammation as the immune system is sent into overdrive, creating antibodies which start attacking healthy tissue. In my experience, I was unable to heal from other ailments until my gut function was restored.
- Strengthens joints and bones
Bone broth contains a high concentration of collagen (a protein), which helps to heal cartilage3. Also, the gelatine found in bone broth aids the formation and maintenance of strong bones.
- Keeps skin youthful
One study shows that after supplementing with collagen for 24 weeks, skin elasticity in elderly women significantly improved, as well as there being an improvement in skin moisture4; both of which promote youthful-looking skin.
Shop-bought vs homemade
I much prefer homemade bone broth to the ones available in shops. Homemade broth allows for personal choice of high-quality ingredients, as well as the length and temperature of cooking. It is also much cheaper than buying packaged bone broth. Homemade bone broth doesn’t require much attention but some people simply don’t have the extra time to spare. In this instance, I have seen a few brands of bone broth which seem to acknowledge the importance of quality ingredients. In the UK, the brand Osius offers 100% grass-fed beef broth and pastured chicken broth, both of which use organic ingredients. As I don’t choose to consume nightshades frequently (the beef broth contains tomatoes), homemade will always be my optimal choice.
Ways I use bone broth
- Drink it straight!
- In soups and stews
I use bone broth to add nutrients and extra flavour to dishes. Try my Beef and Bone Broth Stew.
Here are some great articles further divulging the benefits of bone broth: