Think back to when you were a little kid, laying in bed sick as a dog. Were you ever given homemade soup to help make you feel better? Chances are the answer is yes. Now, here’s another question. Did the soup actually help you feel better? Chances are, the answer is also yes.
That homemade soup you ate as a child may have been bone broth. Bone broth is made when animal bones (typically chicken, turkey, beef, lamb or fish), simmer in water for 8-10 hours, releasing powerful nutrients into the water. Some people also add vegetables and various spices to their bone broth to boost the nutritional value. Although, the nutrients from the animal bones alone are enough to improve your gut health and boost overall health.
Bone broth has many health benefits. Along with fighting the common cold and flu, it also helps heal a leaky gut, reduce inflammation and reduce joint pain (just to name a few).
Now that you have a good understanding of what bone broth is, let’s take a closer look at exactly how it impacts your health.
1) Heals a Leaky Gut
Bone broth contains gelatin, which helps protect the lining of the digestive tract. Bone broth is also easy to digest.
2) Reduces Inflammation
Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids.
3) Reduces Joint Pain
Glucosamine found in bone broth can stimulate the growth of new collagen, which is important to maintain healthy joints and repair damaged joints.
4) Promotes Strong Bones
Bone broth contains key minerals to help grow and repair bones. These minerals include calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
5) Fights Common Cold and Flu
Packed with nutrients, bone broth can help boost the immune system.
6) Replenishes the Body With Key Nutrients
As I mentioned in the infographic above, as the animal bones simmer in water they release powerful nutrients including collagen, gelatin, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. This helps improve nutritional deficiencies.
7) Calms Mind and Promotes Sleep
Bone broth is rich in amino acids that are very calming.
*In the infographic above you will find a recipe from Mind Body Green to make your own homemade bone broth. This recipe is simple, delicious and healthy!