Bone broth— it has quickly become one of the most popular health-boosting additions to the kitchen table for the past few years.
However, it is not a fresh, new health fad.
As a matter of fact, bone broths have been used extensively throughout history societies. From beef stew to chicken soup, bone broths were a fundamental of traditional diets in nearly every culture.
Traditional cultures valued bone broth because it is loaded with restorative amino acids, rich in flavor, easy to digest, and packed with all the essential nutrients. Moreover, preparing bone broths was the preferred way to use every part of an animal, so that nothing is wasted.
In a way, it is a lost art of cooking. We have abandoned our traditional diet and filled our guts with packaged and processed food.
And only now, decades later, that we are realizing the significant health benefits of adding bone broth to our diets.
And this is why this ancient cooking is getting revived once again in our time.
Here are 5 ways on how Bone broth will make you feel better and healthier.
1. Bone Broth Heals your Gut
Bone broth is rich in collagen, which when you cook, turns into gelatin. And gelatin is one of the most potent healers of gut in the worlds. It is packed with glycine which is a strong anti-inflammatory amino acid. Other than that, gelatin is also loaded with other healing nutrients such as arginine, proline, and magnesium.
Here’s how it works:
Your gut is home to trillions of microbes that scientists call “microbiome”. Think of it as an ecosystem— one that is either out of balance or balanced. If it is in complete harmony, you have a broad diversity of good microbes and only a few bad ones. However, if it is out of balance, 2 very dangerous scenarios can happen:
- SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth can occur in which microbes overpopulate and overwhelm your gut.
- Bad microbes can multiply really fast, churning out toxic chemicals.
When your microbes multiply too fast or the bad microbes gain too much control in your gut, it produces chemicals which cause gut inflammation. Such inflammation will damage your intestines’ wall, resulting in a “leaky gut” or intestinal permeability. This situation allows waste, toxins, and bacteria to escape into your bloodstream. Your immune system will then identify those as aliens to your body and will trigger a flood of inflammatory chemicals.
And when your immune system keeps on encountering these toxins that have escaped your gut, it will be stuck in the “on” position. Even though there is no war to fight, your fighting cells will keep on releasing toxic chemicals which can cause chronic inflammation. And we all know that chronic inflammation is the main culprit in every disease of aging, from diabetes and obesity to cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Gelatin will help transform your leaky gut into a much stronger barrier, healing chronic inflammation and makes your entire body healthier. As a result, you will lose extra pounds more easily and feel more energetic.
2. Bone Broth Supports Better Joint Health
Your joints contain cartilage— slippery Teflon-like coating which allows the joints in order to slide over each other without grinding. Animal bones also contain cartilage. Other than being loaded with collagen, cartilage is also loaded with chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine— the same nutrients that most doctors prescribe as supplements in order to keep your joints healthy and young.
A study has found out that chondroitin and glucosamine have been shown to improve joint health and decrease the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is very common as people age and is considered which is the leading cause of frequent joint pains.
Collagen and gelatin help delay chronic inflammatory responses that help in reducing pain and stopping degenerative joint diseases from spreading. A study revealed that individuals with joint issues such as osteoarthritis, typical joint pain, and exercise which is related to soreness can benefit from supplementing and taking gelatin.
3. Bone Broth Improve Sleep Quality
We all want to stay asleep once we did. An amino acid called glycine is dominant in Bone broth which has neurotransmitter properties. Glycine operates via 2 receptors that engage in different functions in the central nervous system.
Also, glycine has inhibitory neurotransmitter in the spinal cord and brainstem. It is the primary neurotransmitter which inhibits the sleep cycle motor neurons during sleep. If you take it before bedtime, glycine can help improve sleep latency, efficacy, and quality and significantly decreases daytime fatigue and sleepiness in individuals suffering from insomnia. Moreover, glycine can boost cutaneous blood flow that causes heat loss and a deeper sleep.
4. Bone Broth Makes Your Skin Firmer
High-end creams for wrinkles are loaded with collagen which strengthens the cells in your skin for a firmer, wrinkle-less skin. As a matter of fact, a study suggests that a higher intake of collagen can help increased hydration, improve skin functions, and reduces signs of aging on the skin including sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. However, it is far better to build collagen from the inside of your body by drinking cone broth.
Bone broth is loaded with collagen. It also contains hyaluronic acid which erases wrinkles and hydrates your skin. And although you likely will not notice any improvements immediately, you can either pay big money for beauty creams or take those animal bones and make some bone broth and feed it directly to your cells— the natural way.
5. Bone Broth Detoxifies the Body
Our world today is filled with toxins.
We are constantly exposed to cancerous chemicals such as glyphosate, heavy metals like mercury and lead and an overwhelming number of toxins.
The good news is our body has its natural systems to isolate such toxins and rid them from the body.
The bad news is, the body can only handle as much.
And because toxins are everywhere, our natural system can get easily overpowered. And this is when toxins start to build up in the body and cause so many problems.
Fortunately, bone broth is a really powerful detoxifier for several reasons:
- It helps the digestive system expel more waste efficiently
- It improves the liver’s ability to filter out toxins from your blood
- It is rich in glycine that stimulates the production of glutathione— the body’s master antioxidant. Moreover, this glutathione is crucial for the detoxification process of the liver for preventing toxin buildup.