For centuries, our ancestors, in countless cultures, have created a base liquid that contains over 19 amino acids, collagen, gelatin, and a variety of other nutrients. This delectable liquid is bone broth. Bone broth is easy to digest, and because of its wealth in nutrients, has shown to deliver numerous physical health benefits.
Drinking bone broth can help boost immunity, gut health, skin appearance, along with improving many other bodily systems.
What is Bone Broth?
Real bone broth is made from boiling and then simmering chicken, beef, fish and other “animal” bones in water for hours and/or days. Modern day chefs use it as a base to prepare many delicious dishes. Throughout history man has created bone broth mainly because every part of the animal can be used.
Because of the nature of how the bones are cooked, the nutrients are released into the water, creating a healing and immune-boosting stock. You can make it at home by purchasing grass-fed bones from a certified online source, or perhaps a local farmer’s market. (There are many recipes that add spices and vegetables to create awesome flavors and add to its healthy richness.)
Beware of many store-bought broths and stocks. Often they are made with “meat flavor” or added salt, sugar, or worse, MSG. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is actually a neurotoxin and can cause awful health side effects. A true bone broth will contain elements such as collagen, gelatin, glutamine, glucosamine, and glycine, among others.
Booming Bone Broth Benefits
Collagen – Skin and Gut Rescuer
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, collagen “is the most abundant protein in the human body, found in the bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. It is (basically) the substance that holds the body together.”
Collagen is abundant in bone broth. That means that the broth may reduce the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite. Another bonus is that collagen protects joints as well as the lining of the digestive tract. Bone broth has been shown to help relieve symptoms of arthritis as well as aid in the healing of acid reflux, IBS, and even ulcerative colitis. (The amino acids help build the tissue that line the colon.)
Gelatin – Bones, Joints, and Gut Hero
Another compound found in bone broth is gelatin. In ancient China, gelatin was a primary food source used in medical treatment. Bone broth is rich in gelatin, which can aid in bone density and strengthening. Gelatin is easily absorbed, and can help reduce pain in joints, along with preventing premature bone loss.
As for the gut, gelatin can help restore damaged stomach lining and assist with producing good bacteria (Probiotics!). Additionally, some health experts believe gelatin intake can help fight allergies and food sensitivities. (That means helping to tolerate dairy and/or gluten.)
Glycine is found in bone broth and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It also improves sleep quality and REM sleep. It has also proven to aid with gut-related issues by inhibiting stomach-acid secretion.
Glycine has also shown to decrease swelling in the brain from cholesterol, fatty acids, alcohol, and other toxins. Detoxification of cells can indeed improve brain function—another bonus. Glycine, along with potassium (both existent in bone broth), support cellular detoxification in the liver and other organs as well.
Glucosamine and Amino Acids
Glucosamine is often paired with chondriontin, which serendipitously, are both beneficial elements found in bone broth. Together, they reduce arthritis and joint pain through inflammation reduction. Furthermore, the amino acids in the broth have shown to reduce inflammation in the respiratory system, improving health challenges such as asthma and seasonal allergies.
Glutathione is an amazing detoxifier. It helps eliminate toxins such as metals like lead and mercury from the bloodstream. It also helps with absorption of antioxidants. Glutathione is an ingredient in bone broth.
Aside from the above promising examples, bone broth has even more health benefits—too many to list in this short article. Any delicious warm drink that provides as many healing advantages shouldn’t be discarded. Try a bone-broth drink first thing in the morning and the last thing before bedtime. The advantages may be weight-loss, increased metabolism, less muscular and joint pain, reduced brain fog, and younger looking skin. Why not give it a chance?
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