About a year ago I decided to look into making my own bone broth to help with digestive issues and heard it was good for your overall health. I found it very easy to make. Now I literally could go through the whole process in my sleep. Most of the time it really does cook while I am sleeping and I wake up to a house smelling of delicious broth. To this day my husband and I both drink broth every morning as a nice start to our day.
I wanted to share some of the benefits of why bone broth is so great and why you should give it a try!
Reason 1: Improves Digestive Functions– There’s a seemingly endless list of substances today that can cause damage to your gut. Between the pesticides in our food, overuse of antibiotics, and chemicals in processed foods, our gut is under attack more than ever.
Fortunately, the gelatin found in bone broth is fantastic for healing the gut.
Gelatin heals the gut by repairing the intestinal lining and reducing inflammation caused by gut-related disease and food sensitivities.
Reason 2: Boosts Brain Health– We use our brain for so much, but how often do we return the favor by giving it nutrients to thrive? With a healthy brain, you can have a better memory, think more clearly, have stronger willpower, have monk-like focus, and much more. I think it’s safe to say anyone would be happy to have more of these qualities (including myself). Well, it turns out that bone broth has several compounds that can improve your brain’s functioning and mood.
Glycine, for example, is one of the most important inhibitory neurotransmitters.
Simply put, glycine can help cognitive performance, regulates how your brain uses energy, and some studies even suggested that glycine can dilate the micro vessels in the brain. This means glycine can improve circulation in the brain.
Bone broth also contains chondroitin, which is shown to have an important role in regeneration and plasticity in the central nervous system.
In other words, chondroitin can help with learning and memory.
Reason 3: Boosts Immunity- What’s the number one food you crave when you’re feeling under the weather? I bet it’s a warm bowl of chicken soup. And it turns out there’s a real reason behind your chicken soup cravings: it boosts the immune system and soothes the gut.
Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center were curious if there was any truth behind the immune system and chicken soup connection.
To their surprise, they discovered that the amino acids (building blocks of protein) found in chicken broth could reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and boost the immune system. In other words, bone broth can help you feel better and fight illness.
So it seems there’s a reason your body craves soup when you’re sick after all!
Reason 4: Reduces Joint Pain and Inflammation– The cartilage in your joints (along with some other structures) ensures your joints are well protected.
But this cartilage degrades as we age. Over time, it can cause your bones to scrape up against one another every time you move. And as you could imagine, this causes a considerable amount of pain.
That’s why it’s incredibly important to give your body the materials it needs to repair and maintain your joints.
Bone broth is packed with substances that can help maintain your joints such as Collagen and chondroitin, for example, are some of the building blocks used to construct cartilage.
When you introduce these substances to the body, your joints can heal.
These joint-nurturing substances can make a big difference in your overall joint health and there’s evidence to prove it.
Reason 5: Promotes Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails– Collagen is a protein your body uses extensively to keep your skin healthy. Without it, our skin would gradually lose elasticity and its healthy color. In other words, you would look older.
Normally our body can produce enough collagen to keep our skin healthy and wrinkle-free. Well…until our 20th birthday at least.
According to the Scientific American, after the age of 20, our bodies produce “about 1 percent less collagen in the skin each year. As a result, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile with age.
The good news is bone broth is packed with collagen.
And since most of us don’t eat collagen-rich foods, it makes bone broth the perfect remedy for aging skin.
References from https://naturalife.org/nutrition/bone-broth-health-benefits
Would you like my recipe for Bone Broth?