Winter of 2014 through 2015 brought bone broth to the main stream, finding it’s way onto national morning shows. It was so popular, a walk-through window serving hot bone broth was created on the streets of New York City . While many sip on flavorful broth to stay warm during the winter months, there are plenty of health benefits of bone broth outside the warmth.
The Benefits of Bone Broth
Gut Healing Collagen and Gelatin
Gelatin is notorious to helpheal the gut lining. Glycine helps form glutathione; one of the most potent detoxifiers in the liver. Glutamine is another key protein in bone broth that can help support the barrier functions of the gut lining. Although there is little research on the topic, glutamine is thought to assist with conditions related to “leaky gut” syndrome. Therefore, bone broth may improve the strength of the gut lining.
Joint Support From GAGS
Glucosaminoglycans, also known as “GAGs” are molecules that provide joint lubrication and can ease joint aches and pains. Probably the most notable GAGs are glucosamine and chondroitin, which people often take by mouth to ease symptoms of arthritis. Bone broth is rich in GAGs like glucosamine and can support joint function.
Healthy Bones and Tissues with Minerals
Calcium, magnesium and phosphorous in the animal bones get into the broth and can help strengthen your bones and connective tissues when you drink it.
Also, it is wise to add the apple cider vinegar during the early stages of cooking because it allows the minerals to be released from the bones more effectively. So, don’t forget to add this key ingredient to your next batch of broth for even more minerals.
A Magic Tonic?
While there is very little hard scientific evidence to lay proof to bone broth as a healing modality, homemade or thoughtfully sourced bone broth has very few drawbacks to negate the possible upsides. It has been thought that quality bone broth has many health benefits including improved gut healing, autoimmune disease, improved function of neurotransmitters, muscle repair, hair and nail growth, and decreased inflammation. Thinking of trying bone broth? Below are a few resources to help you get started on your bone broth journey.
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