What Is Bone Broth and How It Can Improve Your Health

19 Sep 2018
Larry Ficks

If you are you looking to improve your health and well-being, bone broth is something you may want to add to your daily diet. This is an incredible food that has been around for many many years now and when you look at some of its amazing benefits, it is easy to understand why.

What is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is a highly nutritious “superfood” made by simmering animal bones (not meat) and connective tissue. It can be made from any animal bones, but the most common choices include chicken, turkey, beef, pig and fish. Any marrow or connective tissue can be used such as beaks, feet, spines gizzards, hooves, legs, whole carcasses, fins or hocks. The resulting nutrient-dense liquid can be used for sauces, soups and health drinks. Dehydrated, powder and concentrated forms of bone broth are also available on the market and they all provide the same health benefits as the liquid form. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Digestive Aid + Heals Your Gut

In traditional Chinese medicine, bone broth has been used as a digestive tonic for about 2,500 years. Today, it’s one of the most recommended foods for improving symptoms of chronic digestive conditions all over the world. The reason bone broth is so healing for the gut is due to its collagen. Collagen contains high levels of amino acids that reduce inflammation in the GI tract and also has the ability to ‘seal and heal’ holes in the gut lining – the cause of leaky-gut syndrome.

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Relieves Arthritis and Soothes Inflamed Joints

There is no better way to nourish your bones and joints than by consuming bone broth. This stock is packed with hyaluronic acid, chondroitin, glucosamine, calcium, magnesium and amino acids – all of which help reduce joint pain and inflammation. It is for this reason that bone broth is becoming the ultimate go-to recovery option among athletes.

Better Hair, Nails, and Skin

Thanks to the beauty industry, we all know what is collagen. Many anti-aging face creams, serums and moisturizes contain collagen in their composition and come at fairly high prices. But what many don’t know is that collagen isn’t easily absorbed by the skin, which means that these products don’t help much. The great news though, is that collagen can be absorbed through the digestive system, so adding bone broth to your diet will have a much more powerful and lasting impact on the overall health and appearance of your skin. Collagen also helps strengthen nails and encourages hair to grow quicker, thicker, and take on a healthy shine.