Bone broth – by now you have probably heard of it and its highly touted health benefits when added to a healthy diet. But in case you haven’t discovered the trend yet, and you don’t know what it is, essentially it’s a soup made from animal bones. According to Wikipedia:
Broth is a savory liquid made of water in which bones, meat, fish, or vegetables have been simmered. It can be eaten alone, but is most commonly used to prepare other dishes such as soups, gravies, and sauces.
Beyond just being a soup made from animal bones, the health benefits are undeniable. Now commercially available, I get my bone broth from the health food store Erewhon. But whether you choose to make it from scratch or purchase it from a health food store, the recent uptick in popularity for the soup just proves that our grandmothers knew well what they were doing boiling the bone stock for hours to make home made soup. It turns out it wasn’t just that they loved to cook!. Bone broth can be made from chicken or meat bones – the only difference is the hours it takes to simmer. Again, I buy my broth already made and since making it a regular part of my routine, I do feel a difference. As with everything however, I like to also do ample research. And here is just some of what I have read. According to CBN News, there is a scientific reason based on the healing properties and minerals found in the marrow, why it’s so good for you. Says CBNNews of the health benefits one might experience:
It heals a leaky gut. The gelatin in bone broth protects the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients. A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms. The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation. Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails. The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong.
Of course if you are regular reader of my blog you know that I am never one to argue with natural health remedies. The truth is, I do feel good so whether it’s a placebo — my body just likes warm soup — or it’s the healing properties of the broth, it won’t hurt me. There are countless stories however of the benefits. In my own circle, a friend of a friend had an arthritic dog and began feeding it bone broth every day and after a time, the dog was running and jumping with visible improvement. Still I also look at the science. If it has all of those minerals, glucosamine and more, it can do nothing but help. Like I said, I feel good. What surprised me most is the sort of energy boost I get after drinking a cup and I have noticed a difference in my hair and skin. If you want to try it, you are in SoCal and maybe you don’t have the patience to let bones simmer in a slow cooker all day, stop by Erewhon. I highly suggest you pick some up on your next trip.