What is bone broth?
Bone broth is a liquid consistency, primarily made up of brewed animal bones and connective tissues. It contains important nutrients, especially minerals derived from the animal tissues. This is why bone broth can be a great dietary supplement or meal replacement for many people.
Okay, so what are the researchers saying about it?
Researchers have started to identify a connection between gut health and the rising rates of chronic health conditions of our day. Research has suggested that there is a need to improve the health of our guts!
We are now being exposed to these types of conversations in exploring the value of gut bacteria and the integrity of the intestinal lining, in order to reduce symptoms. This is why bone broth is getting a lot of attention within the space, as studies are suggesting that it can be very beneficial to the health of our intestines and also overall health.
But here’s a list of reasons why you should be drinking it a hell of a lot more…
- It’s highly nutritious – bones themselves are rich in vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It also contains collagen, which provides the body with amino acids; the building blocks of protein for the body to function.
- It protects the joints from inflammation – Bone broth is a source of gelatin which is especially good for the joints, as the cartilage wears down over time.
- It helps promote better sleep – the amino acid glycine that it provides, encourages a healthier sleep + less fatigue during the day, resulting in lower levels of anxiety.
- It reduces inflammation in the gut – The amino acid specifically glutamine, helps heal the intestinal barrier in humans. It also helps with conditions, such as leaky gut, which destroys opportunities for food to digest properly.
- People with IBS and IBD suffer from lower levels of glutamine, therefore bone broth is integral to get anti-inflammatory amino acids into the body.
Although bone broth is proving to be quite fruitful, there’s yet to be a lot of research done to prove the specific benefits of it. In saying that, it is hard to discount the thought that this substance has in fact been an integral part of our cuisine for many years, and evidently provides us with vitamins, minerals and amino acids that might be exactly what our guts need to function optimally. Regardless of this new movement, it’s a very delicious and soothing hot beverage, especially for the cooler months.
Furthermore, it’s a great meal substitute for when you’re dealing with a sensitive stomach or flare-up.
Whether you decide to get on the bone broth bandwagon or not, make sure it’s organic grass-fed meat. Eating animals that haven’t been heavily tainted by their toxic environment reduces your exposure to inflammation.