It’s gaining serious traction in the Paleo community of late, and with good reason.
Bone broth has nutrients and minerals in abundance — proponents report all kinds of benefits ranging from increased energy to improved digestion and immunity.
I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at this “superfood”, so here’s a little primer on the benefits of bone broth, and how to make it:
What’s the big deal with this stuff, anyway?
Bone broth is about as cheap and cheerful as it gets when it comes to healthy food. You can produce a few weeks worth of it with relatively little time and effort, and it can be used as a base for soups, sauces and gravies, or simply eaten as-is.
It’s a great way to get the most nutritional bang for your buck out of those bones and carcasses you would have otherwise thrown out.
The popularity of bone broth is not a recent phenomenon, either — cultures all over the world have recognised its medicinal properties and used it as an all-purpose remedy for generations.
So what exactly are the amazing health benefits of bone broth? Here are a few:
- It can help to heal and seal up your gut. The gelatin in bone broth actually helps to “plug” holes in the intestines and protect the gut lining — great news for anyone suffering from leaky gut syndrome. It can also help cure chronic diarrhea, constipation and even some food intolerances.
- It strengthens bones and keeps joints healthy. Bone broth contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate, which help to protect your joints and prevent osteoarthritis. It’s also dense in minerals such as phosphorous, magnesium and calcium, which are the essential ingredients for strong, healthy bones.
- You’ll look younger. Bone broth is rich in collagen which, as you know, is the active ingredient in so many beauty products these days. Ingesting collagen by drinking bone broth will help keep your hair, skin and nails healthy and looking radiant.
- It improves sleep and helps you function better. The glycine found in bone broth has been shown in studies to help subjects sleep better, and it can also improve memory.
- It helps to support immunity. The density of nutrients and minerals in bone broth will help bolster your immune system, speeding up healing and recuperation from illness. Remember when you were sick and your mother made you chicken soup? Turns out she was onto something!
“But making my own broth from scratch sounds like a pain in the ass!”
Nope, bone broth is actually ridiculously easy to make — throw bones into a pot, add whatever vegetables and herbs you’ve got lying around, cover with water, cook on a low heat for 24-72 hours, strain, eat.
That’s really all there is to it!
But just for the sake of demonstration, here’s Darren Cox from Total Reformation to show you how it’s done: