Hi Three to Five Tribe!If you know me, you know bone broth gives me life. Although bone broth is a wonderful way to warm up during the cold winter months, I enjoy it all year round. Yes, that’s right, even in the middle of July when the Midwest heat and humidity is at its’ highest, you will find me drinking a mug of bone broth. (I know, I am that girl.
I am often asked why bone broth is so good for you and today I am going to share all of the health benefits of bone broth with you. Here are five health benefits of bone broth.
Health Benefits of Bone Broth
Bone Broth vs. Stock: What’s the Difference?
First of all, let’s review what makes bone broth, well, bone broth. Many people often use the terms bone broth and stock interchangeably, which can create confusion, but essentially bone broth is just really good stock. According to Bon Appetit, traditional soup stock is thick due to the collagen that seeps out of joints and bones during long-term cooking, while broth is thinner and made with actual meat. Over time, people just started referring to traditional soup stock as bone broth, despite the difference in preparation.
Bone broth is defined by its thickness and has a gelatin-like consistency when chilled, kind of like Jello. This gel-like consistency comes from the collagen found in the bones, which is where the magic of bone broth lies. What’s collagen you ask? Collagen is a protein derived from meat cartilage and is what gives bone broth many of its numerous health benefits.
5 Health Benefits of Bone Broth
As I mentioned, I enjoy bone broth because it’s super delicious and easy to prepare for a quick and easy meal, but bone broth is also a super healing elixir. Here’s why
- Bone broth heals the gut. The collagen found in bone broth protects and heals the digestive tract, potentially even helping to heal “leaky gut.” Bone broth supports better digestion and proper nutrient absorption within the body. Bone broth is also a food I enjoy when my gut is feeling sluggish and off.
- Bone broth protects joints. Bone broth is naturally full of glucosamine, which can lubricate, heal and protect joints.
- Bone broth supports the Immune System. Bone broth has a high concentration of the minerals responsible for supporting and strengthening your immune system. Ever wonder why your grandmother’s homemade chicken soup always made you feel better? Turns out, there was some science mixed in with all that grandmotherly love.
- Bone broth strengthens bones. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium found in bone broth provide the essential building blocks for your own healthy bones.
- Bone broth can make you beautiful. Okay, let’s be real, you are already beautiful as is, but bone broth can enhance your beauty even more because bone broth is a rich source of collagen, which is great for hair, skin, and nails.
Now that you know all of the health benefits of bone broth it’s time to try some for yourself. Bone broth can be found at your local Whole Foods store (I recommend Kettle & Fire), but you can also make your own at home. Check back in next week for a homemade recipe from yours truly!
Enjoying bone broth three to five days a week (or more),