One may think bone broth is something new or trendy because of all the media
coverage it has received in the past year, but bone broth has been around for
centuries. It was used in ancient cultures for it’s healing benefits and made by our
grandmothers before “broth” in the box started filling the grocery shelves. As with
the rest of our Standard American Diet of processed foods, we have lost the healing
Broth should be made from the bones of healthy animals that have been fed well
and taken care of properly. Grass fed beef bones or pastured chicken are the more
common type but you can also use wild caught fish bones too. The benefit of this
type of broth comes from the breakdown of these bones into its components.
1. Collagen – Collagen is the glue that holds our bodies together. Breaking
down bones, through cooking, releases the amino acids we need to help strengthen
our tendons and ligaments. Ladies, you know how important collagen is for
youthful appearing skin, hair and nails. Expensive beauty creams are full of collagen
to keep your skin firm and youthful in appearance. Bone broth is much cheaper and
works from the inside out naturally. Who doesn’t like that!
2 Cartilage – It provides the body with all the right tools to repair or prevent
damage to joints that occur from the aging process. Over the counter supplements
only provide “some” of the right tools. While broth is found to be low in calcium and
some minerals, our bodies more readily absorb them from broth to keep our bones
strong. Over the counter supplements are higher in calcium but not as readily
assimilated into our bodies.
3. Amino Acids – Proline, glycine, glutamine and
alanine. Each play a different yet important role in gut health, healthy
collagen/cartilage, blood cell production and fat metabolism.