Benefits of Bone Broth
7 Reasons to start sipping on bone broth
You may have heard about the plentiful benefits of bone broth, or that it is a highly nutritious source of protein, or that it is your ticket to gut health.
Yes, to all the above.
Bone broth is so much more than a comforting soup. It is a versatile accompaniment to recipes and the start to whole body health.
If you have heard about it but are not sure if you should or need to have it in your pantry, let’s stir on that.
What is bone broth?
Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones and connective tissues for extended periods of time; typically made with cattle or chicken bones.
Through the process of simmering, bones release beneficial nutrients such as collagen, gelatin, and amino acids (such as glycine, glutamine, and proline, to name a few). Alongside those nutrients are many key minerals, including protein, that aid tissue, gut, skin, and joint health.
BONE BROTH NUTRITION FACTS
Bone broth contains 19 easily absorbable amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Protein is the essential macronutrient needed in the body for cell regeneration. Not only does it help with muscle growth, but it also prevents muscle wasting and breakdown (which occurs naturally as you age).
There is another incredible group of nutrients found in bone broth known as Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). GAGs play a key role in building strong ligaments, cartilage, nails and skin firmness. Two of these includes glucosamine and chondroitin, both of which are well-studied natural compounds that help to decrease joint pain and inflammation.
Bone broth also contains hyaluronic acid (another GAG) which helps with collagen production and helps to lubricate joints, tissues, including the skin and gut lining.
7 Bone broth benefits — Why you should drink it.
Strengthens your joints and connective tissues
As a natural source of collagen (type 1 for beef bone broth type 2 for chicken) bone broth helps to restore your connective tissues as well as repair joint health.
A key component of bone broths is gelatin, which is the cooked form of collagen. Gelatin is easily digestible and provides protection from wear and tear to the joints. It’s also been shown to improve joint pain in people with osteoarthritis.
Amino acids such as glycine, glutamine and arginine, all found in bone broth, have all been considered to play a strong role in decreasing inflammation in the body.
Arginine has been helpful in fighting ongoing inflammation, which can lead to several conditions and health concerns over time. This includes metabolic syndrome, heart disease and others. Glycine, a main amino acid in collagen, plays a role in producing an antioxidant that helps improve cell health and prevent inflammation (in the liver and gut). Glutamine has also been shown to block the production of nitric oxide which causes inflammation in the body. Together these amino acids in bone broth can provide your body with less pain by blocking inflammation.
Helps heal your gut
Because bone broth’s nutrient profile helps to decrease inflammation, it does that throughout the body including the digestive tract lining. Glycine improves the integrity of your digestive tract and plays a vital role in the absorption of nutrients found in our foods, potentially helping with several conditions.
Because bone broth has collagen which supports tissue health, this also encourages strength in the tissues lining the gut, making it stronger and more resistant (no more “leaky gut”).
There is a reason why warm broth or “chicken soup” has been touted as a remedy for cold and flus. Because of its immense nutrient profile, bone broth fights inflammation and supports gut health as you just read. In turn, when the digestive tract is healthy, it feeds to your overall health and boosts the immune system.
Sipping bone broth has been linked to improving symptoms of respiratory tract infections, soothing sore throats and stomachs.
Boosts skin health
Collagen helps form elastin and other compounds within skin that are responsible for maintaining skin’s textures, buoyancy, elasticity and glow. Because of bone broth’s composition being rich in collagen, it’s no surprise that skin health is inevitably a big benefit.
In addition, the hyaluronic acid component supports collagen production, as well as retains moisture within the skin tissues and its cells to provide a more “plump” appearance to the skin.
Helps in detoxification
Because bone broths (as we’ve seen) support your gut health, decreases liver inflammation and improves the body’s use of antioxidants, it also is helpful in supporting the body carry out toxins.
In addition to potassium and glycine, both of which support cellular health, bone broth provides glutathione. This has been studied to help remove fat-soluble compounds and heavy metals from the body and increase the use of antioxidants to help your liver function better.
Bone broth has a high protein amount (12g or more in Organika’s Chicken and Beef Broth Powders). The complete protein profile includes all the amino acids that help the body to repair muscle tissues, increase bone health, boost nutrient absorption and maintain tissue health everywhere. It also helps the body to convert its glucose stores into usable energy. Protein, specifically amino acids like glutamine, helps the body maintain energy and increase nutrient uptake by cells. These play key roles in increased metabolism and why you may find yourself feeling “satisfied” after sipping on a whole cup of bone broth.
Bone broth made simple.
Traditionally, bone broth is made by simmering animal bones for hours (sometimes days!) to extract every single nutrient from the bones. Organika has made it easier with powdered bone broths.
Organika’s bone broth powders are extremely easy to use as well as digest. Simply add water or stir it into soups, sauces and more!