Benefits of Bone Broth And a Surprising Recipe
Bone broth is a traditional food with a multitude of benefits. We've seen an uprising in the popularity of long simmered bone broths in the last few years, and with good reason.
BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH
Bone broth is incredibly rich in collagen, which is the most abundant protein in the human body. It provides structure for our skeleton and skin, and holds soft tissues together. It provides elasticity and joint comfort, something we all wont to maintain.
Some more benefits of traditionally made broth are:
Natural multi mineral: broth contains signifigant amounts of potassium, chromium, molybdenum, selenium, and some magnesium.
Immune function: bone broth contains immune supporting amino acids such as arginine, which helps protect against infection.
Reduces pain in bones, tendons, and joints: bone broth, particularly the collagen content, is anti-inflammatory and rich in connective tissue and bone building nutrients,including minerals, amino acids (protein building blocks), glucosamine, and chondroitin. The effect is reduction in pain for arthritis and exercise related exertion. Collagen is also strengthening for the skin and hair.
Sleep and mood: bone broth is rich in glycine, which is calming to the central nervous system, which can help enhance mood and good sleep. Glycine also balances blood sugar by improving insulin sensitivity. This is important for sleep because stable glucose levels guard against nighttime waking by keeping the cortisol wakening response at bay.
Detoxification and inflammation: the glycine contained in bone broth is also necessary for detoxification processes and reducing inflammation. Glycine is one of the three amino acids we need to make glutathione, which is the master detoxifier. It is an antioxidant, anti-cancer, supports longevity, and is anti-inflammatory.
Gut health: bone broth contains something called glycosaminoglycan polysaccharides (GAGS), which are released from the cartilage during cooking. These carbohydrates produce a thick gelatin that helps repair gut lining and joint tissue.
The best way to have bone broth on a regular basis is to make your own long simmered (or pressure cooked) broth from grass-fed or pastured bones, and if you can access chicken feet, these create an amazing gelatinous broth when added in. If you dont't want to make your own, there are some amazing companies out there now that are making high quality broths. Look for these products frozen, preferably organic/grass-fed/pasture raised bones, with simple ingredients. Avoid products that say "stock" and are in tetra packs, as these aren't usually true broths and won't provide the benefits of quality broth.
A DELICIOUS BROTH-Y RECIPE TO TRY
If you have been incorporating more broth into your diet, or you want to, but are getting tired of sipping on cups of it, there are lots of ways to incorporate it into your cooking to add in benefits. I like to use it as a soup base, cook grains in it, make bone broth hot chocolate, and other drinks. This is one of my favourite and surprising ways to drink broth lately. It is a great drink to support pain and inflammation reduction, and is really delicious. I hope you enjoy it!
Golden Broth Blend
1 cup broth
1 cup non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons coconut cream (the thick part that separates to the top of the can)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1/8-1/4 tsp black pepper
1-2 dried dates, pits removed, or 3 drops liquid stevia
Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a pot and heat over medium on stovetop until warm.
If you try this, I'd love to hear your feedback!