Written by Jordan Pie, Changing Habits Nutritionist & GAPS Practitioner.
From a healthy gut to stronger and healthier skin, hair and nails, there are many benefits to consuming bone broth.
Traditional foods such as cultured dairy, cultured vegetables, bone broth and stocks have been consumed for thousands of years because they contain incredible health benefits. Bone broth or stock was a way our ancestors honoured the whole animal. They used the parts they couldn't eat directly such as the bones, ligaments, bone marrow, tendons and feet, and boiled them in water over a period of days.
By simmering these parts of the animal in water, compounds like collagen, gelatin, amino acids, vitamins and minerals are released into the liquid to provide a nutrient dense liquid called bone broth. Bone broths have been used as the staple or base for many traditional and cultural dishes because they are rich in natural flavour, easy to digest, easy to make, economical and they boost healing within the body.
Here are the top 8 reasons why you should drink bone broth:
1. Heals leaky gut
The gelatin contained in bone broth helps to heal, seal and soothe the gut lining and in doing so can be very helpful for reducing intestinal inflammation, reversing leaky gut syndrome and other digestive problems.
2. Aids sleep
The amino acid, glycine, found in bone broth helps people to sleep better and also improves memory and brain function.
3. Immune booster
The gelatin and collagen contained in broth supports gut health and its high amino acid profile helps to reduce inflammation. It's also rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds such as glutamine, glycine, proline and collagen.
4. Nutrient absorption
Broth is a wonderful source of bio-available nutrients in an easy to digest form and it also enhances the absorption of nutrients from other foods.
5. Supports skin, nails, hair, teeth and joint health
Broth is rich in collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates and other compounds which support skin, nail, hair, teeth and joint health. It helps to support the connective tissue in your body and helps your nails and hair to grow well and strong.
6. Aids detoxification
The glycine in bone broth can aid the cells to detoxify from chemicals and toxins. The livers ability to detox toxins from your body is dependant on the amount of glycine available in the diet.
7. Supports adrenal health
When we have stress in our lives, our bodies, mind and the adrenals can become overworked and undernourished. By consuming bone broth, it provides the adrenal glands with the support and nourishment they need.
8. It's economical
It's very inexpensive and a great way to utilise old vegetables or vegetable scraps that you've saved, leftover roast chicken carcasses or meat bones. You can also purchase grass-fed bones from your local butcher for a really great price.
If you still feel as though you'rere not ready to make it yourself, you're short of time, travel a lot or prefer to have something that's a little more convenient, then a dehydrated broth is the best solution for you.
Dehydrated broth can make a nutritious hot broth drink by mixing a teaspoon of the dehydrated broth into a cup of hot water. It also has many other uses as it can be added to many savoury dishes such as stews, curries, scrambled eggs, sauces, dips, casseroles, meatballs, rissoles, gravies, dukkah and as a marinade mix. It can also be sprinkled over meat and vegetables as well.