As winter approaches, a health trend everyone should be made aware of is bone broth. Made from boiling down the bones of animals into a broth, with the infusion of many herbs over a 10- 20 hour period, bone broth can be used to make everyone’s favorite winter soups. Since bone broth is made from boiling down animal bones and connective tissues, the minerals, amino acids, protein, and collagen from within those structures ends up in the broth. Due to this, there are so many health benefits that come from using bone broth.
The boiled down broth will end up containing marrow, tons of collagen, minerals, and more. These things come with many benefits. Many people do not get all the minerals and amino acids the body needs from a regular diet, so broth can help to fix this issue. Additionally, the collagen found in broth has many benefits for the human body. Collagen is helpful in making skin healthier and younger, alleviating joint pain, helping to repair soft tissue injuries like torn cartilage, aiding joint pain, improving digestive health, bone health, and helping immune health.
It’s important to be vigil about things like this since they can have a major impact on the body. For instance, ensuring the diet is providing enough protein, collagen, and minerals can hep prevent things like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis that can be potentially debilitating, especially with age. Another benefit of broth involves a syndrome called “leaky gut,” a condition that can arise from things like stress, poor diet, alcohol and smoking, inflammation, or GI infections, can cause toxic substances that the body should discard to be reabsorbed into the digestive tract. However, the ingredients found in a good bone broth can help heal leaky gut syndrome. Specifically, glutamine and glycine found in the broth help repair the digestive lining and alleviate symptoms. Glycine found in bone broth also boots liver function and helps it detoxify the body much better. Next, bone broth aids in better sleep due to glycine interacting with the central nervous system. For women, bone broth can also be a healthy aid during pregnancy. The nutrients will be passed to the baby to provide an environment for healthy development. Plus, bone broth tends to help with morning sickness. Clearly, bone broth is an easy and healthy way to make sure the body is receiving the nutrients it needs in order to function optimally. There are so many different things you can do with bone broth. Some ideas beyond soups, which is the most common, are gummy bears, risotto, quinoa bowls, vegetable tacos, smoothies, and many more.
Tons of recipes for bone broth soup exist, but here is my go to;
Bone Broth Vegetable Soup
2 scoops Vital Proteins Bone Broth Collagen
2 cups of Water
⅓ cup chopped onions
⅓ cup chopped celery
⅔ cup chopped carrots
Salt to taste
5 ounces egg noodles
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
2 fresh basil leaves
To make this soup:
Place a large pot over medium heat
Add onions, celery and carrots and a pinch of salt to the pot and let cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
When the vegetables are tender, add egg noodles, oregano and basil leaves.
Bring soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer until all the flavors have melded, about 20 minutes. Season with salt, to taste.
This is just one example of the many things that can be done with bone broth. By simply searching in google, you can find thousands of soup recipes, and many more things to do with bone broth as well. Adding bone broth to the diet is a simple way to add nutrients that the body likely is not getting enough of, which can have many long term health benefits for the body.