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Benefits of Bone Broth

Chicken soup for a cold? Turns out it’s not just an old wives’ tale. Bone broth seems to be making a comeback, and with good reason. It touts some serious health benefits, and some even claim that it can give you an anti-aging beauty boost, too.

What bone broth can do for you

Many health trends are just that — trends. But bone broth is not new to the scene. Bone broth contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur, glucosamine and more. Ancient healers from many different cultures used it for its curative attributes, and modern-day research has proven the benefits of the vitamins and minerals it contains.

Bone broth is thought to:

  • Heal your gut and improve your immune system. Gelatin in bone broth can help strengthen your gut lining, grow probiotics and reduce digestive tract inflammation. It can also help support digestive function. On top of that, the bone marrow in the broth is thought to boost your immune system.
  • Protect your joints. Bone broth can help support everything from bone density to joint mobility. Glucosamine, collagen, and gelatin in the broth help to protect your joints and restore cartilage.
  • Flush out toxins and make your body better able to absorb vitamins and minerals. According to Stanford University’s Medicine Preventative Research Center, glutathione helps to eliminate fat-soluble compounds, including heavy metals like mercury and lead. It also helps you absorb nutrients better. Glutathione is found in — you guessed it — bone broth!
  • Keep you looking younger. Collagen is often used to give skin a youthful, glowing appearance. You can rub it on with a cream. You can have a cosmetic surgeon inject it. But did you know you can also drink it? The collagen found in bone broth can leave your skin, nails and hair healthy and radiant!

Not all broths are created equal

Before you go grab a can of chicken noodle soup, you should know that not all broths are the same. Broth is a liquid that can get its flavor from soaking anything — meat, vegetables or even artificial flavoring — in water. Bone broth, however, can only be made by soaking animal bone in water. When bone is soaked for an extended period of time, usually from 24 to 72 hours, vitamins and minerals are pulled from the bone and into a flavorful broth.

Make your own bone broth

Making your own bone broth is the best way to ensure that you’re getting the health benefits you’re looking for. It may sound intimidating, but it’s actually pretty easy. The most difficult part may be finding the bones. Try your local butcher or shop at an Asian food market. You can find several recipes online, including this healthy slow cooker bone broth recipe.