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5 Health Benefits of Bone Broth (and How to Make Your Own!)

5 Health Benefits of Bone Broth (and How to Make Your Own!)

There’s a lot more to bone broth than you think. Essential nutrients, vitamins, and essential minerals are just some of the great bonuses you’ll find in this ultimate superfood.
Find out what other bone broth benefits are waiting for you and discover how to make your own batch using our quick and easy recipe.

Bone Broth Benefits

1. Joint Health

Broth made from bones and joints contains several nutrients that help strengthen your own skeletal system. Believe it or not, bones are actually pretty rich in protein — close to 50% protein by volume. The collagen from the bones, tendons, and ligaments are broken down during the cooking process and turned into gelatin, which is actually a protein (Hint: adequately prepared broth solidifies in the fridge due to gelatin). Gelatin contains several essential amino acids, such as proline and glycine.

These amino acids allow your body to rebuild your own connective tissue, especially tendons and ligaments, which, as I’m sure you know, are essential for your health and strength. If your muscles are strong, but your connective tissues are weak, this can elevate the risk of injury. Also, as we age, it’s essential to maintain connective tissue health to reduce the risk of aching joints. (1)

Bone broth is also rich in glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), a family of carbohydrates found in bones and connective tissue that shows new effects on reducing joint pain. The best-known GAG is glucosamine, which thousands of people take every day as a joint health supplement. Two other GAGs found in bones, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate, have also been known to be effective treatments for osteoarthritis. (2)

These proteins in bone broth seen to be especially beneficial for those with rheumatoid arthritis. One study found that chicken collagen can dramatically improve symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and may even prevent symptoms entirely. (3)

2. Digestion

Bone broth can also help improve digestion problems due to high levels of the amino acid glycine. Glycine helps enhance digestion through increased production of stomach acid. Contrary to what you may think, acid reflux is actually caused by a lack of stomach acid which makes digesting food difficult, so increasing the glycine in your diet may actually help if you suffer from acid reflux. Glycine is also an essential component of bile acid, which is necessary for fat digestion in the small intestine and also helps maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels.

Another amino acid found in bone broth, Glutamine, has been known as a natural remedy for “leaky gut syndrome.” This basically means the lining of your intestines are not working correctly and toxins that should remain in your pipe can leak into your bloodstream, which can set off many autoimmune issues. Glutamine helps keep the intestinal wall strong and healthy, preventing this damage from occurring. This can help cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.

3. Rich in Minerals

One of the more critical bone broth benefits is that it is exceptionally high in minerals. Cooking the bones for so long demineralizes the bones and releases the minerals into the broth. When using land animals, your broth will be rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. When cooking fish bones, your broth will be rich in iodine.

You can even maximize the mineral content by adding a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the broth before you turn on the heat. It will help decalcify the bones and extract the minerals even more.

4. Improved Immune System

All bone broth is nutritious, but broth made with marrow has even more benefits. The heart is technically organ meat, and organ meats tend to be extremely rich in nutrition. Heart plays a vital role in living creatures as a part of the immune system as its cells are necessary for immune function and bone growth. A Harvard study even showed that some people with autoimmune disorders experienced relief from symptoms when drinking bone broth, with some achieving complete remission. 

5. Common Cold & Flu

Bone broth is also an excellent remedy for acute illnesses such as colds and flu. If you’re fighting a cold, make a warm bone broth soup that’s spicy with plenty of pepper. The spices will release watery fluids in your mouth, throat, and lungs, which will help thin the respiratory mucus, so it’s easier to expel. Bone broth also contains a variety of valuable nutrients in a form your body can quickly absorb and use — not to mention, it’s also great for when your appetite is weak from being sick.

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