The Low Down on Bone Broth
Other cultures have been using it for years and finally we are getting on board with bone broth – maybe your grandmother was right when she told you it was ok to suck on the bones from your meat. When you read about bone broth you’d be forgiven for thinking you are about to drink from the fountain of youth.
It claims so many healing and health benefits including improving joint problems and bone health, healing IBS and gut issues, chronic inflammation and is even anti-ageing.
So what exactly is bone broth and is it all fact or fiction?
Bone broth is made by boiling the cooked bones of meat (beef, chicken, pork, lamb, fish etc) in water, with the addition of acid (such as vinegar) and if desired, vegetables, herbs and spices – basically similar to making your own stock, but cooked for longer, say simmering for 24-48hrs to reap the full nutritional benefits of the bones.
Not sure about you – but who has that amount of time to literally watch a pot boil, so luckily Bioglan have done the hard work for your with their Collagen Bone Broth Powder. It can be added to soups or stews as a stock base, but most conveniently can replace a cup of tea of coffee for a warming nutritious treat.
Now to the benefits; By boiling the bones, all the nutrients in the bones (along with the nutrients of the vegetables, herbs and spices you may have chosen to cook with it) are in the liquid you are going to drink or use in a soup or stew, thus you consume these nutrients and enhance your health.
Same as human bones, animal bones contain many important minerals including calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Consuming the liquid then helps to replenish your stores and helps support bone strength and health.
A key component of bone broth is collagen – the main structural protein found in connective tissue and skin. Collagen is the main component of cartilage which is found between bones, and it what has worn away in joint pain conditions like osteoarthritis. By consuming more you could be helping alleviate joint pain.
The gelatin in animal bones may have soothing and healing effects on the gut. The gelatin in a way ‘seals’ the holes in leaky gut syndrome and in this way can help alleviate symptoms on diarrhoea, constipation and other gut issues.
More and more research is showing our immune system starts in our gut and with good gut health. With the benefits bone broth has to gut health, as well as its anti-inflammatory properties and the fact it’s so nutrient dense, it is also a great immune booster.
Back to the fact bone broth contains collagen, it could be that anti-aging elixir we have been searching for. All connective issue is make up of collagen. This includes hair, skin and nails. More collagen help improve the elasticity and firmness of connective tissue. By assisting in firmness and elasticity of the skin, this can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, thus achieving a more youthful look!