I love bone broth. Like, drink it every single day kinda love. It has been such an instrumental tool in healing my gut and improving my ADHD and brain fog.
Not only does it consist of mainly protein, it also is a powerhouse of nutrients, minerals, and amino acids that our body needs to function optimally and age gracefully.
So what exactly is bone broth?
Bone broth is a type of stock that is made from animal bones, connective tissues, and other unused parts of an animal, such as the feet or neck.
If you cook in any capacity, you have probably seen stocks and broths lining the grocery store shelves. Typically, stocks and broths are prepared for their flavor as a base for soups, stews, and sauces, and the nutritional content isn't considered.
Unlike broth for culinary purposes, bone broth is prepared specifically to extract amino acids, gelatin, nutrients, and minerals.
Why would you want to drink bone broth?
Bone broth is one of the single most gut-healing foods.
When the broth simmers, collagenous protein breaks down into gelatin, which has amino acids that our body utilizes to make collagen.
Due to the high gelatin content, bone broth helps to soothe and repair the intestinal lining and can benefit those who struggle with leaky gut and conditions associated with leaky gut.
Bone broth is anti-inflammatory thanks to amino acids like glycine and arginine and can be beneficial to those who have chronic inflammation.
Bone broth is an excellent source of collagen and chondroitin sulfates, which are building blocks of cartilage. Because collagen production plummets and cartilage degrades as we age, supplementing with bone broth can help to support joint health. Glucosamine is an abundant amino sugar in bone broth and, alongside chondroitin, is often sold as a supplement to help treat arthritis and joint pain. Consuming bone broth is an easy and more natural way to reap the benefits of these amino sugars + get all the other great minerals and nutrients that bone broth has to offer.
The glycine content in bone broth can also make for a better night's sleep. Studies have shown that glycine promotes restful sleep, decreases the time it takes to fall asleep, and has an overall calming effect on the body.
Are you a bone broth fan? I wanna hear all your stories about how bone broth has helped you on your hearth journey!
As always, happy healing!