So what is this new ‘trend’, this magic elixir, ‘bone broth’?

“What? Ew. Why? What?”

Pump the brakes.  It’s pretty simple really.  Bone broth is just dressed-up stock.  You can make it with any animal bones — beef, chicken, turkey, whatever…

The truth is, it’s nothing new.  Bone broth has been a staple since the beginning of time.  Bone broth, or stock, was a way in which our ancestors made use of every part of an animal.  Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly, can be boiled and simmered over a period of time, (for optimal benefit this must be at least 24 hours), to release the healing compounds such as proteins proline, glycine, and glutamine, that have the magical powers that we all seek.

Proline:

  • Helps regenerate cartilage and heal joints
  • Reduces cellulite and makes skin more supple
  • Helps repair leaky gut

Glycine:

  • Prevents breakdown of protein tissue like muscle
  • Used to make bile salts and glutathione
  • Helps detoxify the body of chemicals and acts as an antioxidant
  • Is a neurotransmitter that improves sleep and improves memory and performance

Glutamine:

  • Protects gut lining
  • Metabolic fuel for cells in small intestine
  • Improves metabolism and muscle building

Real collagen is the source of bone broth’s immune-boosting powers.  It is found in the connective tissue of vertebrate animals.   Your bone broth will become increasingly gelatenous as it cools. The breakdown of collagen is what produces gelatin which:

  • Helps people with food allergies and sensitivities tolerate those foods including cow’s milk and gluten
  • Protects and soothes the lining of the digestive tract and can aid in healing IBS, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and acid reflux
  • Promotes probiotic balance and growth
  • Helps break down proteins and soothes the gut lining. It may prove to be therapeutic for leaky gut syndrome and the autoimmune disorders that accompany it
  • Provides bone-building minerals in easily absorbable ways, preventing bone loss and reducing joint pain

Bone marrow itself is the densest source known for the fat soluble vitamins K, A, E, and D. Boiling releases these vitamins into a liquid that is easily digested. And the list goes on forever…

To be clear, this is far from an exhaustive list of the health benefits associated with bone broth, but extensive enough that you can see that yes, the hype is substantiated.

So is bone broth a trend?  No. Trendy?  Maybe.  Regardless, it’s here to stay.  And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Check back next week and I’ll provide you with some tips and tricks on how to make the perfect bone broth so you too can begin to enjoy the benefits of this unicorn tear laden goodness.

Have a fantastic weekend and as always, sending you all so much love and light. 😉 xo

 

Cheers,

Roberta J Gizen BHK, CPT, PN1