Bone broth has been touted as a superfood (or souperfood? sorry, I’ll show myself out) for a few years now, and the hype shows no sign of dying down anytime soon. We here at Spud have been carrying premade bone broth as well as soup bones (which are so popular we can hardly keep them in stock – no pun intended that time, I swear). But what exactly is it? And what are it’s supposed benefits?
What is Bone Broth?
Essentially bone broth is a hybrid between broth and stock but cooked for a much longer time (up to 24 hours versus 4-6 hours for stock, or as little as 45 minutes for broth) . The reason for the longer cooking time is to extract all the gelatin from the bones, as well as releasing collagen, glucosamine, amino acids, electrolytes, calcium, and more. Bone broth is then strained and can be added to soups and stews to add nutritional density, or can be drunk alone as a side to any meal.
Bone Broth Benefits
Renowned for having healing properties, health gurus are attributing a ton of anti-inflammatory benefits associated with bone broth, which become helpful in treating gut and other health issues. Read on to get the full low down on the many healing benefits of this tasty soup base, and make sure you check out our recipe for how to make your own bone broth!
1. Relieves leaky gut syndrome.
Those suffering from leaky gut syndrome–rejoice! The gelatin found in just one cup of broth a day is said to work wonders on leaky gut syndrome, helping to seal leaks in intestines, curing chronic diarrhea, relieving constipation, and some food intolerances.
2. Protects your joints.
Achy joints? Bone broth is filled with proteins which help to strengthen your skeletal system and give your body the raw materials it needs to rebuildyour connective tissue, especially tendons and ligaments. Many people take glucosamine supplements for joint pain but you can get the same benefits from simply drinking broth.
3. Will give you a healthy glow.
Ever seen products boasting ‘added collagen’ for healthier looking skin? You can receive these same benefits from bone broth, which is a rich source of collagen. After drinking broth regularly, get ready for healthier hair, skin, and nails.
4. Better sleep, and improved memory.
Glycine in broth made from bones has inhibitory neurotransmitters, which help you relax. Glycine has also been shown to help with sleep, memory, and can be used as a natural treatment to reduce insomnia.
5. Boosts immunity.
The amino acids in bone broth such as arginine, glutamine, and cysteine have been shown to boost immunity and ward off illnesses.
6. Stronger bones.
Studies have shown that the necessary nutrients for bone health include an adequate supply of calcium, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, manganese, copper, boron, iron, vitamin A, D, K, C, and B. And guess what? Broth made with vegetables and meat or fish provides a good source of all these vitamins and minerals!
Glycine gives your liver a turbo boost in removing anything dangerous from the body, and is also necessary for synthesizing glutathione and uric acid, the body’s most important endogenous antioxidants.
8. Builds and repairs muscle.
The amino acids in this broth help to stimulate muscle protein synthesis, which is essential for muscle growth, repair, and maintenance of skeletal muscle groups. Studies have also shown that liquids with carbohydrates and electrolytes, like a bone broth simmered with vegetables, outperform water when it comes to restoring exercise capacity.
9. Aids in digestion.
The glycine in bone broth stimulates the production of stomach acid. When you don’t have enough stomach acid, your food sits in your stomach half digested, and the pressure from your stomach being so full can force acid up into your esophagus. Glycine can help to prevent or treat this painful problem, and is an immense relief to those experiencing acid reflux or IBS.