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BF 101: To Your Health

Benefits of Bone Broth

pot of bone broth in the making

For centuries, cultures around the world have praised the benefits of bone broth. When slow simmered for 6-48 hours, the bones unlock collagen, vitamins, and minerals that are otherwise hard to find.

Oh, and did we mention that it’s delicious? Bone broth elevates soups, pastas, legumes, and grains. It’s even tasty all by itself as a grab-and-go drink!

Here’s a look at some of bone broth’s benefits:

The Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone broth is packed with protein and amino acids

Low in calories and high in protein (about 10g per cup), bone broth is a quick, surefire way to get your daily intake of amino acids and other essential nutrients. These organic compounds are vital for both muscle recovery and energy, especially if you’re working out regularly. We don’t suggest leaning on bone broth as your only protein source, but it can help you reach your daily protein needs.

Bone broth is a natural sleep aid

Research has shown that glycine, an amino acid found in bone broth, can give you a better night’s rest and help fight fatigue the next day. Some studies also suggest that glycine can even improve memory function.

Bone broth is great for the gut

Bone broth isn’t just easy to digest – it can aid in digesting other foods, too! Loaded with gelatin, bone broth helps restore the strength of gut lining and supports the growth of probiotics. All together, that means a healthier gut and lower inflammation levels in the digestive tract.

Bones are rich in vitamins and minerals

Bones are packed with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and a laundry list of nutrients that are otherwise lacking in our diets. Since you don’t want to eat bones (we hope), you can get some of those benefits with bone broth.

Bone broth may also offer iron, zinc, selenium, B1, and vitamins A, D, and K, depending on how long it’s brewed. Stocks, which are cooked for a shorter time and with fewer bones, can’t compete in that category.

mug of broth with scallions

It’s mighty in collagen

The gelatin in bone broth breaks down into collagen, which is essential to our joint health. Pressure and pain come with age, but collagen can help turn back the clock by building cartilage and fighting inflammation.

More good news – it has beauty benefits, too! Over time, collagen loss leads to thinner hair, saggier skin, and nails that can break easily. With bone broth, you can supplement your collagen and keep on looking marvelous.

Can I make bone broth at home?

With a slow cooker or a large stock pot, making your own bone broth couldn’t be easier!

You won’t have to dig too deep to find bones – you can use the leftovers from a whole roasted chicken or a beef roast. Or, you can buy bones and cartilage from your butcher (Bonus points if you score grass-fed & pasture-raised).

Now, it’s time to brew the broth. Add bones and cartilage to a large stock pot and cover with water (about 1 gallon, give or take). Also add 1 ounce vinegar (this helps break down the collagen). Add salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer and cover for 12 hours, until broth is reduced by half. Safely store in your fridge for 5 days or add to glass food storage containers and freeze for up to 6 months.

And, voilà! Just like that, you have an ancient drink with modern day benefits. 

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