From the beginning of time (well, at least since there’s been fire), man has been eating bone broth. Bone soup goes back to ancient cultures around the world. It has been used as a remedy for the sick, weak and convalescent.
It is recommend everyone make bone broth and incorporate it into your dietary routine. One of its most classic uses is treatment for colds and flu. Bone soup, also called bone broth, ‘paye ka soup’ or ‘kharode ka shorba’, or soup stock, is made by boiling animal bones in water with a little bit of vinegar.
The valuable nutrients are literally leached out of the bone marrow. After two to 48 hours of simmering, the liquid retained and the bones discarded. Cartilage found in animal joint areas such as chicken feet, beef or lamb knuckles, trachea and ribs, hooves and skin, tend to yield the most nutritious broth. It contains cartilage (gelatine), bone marrow, amino acids and minerals. The end ingredient is a broth that contains all the valuable nutrients that are found in animal bones.
Bone broth promotes strength and nourishes, specially in times of sickness, injury, rehabilitation, and helps to prevent bone and connective tissue disorders. It can be digested easily and due to its unsurpassed flavour and body it serves as the base for many recipes including soup, sauces and gravy. Bone broth contains a high quantity of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sulfur, fluoride, sodium and potassium. These minerals can promote not only bone health but also support intestinal healing, help in calcium- or- magnesium-deficiency-related insomnia, irritability, fatigue and anxiety.
Bone broth from cartilage is source of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Collagen is a protein found in the body that provides strength and flexibility to skin, hair and nails. Collagen is also an essential component of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, bones. When combined with hyaluronic acid, as it is in bone broth, it helps to improve the appearance of the skin, promote wound and injury healing, protect connective tissue, and strengthen bone cartilage. In addition, collagen helps in healing the gut and helps promote immunity. It is useful to treat inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut syndrome, dysbiosis and candidiasis.
Bone broth is also a rich source of chondroitin sulfate, which has an anti-inflammatory effect and has been found to help alleviate joint pain. It may also help to improve blood circulation and it contains anticoagulant properties. Glycine and proline are particularly important amino acids (elements of protein) present in bone broth. Glycine manufactures glucose, supports digestion by enhancing stomach acid secretion. Glycine is also a neurotransmitter that improves sleep and memory. Interestingly, broths are useful in fasting and cleansing programmes. During fasting, because little or no food or energy source is consumed, protein tissues such as muscle often break down. Broth glycine limits or prevents degeneration and aids the detoxification process.
10 Benefits of Bone Broth are as follows:-
1. It heals a leaky gut.
The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients.
2. Fights infections such as colds and flu.
A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms.
3. Reduces joint pain and inflammation.
The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation.
4. Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails.
The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong.
5. Helps with bone formation, growth and repair.
The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair.
6. Saves you money.
Homemade bone broth is cheaper and healthier than store bought.
7. Super easy to make.
All you need is a crockpot. Throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and it cooks while you sleep.
8. Healthier than buying supplements.
Homemade bone broth contains all nutrients and minerals found in bones and tendons rather than just one or two found in pills. Slow cooking preserves the nutrients better than the high heat extraction used to make supplements.
9. Fights inflammation.
Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.
10. Promotes sleep and calms the mind.
The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming.