Bone broth is a deliciously rich, clear liquid made from animal bones being simmered in water for many hours. It is used as stock in soups, gravies, and sauces. Additionally, it has also become increasingly popular to drink on its own.
The difference between a broth and a stock lies mainly in the amount of time it has simmered. The longer the liquid cooks, the more nutrients and minerals leach from the bones. Broths are made by simmering the bones and some meat of an animal or fish for a very long time, often more than 24 hours, versus a stock which can finish cooking in a few.
Bones from healthy, pasture raised animals are filled with a rich array of powerful nutrients. The extra-long bone broth cooking process extracts collagen, minerals and amino acids found deep within the animal bones, making bone broth a source of multiple health benefits.
Bone Broth Health Benefits
Bone Broth Supports Gut Health
The collagen found in the broth helps heal the lining of your digestive system and combat inflammation Bone broth is a rich source of glutamine, an amino acid that supports improved digestion and better gut health. Bone broth can be particularly beneficial for people with digestive conditions such as leaky gut syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.
Bone Broth Enhances Immune Function
Your grandmother was right, home-made chicken soup will heal many ills. Bone broth provides micro-nutrients, important amino acids and minerals that improves overall immune system function, supports the liver and kidneys, and keeps you strong in the fight against common colds, flus and even more serious illnesses like heart disease.
Bone Broth Is A Source Of Electrolytes & Micronutrients
Micro-nutrients are essential vitamins and minerals that play a vital role in maintaining good health. These include Vitamins A, C, and B.
Electrolytes maintain the balance of fluid in your body, stimulate muscle contractions, and transmit nerve signals.
Bone broth contains essential electrolytes including:
Bone broth can help prevent dehydration and fatigue. This is why bone broth is recommended for people with low electrolyte levels due to diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive sweating,
Bone Broth Is A Source Of Amino Acids
Bone broth is a rich source of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. A study of both human and animal studies found animal protein is easier to digest and a richer source of essential amino acids compared to plant-based protein. The amino acids in bone broth are very easily absorbed by your body to help build muscles, tissues, and bones. The primary amino acids in bone broth are arginine, glutamate, hydroxyproline, proline, alanine, and glycine
Bone Broth Protects Bones & Joints
One of the benefits of drinking bone broth is that it helps support joint health as it contains glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin. These are natural compounds that are released from the cartilage and connective tissues found in animal bones when simmered for a long time.
Collagen is the main protein in structural and connective tissues like skin, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Its fibrous structure gives these parts of the body their shape, strength, and elasticity.
The collagen in bone broth also protects joints from age-related deterioration. Bone broth contains calcium, which is a mineral known for maintaining strong bones and preventing age related bone loss.
Bone Broth Improves Skin, Hair & Nails
With age, collagen levels naturally decrease which leads to wrinkles and sagging skin. Drinking collagen-rich bone broth can help replenish collagen levels and has become known as an effective way to maintain skin elasticity, skin health, and healthy aging.
Collagen also supports strengthening hair and nails from the inside out, keeping you looking and feeling your best.
Bone Broth Reduces Inflammation
Chondroitin sulfate is a structural component of cartilage and has been found to improve inflammatory conditions. Bone broth also contains large amounts of the amino acids glycine and proline, both of which are extremely anti-inflammatory.
Bone Broth Promotes Sound Sleep
Consuming gelatin before bed helps induce sleep because of the amino acid glycine. Glycine plays an important role in the neurotransmitters within the brain. So not only will sipping on some bone broth improve your sleep quality, but it will also help reduce daytime sleepiness and improve your memory during waking hours.
Bone Broth Aids Weight Loss & Supports Weight Management
Research supports eating a high-protein diet (1.2 to 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day) to support weight loss and manage weight. This translates to approximately 25 to 30 grams of protein at each meal. The protein content of bone broth supports weight loss and management and will help you fuller for longer.
Bone broth can also help decrease body fat by curbing cravings, increasing satiety, and providing essential nutrients for a healthy metabolism. In addition, the collagen content of bone broth may be beneficial for reducing belly fat. As such, drinking bone broth on a regular basis may be a great way to support your overall health while promoting sustainable, decreased body weight goals.
Bone Broth Assists With Liver Detoxification
The liver is responsible for removing toxins from the body. It is often overburdened from the toxic and chemical nature of the modern world. The amount of available glycine plays an important role in the liver’s ability to eliminate these toxins effectively. Including Glycine-rich bone broth in your daily routine is a strong ally in detoxification support.
Enjoying Bone Broth
Here at Pete’s Real Food we’ve done all the work for you. The key to making the best broth is in the ingredients along with some time and patience. Pete’s Real Food makes the best bone broth with bones from humanely raised animals, organic vegetables and herbs and filtered water, perfectly seasoned and lovingly simmered, ensuring the final product is as pure and flavorful as it is packed full of vitamins, minerals and gelatin.
Our bone broth is slowly simmered for your sipping and cooking pleasure. Each cup is packed with all the beneficial nutrients that make bone broth an important part of your healthy diet plan.