The Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone Broths are one of the most nutritious meals you can get. A bone broth can provide the body with an abundance of nutrients that work to increase the body’s natural ability to heal internally. Bone broths contain many nutrients including minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins and enzymes in forms that your body can easily absorb and utilize.

Bone marrow is traditionally used in many cultures for its health benefits in improving many conditions and ailments. It is one of the most common remedies for repairing gut lining, improving brain function, maintaining healthy bones and joints, supporting the immune system, nourishing the reproductive system and speeding up the healing process. Bone marrow is just one of many nourishing sources of nutrients in a bone broth that contributes to making it such a powerful healer and protector.

Bone broth can be made with many types of bones. We tend to alternate between beef and chicken. When we use beef bones we use a mix of marrow bones and bones with a little meat on them such as beef neck and oxtail (depending on what our butcher has available). When we use chicken we generally get a whole chicken to roast for dinner and use the carcass and whatever meat is left on it in a broth for the following day/night.

A study conducted by Nebraska Medical Centre found that specific nutrients that were produced when making chicken broth reduced inflammation in the respiratory system and improved digestion. Research is also proving bone broth to boost the immune system and significantly improve asthma, allergies, joint paint, arthritis and many more conditions when consumed regularly.

The following are just some of the benefits linked to bone broths when consumed regularly.

1. Anti-inflammatory

The collagen in bone marrow is known for its benefits in connective tissue repair, regenerating the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and reducing inflammation. Bone Broth can significantly improve and reduce the progression of conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease, gluten intolerance, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome to name a few. This highly nutritious meal also provides the body with additional essential nutrients which supports the immune system and potentially speeds up the healing process.

2. Strengthens the Immune System

Bone Broths provide an abundance of nutrients which work to strengthen the immune system. Your immune system has many levels of defense and our first level of defense is to prevent “foreign invaders” for example a virus from entering in the first place. This level is guarded by “soldiers” on our skin, in our mucous membranes and body fluids such as our saliva. If the virus gets through our first layer of protection then our body activates a complex system which sets specific white blood cells out to detect the invaders to “swallow” them up. These white blood cells can become overwhelmed allowing the virus to replicate and multiply. Bone marrow contains myeloid and lymphoid stem cells which are the foundations for red and white blood cells, in addition to building immunity, they assist with blood clotting and help provide oxygen to cells. A strong, healthy immune system can fight off colds/flu if exposed to “foreign invaders” and reduce the duration and severity if they’ve managed to “invade”. A strong immune system can also significantly improve and prevent allergies, asthma and skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.

3. Improve Skin Health & Appearance

Bone broths provide many nutrients and minerals that can enhance the appearance of your skin. Collagen is just one of the many nutrients in a bone broth which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite by strengthening connective tissue, improving the elasticity of the skin helping to tighten the skin.

4. Supports Bone Strength

The minerals in bone broth support bone strength, growth, and density. This is important throughout different stages of life such as:

  • Pregnancy – Due to the high demand in specific nutrients during pregnancy, bone broth is a perfect meal to incorporate weekly to supply easily absorbable nutrients such as calcium to support growth & development of bub as well as to protect mums nutrient levels from being “zapped”.
  • Children – To ensure healthy growth and development, bone broths can support bone density and strength through this rapid stage of growth.
  • Menopause – Throughout the stages of menopause estrogen levels drop significantly which increases the risk of developing osteoporosis and reduced bone density. Bone Broths can provide the minerals essential in supporting bone density and a number of common symptoms experienced through menopause.

5. Supports Fertility & Reproductive Health

If you are planning on conceiving in the future or if you’re having trouble conceiving then bone broths can be a great addition to a preconception/fertility health plan. Planning to have a baby is a very important time to think about your health and the health of your partner. Creating a wonderfully healthy and balanced environment internally is the best way to support your reproductive system and ensure your baby has the healthiest environment to grow and develop. Bone broth provides an abundance of biocompatible, easily absorbed nutrients which create health and balance. These nutrients can also help to improve sperm quality, motility, and quantity.

If you are trying for a baby and it’s taking a little longer than you expected, or if you’d like some information on promoting your health during the preconception period please contact me via email and we can have a chat about your concerns. 

6. Promotes Detoxing

To detox, we need to support our eliminatory pathways such as the skin, kidneys, bowel, lymph and the liver. The nutrients in bone broth, when cooked properly, can regenerate damaged liver cells, support the eliminatory pathways and systems and increase the body’s ability to rid itself of toxins and detoxify.

Check out my Nourishing Bone Broth recipe here

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