Bone broth (aka bone stock) is nothing new. For centuries, cultures around the world have used the bones, bone marrow, and hooves from animals to make hearty soups or gravies. Initially, people made these soups because they were simple, filling, and economical. Today, however, this broth is celebrated as a superfood.
Although there’s still a lot of research to be done, the studies we now have suggest this broth has many impressive health benefits. Some of bone stock’s most devout supporters follow the equally trendy Paleo and keto diets. Let’s take a peek at some of the science-based benefits you could expect after incorporating bone stock into your diet.
1. Sensational Skin
One of the most popular reasons people try bone stock is to get rid of wrinkles. That’s right, bone stock has the ability to naturally tighten the skin. The reason for this has to do with bone stock’s high content of the protein collagen, which essential for elastin production. Elastin is responsible for keeping skin tight and reducing cellulite. A recent study out of the University of Kiel proved that people who ate more collagen had greater skin elasticity. So, if you want an easy way to keep your skin youthful, brew a cup of this broth every morning.
2. Glorious Gut
Bone stock is often recommended to people who are suffering from serious gut disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and Chron’s. A major reason this broth is often included in “gut-friendly” diets like GAPS has to do with its high gelatin content. Doctors believe this gelatin helps to gently push food through the gut. One amino acid found in gelatin called l-glutamine is particularly good at repairing the gut’s inner lining. Indeed, many people who want to repair their gut’s mucosal lining will go on a “bone stock fast.” Even if you don’t have a gut disorder, adding bone stock to your diet can help prevent your digestive system from future damage.
3. Amazing Anti-Inflammation Properties
Many of the amino acids present in bone stock have been proven to have incredible anti-inflammatory effects on the body. One of the most beneficial anti-inflammatory amino acids in bone stock is known as l-glycine. It’s currently theorized that l-glycine helps the body fight against pro-inflammatory free radicals. This is done by stimulating the liver to produce an antioxidant known as glutathione. Another healthy amino acid present in bone stock is l-arginine. L-arginine has been shown to be particularly beneficial for women who are overweight.
Of course, the less inflammation in your body, the lower your risk for developing serious health conditions down the road. One cup of this broth every day is a great way to keep chronic inflammation at bay.
4. For A Soothing Sleep
Although it’s not often discussed in the press, some doctors believe bone stock could be helpful for people who suffer sleep disorders like insomnia. The reason for this has to do with the amino acid l-glycine mentioned above. In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, many scientists believe l-glycine naturally helps the body unwind and fall into a deeper state of sleep. So, anyone suffering from conditions like insomnia should consider drinking a glass of this soup a few hours before bed.
How To Make Bone Stock At Home
As you can see, there are many ways this soup can supercharge your health. Even the busiest of people could easily prepare a pot of this broth every week.
If you’re really pressed for time, just combine three pounds of bones with about a gallon of water and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in either in a stovetop pot or a crockpot. After this mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let the stock cook for at least 12 hours. When it’s cooled, run the liquids through a strainer into a Tupperware and store either in the fridge for up to five days in the freezer for months.
Of course, you could jazz up your bone stock by adding healthful veggies and spices. A few common additions to this soup include onions, garlic, carrots, and oregano, but feel free to add whatever suits your taste buds!