8 Reasons to Try Bone Broth

Written by Jordan

April 8, 2016

 

From a healthy gut to stronger and healthier skin, hair and nails, there are many benefits to consuming bone broth.

Traditional foods such as cultured dairy, cultured vegetables, bone broth and stocks have been consumed for thousands of years because they contain incredible health benefits. Bone broth or stock was a way our ancestors honoured the whole animal. They used the parts they couldn’t eat directly such as the bones, ligaments, bone marrow, tendons and feet, and boiled them in water over a period of days.

By simmering these parts of the animal in water, compounds like collagen, gelatin, amino acids, vitamins and minerals are released into the liquid to provide a nutrient dense liquid called bone broth. Bone broths have been used as the staple or base for many traditional and cultural dishes because they are rich in natural flavour, easy to digest, easy to make, economical and they boost healing within the body.

Here are the top 8 reasons why you should drink bone broth:

1.  Heals leaky gut

The gelatin contained in bone broth helps to heal, seal and soothe the gut lining and in doing so can be very helpful for reducing intestinal inflammation, reversing leaky gut syndrome and other digestive problems.

2.  Aids sleep

The amino acid, glycine, found in bone broth helps people to sleep better and also improves memory and brain function.

3.  Immune booster

The gelatin and collagen contained in broth supports gut health and its high amino acid profile helps to reduce inflammation. It’s also rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds such as glutamine, glycine, proline and collagen.

4.  Nutrient absorption

Broth is a wonderful source of bio-available nutrients in an easy to digest form and it also enhances the absorption of nutrients from other foods.

5.  Supports skin, nails, hair, teeth and joint health

Broth is rich in collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates and other compounds which support skin, nail, hair, teeth and joint health. It helps to support the connective tissue in your body and helps your nails and hair to grow well and strong.

6.  Aids detoxification

The glycine in bone broth can aid the cells to detoxify from chemicals and toxins. The livers ability to detox toxins from your body is dependant on the amount of glycine available in the diet.

7.  Supports adrenal health

When we have stress in our lives, our bodies, mind and the adrenals can become overworked and undernourished. By consuming bone broth, it provides the adrenal glands with the support and nourishment they need.

8.  It’s economical

It’s very inexpensive and a great way to utilise old vegetables or vegetable scraps that you’ve saved, leftover roast chicken carcasses or meat bones. You can also purchase grass-fed bones from your local butcher for a really great price.

For more information on the benefits of bone broth, check out this infographic from Cognitune:

To find out how to make your own bone broth, see Bone broth – a nutritious drink.

If you still feel as though you’re not ready to make it yourself, you’re short of time, travel a lot or prefer to have something that’s a little more convenient, then a dehydrated broth is the best solution for you.

Dehydrated broth can make a nutritious hot broth drink by mixing a teaspoon of the dehydrated broth into a cup of hot water. It also has many other uses as it can be added to many savoury dishes such as stews, curries, scrambled eggs, sauces, dips, casseroles, meatballs, rissoles, gravies, dukkah and as a marinade mix. It can also be sprinkled over meat and vegetables as well.

The great news is Changing Habits have created a range of dehydrated broths in 3 flavours – beef, naked beef and chicken. These convenient broths are now available in our online shop.

Jordan Pie
Nutritionist & Certified GAPS Practitioner

April 2016

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9 Comments

  1. Imogen Watson

    Hi Jordan,
    Can you please explain how bone broth supports adrenal health. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Jordan Pie

      Hi Imogen, of course 🙂
      Under stressful situations the body requires more minerals, nutrients and amino acids which can be provided to the body from both bone broth and gelatin. Bone broth and Gelatin have been found to help rejuvenate organs such as the adrenals as it helps the body to deal with stress easier.

      Reply
  2. Elizabeth Mellor

    Hi Jordan. What is the optimum daily amount of broth ideal for healing leaky gut?
    Thank

    Reply
    • Jordan Pie

      Hi Elizabeth,
      It really depends on the individual. However, aiming for 1-2 cups per day or even using our dehydrated broth powder in recipes/ meals is a great place to start 🙂

      Reply
  3. Fiona

    Just made a big batch this weekend in the slow cooker over 24 hours. Put most in containers to freeze, but added some carrots, celery, salt & pepper to the last little bit & let it cook a bit longer. Made a delicious soup & even my very picky daughter loved it.

    Reply
    • Jordan Pie

      Sounds absolutely delicious Fiona 🙂

      Reply
  4. R

    How often/long do I need to eat this to repair gut? & apart from this do I just eat normally? Thanks

    Reply
    • Jordan Pie

      Hi there Bellamia,
      I would recommend consuming bone broth daily if you can 🙂

      Reply
  5. Patricia Collins

    Thank you so much for the information!

    Reply

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