As you’ve probably heard recently, bone broth is very beneficial to you health. One of the benefits it gives you, is that it helps digestion, along with your heartburn. You may have realized that there are “Bone Broth Shops” popping up. That is because more people are realizing the benefit. Bone broth comes in many forms, so you get to choose based on what your palette likes. There is bone broth from fish, chicken, beef, and there is even bone broth powder!
With so many options to choose from, there are also some major benefits!
WHAT EXACTLY IS BONE BROTH? WHY CAN IT BENEFIT YOU?
Have you ever been fed chicken soup when you are feeling sick? You see cultures use bone broth as a staple of their diets. You may also see that it is a major part of diets other than vegan or vegetarian. It is commonly used because of broth is high in nutrients, easily digestible, increases healing, and is very tasty! Where can you get something so tasty, and so beneficial to you?
Bone broth came to be because of our paleo ancestors utilizing every part of an animal. Of the parts, you would most likely never eat are bones, bone marrow, feet, skin, ligaments and tendons, all can be made into broth via slow cooking or boiling.
This process releases collagen, proline, glutamine, and glycine from the bones and ligaments, all of which can benefit your digestion, and therefore you heartburn.
Glycine being one of the most important amino acids (building blocks for proteins) for digestion because it increases the secretion of gastric acid. It also is used for maintenance and growth of tissue. Proline (non-amino acid) helps with cellular regeneration, collagen building, and tissue repair. This was was reported by nutrition researchers Sally Fallon and Kaayla Daniel at the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Researchers from the Weston A. Price Foundation also said that bone broth contains important minerals which are easily absorbed: magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, sulphur, and silicon, to name a few. Magnesium being one of the most important because it is said to help with proper digestion.
IS IT OKAY TO BUY STORE-BOUGHT BROTH OR STOCK?
The same researchers mentioned that most store-bought stock and broth are not what the label says. Companies use man-made meat flavors in soup, sauces, and bouillon cubes. This leads us to obvious reasons that making bone broth yourself is where you get the real benefits
WHAT WAYS CAN I GET “REAL” BONE BROTH?
You can make it at home, with the recipes at the end. If you don’t have the resources, time, or unwilling to put the effort in, you can buy protein powder made from bone broth. This is very useful if you drink smoothies, and if you want to add some protein to your baked goods.
WHAT ARE OTHER BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH ARE THERE?
Since this is a blog about digestive relief, it was about primarily about that. So I am sure you are curious about other benefits, so here they are
1)May help with food intolerance’s
2)Increase in joint health
3) Increase immune system defenses
All systems in the body work together. Knowing that bone broth can increase the immune system defenses, also means that there is an increase in digestive system function.
BONE BROTH NUTRITION FACTS
Bone broth is “jam-packed” with vitamins:
-Over 18 “essential amino acids” and non-essential amino. Essential amino acids are something you need to get from the diet, because the body can’t produce them.
-Collagen and gelatin, both of which are good for gut integrity and joint strength
-Nutrients that are supportive of digestion, brain health, and immunity
-Low in calories/ high in vitamins and compounds
Compounds in Bone Broth
1) Hyaluronic Acid:
-helps by lubricating skin and other tissue (7)
-helps with joint strength (8)
3) Chondroitin Sulfate
-helps with joint health. (9)
4) Glycosaminoglycans (GAG)
-supports and maintains elastin and collagen
-also supports digestive health by
helping restore intestinal lining. Hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin
sulfate are GAG’s.
5) Electrolytes and Minerals (10)
a)Electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, silicone): helps with
digestive health, heart health, circulation, bone strength, nerve function
b)Minerals (phosphorus, calcium): helps by keeping bones strong and formation
of protein which is needed for building new tissue
-main structural protein in body
-helps keep strong tendons and ligaments
-helps with strengthen the wall of the gut, to prevent leaky gut
*gelatin protects the lining of the gut
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLLAGEN AND GELATIN?
After making your broth, and letting it chill, have you seen the layer on top. That is the gelatin, which is where you get A LOT of the benefits.
Collagen is a protein. There is a plethora of it in bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and marrow. Gelatin is produced when this collagen is broken down.
ARE THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE IN BONE BROTH?
Yes, amino acids, the building blocks of life are in bone broth. The ones included in bone broth are glutamine, proline, glycine, and arginine.
This is very beneficial and an easy way to start eating healthier, combating the effects of the Standard Western DIet (SAD).
GREAT, HOW CAN I GET THESE BENEFITS?
By making it at home! As previously mentioned, store bought broth doesn’t have many health benefits.
It is best to use as many parts of the animal as possible, it may be difficult to find a good variety of animal parts at a department grocery store. It is also important to buy animal products that are pasture-fed, antibiotic free, and hormone free, in order to get all benefits.
WHAT IS THE BEST, MOST SIMPLE RECIPE?
-1 to 2 LB bones (you can put meat in, but make sure you brown it
prior placing in slowcooker or oven-top pot)
-1 to 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar
-Filtered water so that all bones
-Your favorite vegetables
-Season to you liking
Cook slow on low heat, in crockpot or pot. Chicken bones for 24 hours. Beef bones for 48 hours
Discard the hard top that is from the cooling process
There are many benefits to the bone broth, that anyone can benefit. All the vitamins and minerals in bone broth are not part of the Standard American Diet (Diet).
Bone broth heals your gut. It also supports your overall health.
Aim for 1-2 cups daily. I drink a cup first thing after waking, and last thing I consume.
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