What’s the Big Deal Behind Bone Broth, Anyway?

As far as health food trends go, bone broth has seen its profile rise in the last few years. Wondering what the fuss is about? Here’s a breakdown of where bone broth gets its hype.

It’s Densely Packed With Health-Promoting Nutrients

Bone broth features a roster of nutrients that promote both targeted support of different functions in the body as well as overall wellness. The benefits of this nutritional profile include but are not limited to the following:

  • It supports the immune system: Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and also contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine, and proline; these properties help the body protect against leaky gut. (When your intestinal lining is constantly damaged due to reoccurring leaky gut, damaged cells called microvilli become unable to process and utilize the nutrients and enzymes that are vital to proper digestion. Bone broth helps prevent and manage leaky gut symptoms.)
  • It protects your joints: Bone broth is a natural source of glutamine, a nutrient that helps fortify your joints and reduce pain. Another joint-supporting substance in bone broth is chondroitin sulfate (which can be found in human connective tissue).
  • It promotes healthy bones: Bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium and other nutrients that play an important role in bone formation.
  • It acts as an anti-inflammatory: Amino acids are the building blocks of protein; in addition to playing this important role, bone broth’s profile of amino acids—including glycine, proline and arginine—also have anti-inflammatory effects.
  • It encourages collagen production: Bone broth itself is a great source of collagen while also containing natural gelatin and the amino acids proline, lysine and glycine—these are essential to collagen production. More collagen means you fewer fine lines and smoother skin.

Easy Bone Broth Recipe

Ingredients

4–6 pounds of bones (beef, lamb, pork, chicken, veal, marrow, knuckles, feet)

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

14 cups water

6–8 cups of vegetables (carrots, onions, celery and/or any other veggies you typically use in broth)

Herbs as desired

Salt and pepper as desired

Method

Place bones in a pot or slow cooker.

Add apple cider vinegar and water and let the mixture sit for 1 hour so the vinegar can leech the minerals out of the bones.

If needed, add more water to cover the bones.

Add vegetables, herbs, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Over time as it forms, skim the scum from the top and discard. Simmer for 8 hours or more.