Bone broth has been a staple in many cultures for eons. In Chinese Medicine bone broth is used to improve energy, fertility, metabolism, the nervous system and support the adrenals. Bone marrow specifically is considered a brain tonic, meaning that it improves the functioning of our brains.
My top 5 reasons for making and drinking bone broth are….drum roll please!
1. It’s great for your bones. As the bones are cooked they release calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other trace minerals into the broth. These minerals are what we need to build new bone cells. If you have a broken bone or have osteoporosis bone broth should be part of your daily routine.
2. It repairs joints. Gelatin and chondroitin sulfate are the building blocks of joints, tendons and ligaments. These are readily available in bone broth, especially when you use bones that have a good amount of joint tissue on them. Sure you can buy expensive osteoarthritis supplements but why not save some cash and get the additional benefits from making your own bone broth!
3. It heals the digestive tract. Bone broth is a great natural source of collagen. Collagen protects and soothes the lining of the digestive tract making it an important component in healing conditions like leaky gut, IBS, colitis, etc. Gelatin in bone broth also promotes probiotic growth.
4. Maintains healthy skin. Collagen helps to form elastin and other compounds that are essential for the tone and texture of our skin. As we age our collagen-elastin matrix breaks down resulting in fine lines and wrinkles as well as a loss of tone and firmness. Bone broth can strengthen are sin, hair and nails!
5. Builds a stronger immune system. The bone marrow in bone broth help our bodies build new white cells which are responsible for our immune system and handling infections. Additionally, since much of our immune system comes from our gut having good gut health leads to a strong immune system.
Bone broth seems to be having a modern day resurgence. I hear that folks in New York City stand in line to purchase cups of bone broth just like they do for coffee. The good news is that if you don’t live in New York City you can make it at home! Sweet Beet and Green Bean is a blog by an acupuncturist in Los Angeles. I just love her blog and she has a great write up on how to make your own bone broth. Why recreate the wheel when she has done it so beautifully? Check it out here.
One super important note for making your own bone broth: you MUST use bone from animals that had no antibiotics, growth hormones or GMO feed. Animals should be pasture raised and not be grain fed, especially cows which should graze on grass. You can read more about this at the link above.
Once you get in the routine bone broth is super easy to make. I freeze the extra in mason jars so I always have some on hand. Warm up a cup in the morning and start your day off right!