Up until fairly recently, very few people had probably heard about bone broth or even knew what it was. But now everyone is talking about or sampling these marrow-rich stocks made from the boiling of meat bones, herbs and vegetables.
And there are some very good reasons for this. Not only is this a very satisfying and delicious treat, this bone broth can offer some significant health benefits as well. Below is a discussion of the main reasons why this simple and old-timey soup has so many people – from chefs to nutritionists – singing its praises.
Provides Essential Nutrients
This kind of old-fashioned broth dates back to a time when people did not live on pre-packaged foods. This broth is simple to make, but it is chuck-full of vitamins, minerals (like calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium) and other nutrients that can be woefully lacking in the modern American diet which places so much emphasis on nutrient poor convenience foods which fill up the stomach without really nourishing the body. This simple soup is definitely nourishing, which is likely why it appeals to so many people.
Supports Health Intestinal Function
People are becoming more and more aware of how important it is to have a healthy intestinal tract. Problems like a leaky gut can lead to chronic malnourishment and lack of essential nutrients which in turn can lead to problems like osteoporosis or anemia. This broth can help because of the gelatin it contains. The gelatin can help repair tears and damage to the delicate lining of the intestinal tract and make it easier for the body to absorb nutrients from the food that passes through it.
Eases Joint Pain
Apart from the gelatin and its amazing array of vitamins and minerals, bone broth has other important nutrients. These include chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, which are also used as supplements and are found in most health food stores. These are popular with the elderly and with anyone else who is suffering from inflammation or degeneration of the joints. These compounds are able to lubricate joints and decrease their inflammation, leading to a decrease in pain and stiffness and an increase in joint mobility. This is why it is such a good choice for arthritic patients.
Supports the Health of Hair, Skin and Nails
It’s not often people think of recipes like this on beauty web sites, but in this case, different variations of the bone broth recipe have been circling the Net on sites dedicated to those who want to look their best. This is because bone broth also contains high amounts of collagen, which in turn supports the health (and beauty) of hair, skin and nails.
For all these reasons, bone broth should be something that anyone who is interested in health or beauty checks out. These broths may look simple, but they are simply packed with nutrients and can help people with a variety of chronic health conditions only made worse by the nutrient-poor modern diet of processed food.
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