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Bone broth is not a new recipe. Humans have consumed it for its rich taste and abundant nutrition throughout the ages. It is a traditional remedy for the sick and weak across many cultures. However, in recent times, the humble bone broth has gained popularity as a health drink.

Stands to reason, as the easy-to-make recipe has many health benefits. It helps to keep inflammation, heart diseasediabetesmetabolic syndromeAlzheimer's diseasearthritis and many types of cancer at bay. And it keeps the joints healthy and reduces weakness in convalescing patients.

If you are still not convinced that you need to make this simple, delicious and healthful recipe for yourself and loved ones soon, read on.

  1. Bone broth improves digestion
  2. Bone broth for weight loss
  3. Bone broth improves joint health
  4. Bone broth benefits
  5. How to make bone broth
Made by stewing the knuckles, hooves, bones and connective tissue of animals like goat and buffalo in drinking water for several hours, bone broth is delicious, inexpensive and healthful.
  1. Bone broth contains many nutrients like:

Minerals

Calcium

Magnesium

Phosphorus

Iron

Zinc

Manganese

Selenium

Proteins (which come from cartilage)

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Vitamin K

Scientists have discovered that your overall health depends heavily on the health of your intestinal tract.

Not only is bone broth easy to digest, it may also aid in the digestion of other foods.

The gelatin found in bone broth naturally attracts and holds liquids. This is why properly prepared broth congeals in the fridge.

Gelatin can also bind to water in your digestive tract, which helps foods move through your gut more easily.

It has also been shown to protect and heal the mucosal lining of the digestive tract in rats. It is thought to have the same effect in humans, but more research needs to be done to show its effectiveness (1Trusted Source).

An amino acid in gelatin called glutamine helps maintain the function of the intestinal wall, and has been known to prevent and heal a condition known as "leaky gut" (2Trusted Source).

Leaky gut, which is associated with several chronic diseases, is when the barrier between your gut and the bloodstream is impaired.

Substances that your body doesn't normally allow through leak into your bloodstream, which leads to inflammation and other problems.

For all of these reasons, drinking bone broth may be beneficial for individuals with leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or irritable bowel disease (IBD), such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

Bone broth is typically very low in calories, but can still satisfy hunger.

Studies have found that eating broth-based soup on a regular basis can increase fullness, reduce calorie intake and lead to weight loss over time (11Trusted Source12Trusted Source).

What's more, bone broth contains gelatin, which has specifically been shown to promote feelings of fullness (13Trusted Source).

One study found that gelatin was more effective at reducing hunger than the protein casein, which is found in dairy products (14Trusted Source).

Another study in 53 men found that, when combined with resistance training, collagen helped increase muscle mass and decrease body fat

Collagen is the main protein found in bones, tendons and ligaments.

During the cooking process, collagen from bones and connective tissue is broken down into another protein called gelatin.

Gelatin contains important amino acids that support joint health.

It contains proline and glycine, which your body uses to build its own connective tissue. This includes tendons, which connect muscles to bones, and ligaments, which connect bones to each other.

Bone broth also contains glucosamine and chondroitin, which are natural compounds found in cartilage.

Multiple studies have found that glucosamine and chondroitin can decrease joint pain and lessen the symptoms of osteoarthritis


1) Will help fight inflammation :

Chronic inflammation may lead to a number of serious diseases.These include heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis and many types of cancer. Because of this, it's important to eat plenty of anti-inflammatory foods.

The amino acids found in bone broth, including glycine and arginine, have strong anti-inflammatory effects.

Arginine, in particular, may help fight the inflammation associated with obesity. Studies show higher levels of arginine in the blood are associated with decreased inflammation.

2) Improve joint health :

Collagen is the main protein found in bones, tendons and ligaments. During the cooking process, collagen from bones and connective tissue is broken down into another protein called gelatin, that contains important amino acids that support joint health.

It contains proline and glycine, both of which are amino acids that the body uses to build its own connective tissue. 

 The proteins in bone broth have also proven beneficial for those with rheumatoid arthritis.

3) Rich in important nutrients :

Animal bones are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassiumphosphorus and other trace minerals — the same minerals needed to build and strengthen your own bones.

Fish bones also contain iodine, which is essential for healthy thyroid function and metabolism.

Marrow provides vitamin A, vitamin K2, minerals like zinciron, boron, manganese and selenium, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

4) Aids digestive health :
Bone broth is fairly easy to digest. Moreover, it  aids in the digestion of other foods too. Have you ever noticed leftover broth getting congealed in the fridge?
This is because the gelatin found in bone broth naturally attracts and holds liquids. Gelatin can also bind to water in your digestive tract, which helps foods move through your gut more easily.

5) Low in calories :
Bone broth is extremely low in calories. It makes up for a lean supper & is as healthy as it is tasty. Studies have found that eating broth-based soup on a regular basis can increase fullness, reduce calorie intake and lead to weight loss over time

TIPS FOR MAKING BONE BROTH

1) For a good flavored broth that’s also rich in protein and gelatin, select a wide variety of bones that include some joints as well as meaty bones.

2) An acidic ingredient like wine helps to balance the flavors in bone broth, and gives better flavor than apple cider vinegar. More so, it helps in breaking down the protein present in the broth. 

3) Bone broths achieve their gel and high protein content because they tend to use less water than the amount used for meat broths and traditional stocks which makes it all the more important to use just enough water to cover the bones. 

4) You could also add some spices like cinnamon, pepper corns, basil to make it even more delicious while increasing its nutritional value up a notch. 

FINAL TAKEAWAY :

Bone broth is no short of soul food. While people who swear by it call it a delicious restorative drink on its own, some people may not like the texture. A great way to add bone broth to one’s diet and could be consuming it in the form of a soup or using it to cook vegetables etc.

Here are some of the health benefits of bone broth:

Bone broth is a simple recipe that can be make from the bones of various animals, including mutton, lamb and veal bones.

What you will need:

  • 1 litre water
  • 300 grams animal bones
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 50 grams vegetable like onions, carrots and beans, optional

How to make it:

  1. Wash the bones and set them aside.
  2. In a large container, add the water, bones and salt. Turn the gas on and bring the water to a boil. If you are adding vegetables to the broth, add them at the same time as the bones.
  3. Simmer till the water halves.
  4. Once the liquid cools down, use a strainer or muslin cloth to remove all the bones and solids.
  5. Serve hot, with a sprinkling of pepper.
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