Bone broth has been one of the biggest health trends, but does it have any real value?
The truth is it’s actually been used to heal by many ancient in numerous cultures for centuries.
Of course, just because primitive people used something doesn’t mean it’s inherently good.
But if you’re like me, I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my health, so why not explore this bone broth stuff a little further?
Health Claims of Bone Broth
Renowned doctor of natural medicine, Dr. Axe, ranked homemade bone broth as one of the top foods that help the body heal from IBS, thanks to its proline and glycine that make up collagen and can aid in repairing intestinal permeability, which is the number one reason I wanted to try bone broth, but there are said to be a wealth of other benefits that can be derived from it too.
Resolving all sorts of digestive problems
Not only can bone broth benefit those with IBS, it’s said to help heal leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s disease, acid reflux and ulcerative colitis. That’s because bone broth is one of the richest natural sources of collagen, which is a type of protein necessary for forming the tissue that makes up the lining of the GI tract.
It helps to protect and soothe the digestive tract lining. Studies have found that inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients produce less collagen in their digestive system, and increasing collagen helps to strengthen and normalize mucous membranes that are in the GI lining, as well as to prevent undigested food particles and other compounds from leaking from the gut and into the bloodstream.
The gelatin in bone broth contains the amino acids glutamine, proline, glycine and arginine which promote probiotic balance and growth while aiding in breaking down proteins, reducing symptoms of autoimmune disorders, leaky gut and a host of other digestive conditions.
Bone broth can help you look younger
Who doesn’t want to look younger? Unless you’re very young already, you can probably use a boost of youthfulness, and thanks to the high content of collagen in bone broth, it can help make your skin look younger, and improve the appearance of your hair and nails too.
Collagen helps to form tissues in the skin that make it stronger and smoother. Scientific research has shown that a higher intake of collagen is linked to improved hydration and skin barrier functions, and a reduction in signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.
This is one benefit I could really use, so I was happy to learn that bone broth can improve sleep – I couldn’t wait to find out if it really works.
Experts say it’s due to the amino acids in bone broth which act like inhibitory neurotransmitters for the production of chemicals and hormones that are important for sleep.
Increasing glycine intake has been shown to help people who suffer from sleep problems get better rest as well as improve memory – that makes sense as when you’re well-rested, you can think clearer too.
Stronger bones and healthier joints
The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones that are used to make bone broth, seeps out into the liquid to provide you with the essential building blocks for healthy bones. Bone broth also contains chondroitin sulfate, which has been shown to lower the risk of osteoarthritis.
If you suffer from joint pain, you probably know that taking glucosamine supplements can help, but bone broth contains this important compound too, along with other nutrients that keep the joints healthy and pain-free.
A better mood
I don’t know about you, but with so many negative headlines in the world these days, a happy mood seems to be harder to come by, but according to neuroscientists, bone broth can help. That’s because your diet influences gut bacteria and gut bacteria influences the brain.
Known as the microbiome, gut bacteria actually influences how the brain is wired from the start, including one’s mood, how they deal with stress, learning, and memory.
When your gut microbiome is healthy, it sends signals to the brain to “be happy,” but when it’s not, it can send anxiety signals. That’s certainly another great reason for becoming part of the bone broth bandwagon!
Strengthening the immune system
The amino acids in bone broth, like arginine, glutamine, and cysteine, have been found to strengthen immunity in both humans and animals.
Dr. Axe has also explained that going on a bone broth fast can help as it can increase the healthy, beneficial bacteria in the gut which has been highly correlated with stronger immunity.
An energy boost
A boost of energy is something else most of us could use with our very busy schedules often leaving us drained by late afternoon.
While there isn’t much in the way of scientific evidence just yet, as bone broth is a great source of electrolytes, like potassium, magnesium, and sodium which help to sustain energy and are important for muscle, nerve, digestive and cognitive function, it makes sense.
And, many bone broth fans swear by the boost of energy they get when consuming it. Some even claim it works better than coffee, without the side effects. Health writer and as she calls herself, “a formerly wiped out, haggard mother-of-two,” Sarah Maber, told MailOnline, “I also want to shout about it as loudly and as often as possible. Ditch the sugar-loaded juices and jitter-inducing cappuccinos, and choose health-boosting, healing bone broth instead.”
All that was enough to convince me that bone broth is surely worth a try.
After day 7
Goal accomplished! While it wasn’t always easy, the bone broth diet proved to be well-worth trying. I experienced no IBS symptoms whatsoever, slept better, and after the initial grumpiness and hunger, had more energy and felt incredible.
I even had some thoughts about continuing, but following a diet so low in calories for too long can cause the metabolism to slow and make exercise difficult.
Instead, I’ll continue drinking a cup of bone broth a day, while focusing on eating a diet of mainly whole, organic foods – enough to keep my metabolism revved up while providing fuel for workouts too.
How to make bone broth
Check out the video below!