Bone Broth: Is It Really Good For You?
Somewhere along the grapevine you’ve probably been hearing a lot more about bone broth lately, and chances are, you still have yet to try it. Tsk Tsk! Drinking bone broth is nothing new, and has been going on ever since prehistoric times, but it’s become much trendier as of late, and for good reason. That’s because there are a handful of different health benefits for you in doing so. Keep reading to discover bone broth: is it really good for you? My favorite, Soup Pot
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Bone Broth: Is it Really Good for You?
So why do some people say it’s good for you while others do not? Or maybe you’re wondering what ingredients go into making a nutritious batch of it? I’m here to help answer those questions. Here’s a look at how to make bone broth, and why it’s something that is very good for your overall health.
How to Make Bone Broth
Bone broth happens to be very easy to make and also requires only a few ingredients. The key to making it more nutritional is by adding a number of different types of bones to it, including marrow bones, knuckles, feet, and oxtail. Here’s an easy recipe that you can try. Printable recipe below.
- 1 Gallon of water
- 2 to 4 lbs of animal bones
- 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (helps to pull out the mineral nutrients)
- Salt and pepper, according to your liking
- Additional Ingredients that you can use (but are not necessary) include carrots, celery, onions, garlic, thyme, and parsley. You can also add other spices and herbs based on your preferences to enhance the flavor.
- First, go ahead and put all the ingredients in a slow cooker, or in a large pot.
- Bring it to a boil.
- Then reduce it to a simmer and allow it to cook for the next 12 to 24 hours. (The longer that it cooks, the more nutritious and better that it tastes.)
- Next, allow the broth to cool and then strain the solids.
Nutrition Facts of Bone Broth
Bone broth is very nutritious because of the calcium and proteins that it has. It’s also full of other vitamins and minerals as well, including potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus, all of which help to keep your bones healthy and strong.
You’ll also find iron, boron, zinc, manganese, selenium, vitamin A and K12, along with omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Most of us don’t get the vitamins and minerals that we need each day, which is why drinking bone broth is a great way for your body to receive and absorb many of them.
Health Benefits of Bone Broth
Improves Our Digestive Systems
Many of us simply don’t realize just how important a role that our digestive systems have on our overall health. Bone broth happens to be very easy for our bodies to digest, but it also improves our digestion at the same time.
The gelatin in bone broth is partially responsible for this. The foods that we decide to eat are able to move through our digestive tracts easier with the help of gelatin. Gelatin is also responsible for protecting and healing the muscle lining in our stomach.
Helps Reduce Inflammation
There are a number of amino acids in bone broth, including glycine and arginine, both of which have strong anti-inflammatory benefits. Another one of these acids includes arginine, which helps to fight against obesity. Other anti-inflammatory agents that can target diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and certain types of cancer can also be found in the broth.
Stronger Bones and Ligaments
Bone broth is jam-packed with collagen, one of the proteins that you’ll find in bones. As the bones are being cooked, the collagen in the bones breaks down into another protein called gelatin.
This provides your bones, tendons, and ligaments with strength and resilience to joint pain. It also contains the proteins glucosamine and chondroitin, which also help with joint pain and lessen the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Helps in Weight Loss
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that bone broth has very few calories, but even though there may not appear to be much substance to it, it can satisfy your hunger. It can also increase your feeling of fullness while keeping you from consuming too many calories. Another perk besides melting away fat is that at the same time it also provides an increase in muscle mass.
Maintains Good Brain Function
Bone broth has the amino acid called “glycine,” which helps your body to relax and get the rest that it needs. Not only does it decrease the feeling of sleepiness, but it also improves mental function and our memory. It helps to decrease your anxiety, improves your energy, helping you to focus in a more collective manner.
Can It Be Bad For You?
Too much of any good thing can turn out to be not such a good thing, and the same holds true for bone broth. Consuming the mineral-rich broth in large amounts can be unhealthy since you may be ingesting too many metals and minerals.
Lead is also another metal that you need to watch out for, which is released when the bone marrow is being cooked. There are also certain acids that are released the longer that the broth sits there and simmers. So while simmering helps to bring out other nutritional minerals, it also can draw out too much for you to have at one time if consumed in large quantities.
- 1 gallon water
- 2-4 pounds animal bones
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Optional, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, thyme, and parsley. You can also add your favorite spices and herbs based on your preferances.
First, go ahead and put all the ingredients in a slow cooker, or in a large pot. Bring it to a boil. Then reduce it to a simmer and allow it to cook for the next 12 to 24 hours. (The longer that it cooks, the more nutritious and better it will taste.) Next, allow the broth to cool and then strain the solids. Place in the refrigerator in jars or freeze some of it in jars. Please allow for expansion in the jars before placing them in the freezer.
If you are curious about bone broth: is it really good for you, then make sure you give it a try yourself. As you can see, I have listed all of the benefits. However, there are tons more benefits of consuming bone broth in your everyday diet. May God Bless this world, Linda.
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16 thoughts on “Bone Broth: Is It Really Good For You?”
I’ve drank bone broth, but don’t care for the taste. I’ve also made some. It was a bit better.
Hi Deborah, I agree, homemade is better!! Linda
Do you put veggies in your bone broth? I’ve been thinking about doing that.
Hi Deborah, yes, I do. I always have a few ready to make broth. Linda
I’ll try that next time I make it. I did saw a video where the lady saved her carrot, potato, and other veggie peels, and onion skins in the freezer until she had enough to make bone broth. Thank you. I’m gonna try it again.
Hi Deborah, I don’t save my onions skins but this makes a great base for any soup. Linda
Where do you get your animal bones? Are there any bones you prefer over others?
Hi Alice, I get them from the meat I cook, or I can ask the butchers for some bones. They are pretty cheap! Linda
I’ve never tried it but it looks like a good soup base. I remember my grandma making and using this as a base for soups and gravies–some of which she poured over our dog’s food.
Hi Ray, I hear you on the soup base! My dogs would love it poured over their dry dog food! Great idea! Linda
I’ve been making and using home made bone broth for over a year. I do buy some beef broth from Kettle and Fire as most of the beef I buy is boneless. But I save chicken, turkey and pork bones to make my broths. I use celery, carrots,onions and garlic in my broths. There is nothing better than a pot of home made soup made with home made broth. Thank you for all the information you get out to all of us. May God keep you and your family safe.
Hi Judy, oh the garlic, that’s right! I add garlic to mine too! I’m ready for any sickness that may come our way this winter! Stay safe, stay well. Linda
I buy Whole Organic Chickens – sometimes I roast and sometimes I pressure cook the carcass – but I don’t throw out the bones after I pick off the meat. I put them in the pressure cooker with plenty of water and pressure cook for about 90 minutes. I strain out the particles if I want to freeze the broth for extra gravy or to drink, and other times I treat the feral cats of the neighborhood for protecting my garden during the summer. When I had a cat and dog, they both loved it. The bones are extremely soft and they had no trouble digensting any of it. The feral cats don’t leave anything behind either.
Hi Diane, oh I love hearing this! Great comment on pressure cooking the bones after the fact. I love hearing you treat the feral cats for protecting your gardens, love it! Linda
It makes me feel great that you liked my post! You have enriched my life so much. I’m happy I can return some of the kindness and helpful information you have shared with me. God Bless you for all you do!
Hi Diane, oh you made my day!! I love love love hearing from my readers. We learn from each other. May God bless you, Linda