So far, the new millennium has seen its own food trends including cupcakes, sliders, fro-yo, macarons, toast, kale, doughnuts, matcha, poke, pumpkin spice, and — our personal favorite — bone broth.
Yes, we admit it… bone broth is all the rage right now. But unlike some of the other food crazes we listed above, bone broth isn’t just a passing trend. In fact, bone broth has been around for centuries and offers health benefits backed by science.
The top 10 reasons you should drink bone broth (fads, aside).
1. It heals the gut and aids in digestion.
Bone broth contains gelatin that mimics the interior lining of the gut wall. When it’s consumed, it works to repair any leaking in the digestive tract (known as leaky gut). In addition, an amino acid called glucosamine found in bone broth is known to help the body digest food.
2. It’s highly nutritious.
Bone marrow is packed with nutrients that are valuable to humans. When high-quality bones are boiled, they release these nutrients into a form we can consume. As a result, bone broth contains high levels of iron, vitamins A and K, fatty acids, selenium, zinc, and manganese.
3. It protects the joints.
As we age, the cartilage in our joints begins to wear down, putting stress on our bodies. To alleviate joint pain, people are often encouraged to take glucosamine and chondroitin supplements. Fortunately, both of these substances can be found in bone broth, and are more bioavailable when consumed in their natural state.
4. It strengthens bones.
It’s important to consume minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus for good bone health. These minerals are not only in bone broth, they’re in a form that is easily absorbed.
5. It aids sleep and fights fatigue.
The gelatin in bone broth contains the amino acid glycine, which is a neurotransmitter that has the ability to stimulate or quiet the brain. So not only will drinking bone broth in the evening help you get a good night’s rest, it will also help you stay alert during the day.
Bone broth provides the body with the minerals and nutrients it needs to rebuild stronger, healthier cells. As a result, the body is less prone to infection and quicker to heal.
Along with being a delicious snack when heated and drank on its own, bone broth is an ideal base for other recipes. By integrating bone broth into your daily diet, you’ll be encouraged to eat healthy foods more frequently.
The glycine in bone broth is required for the production of glutathione, an antioxidant that helps the liver flush out stored hormones, excess chemicals, and other waste.
10. It increases mental clarity.
The essential fatty acids found in bone broth have been clinically proven to increase brain function. In addition, glycine is known to promote mental alertness, improve memory, and reduce stress.
The OWL Family