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Dishing Up the Top 5 Benefits of Bone Broth

January 06, 2016 in Article, Nutrition, Seasonal, Wellness/Prevention,
Posted by Virginia Spine Institute


Each year it seems dozens of trends emerge promising ‘miracle’ fitness and wellness results. One such trend that became popular toward the end of 2015 is bone broth. Bone broth is made using animal bones {beef knuckles, chicken necks, oxtails, etc}, vegetables, herbs, and water, boiled at a low heat for 24 to 72 hours. While meager in substance, the simple soup has made a large name for itself in many cultures due to its healing properties and beneficial side effects. 

Top 5 Benefits of Bone Broth

  1. promote healing and recovery.  

    Bone broth is rich in amino acids glycine and proline which help to build muscle, repair tissue, and less inflammation. Furthermore, it is jam-packed with nutrients including glucosamine and chondroitin which acts as a pain reliever for stiff joints. Studies show that the gelatin in both broth provides almost immediate relief to joint pain and the glycine in the gelatin speeds wound healing and promotes recovery.

  2. preserve your youthful appearance. 

    Bone broth is also filled with collagen, a protein found in flesh and connective tissues. An abundance of connective tissue creates smoother, suppler skin that makes us look younger. Collagen is also vital for maintaining the health of our hair and nails. Consider it a cheaper beauty supplement!

  3. strengthen your bones. 

    During the boiling stage calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus seep out of the animal bones into the broth leaving a soup packed with the essential building blocks of healthy bones.

  4. improve your sleep. 

    Glycine plays an important role in the neurotransmitters within the brain, helping to induce sleep. Gelatin found in the bone broth will not only improve sleep quality, but it will help to reduce daytime sleepiness and improve memory during waking hours.

  5. boost immune support. 

    Bone broth contains many essential nutrients that we may otherwise be missing in our daily diet. Consuming the large amount of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus may help to strengthen your immune system {no wonder Grandma always made chicken soup when we were sick!}.

Proponents of bone broth speak highly of the ‘miracle’ drink and swear by its healing properties. 

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