Practicing social distancing and wearing masks can help keep us healthy during a time of uncertainty. But how else can we strengthen our body and keep it resilient? More importantly, our immune system? You can start by nourishing your body with an easy, hearty, and tasty go-to: bone broth. This nutrient-dense ancient remedy can improve your digestion, immunity, and overall health.
Bone broth is similar to stock, but this liquid gold has health benefits that outweigh traditional stocks. By simmering bones, tendons, and vegetables over low heat for a long time, you are able to draw out all of the essential nutrients not found in lean cuts of meat. This superfood contains protein, collagen, amino acids, gelatin, and minerals that can heal us from the inside out. There’s good reason an ancient proverb revered bone broth as having the ability to revive the dead. And grandma always told you to have chicken noodle soup when you weren’t feeling well, but it wasn’t for the noodles.
Unlike other trending tonics, bone broth isn’t a new concept. Traditional Chinese therapists have used it to support the digestive and urinary systems for more than 2,500 years. It’s no wonder it is the base of many Chinese, Korean, and Japanese soups. Don’t have 24 hours to make it yourself? You can now enjoy premium bone broths straight from the pouch, like Osso Good’s delicious line.
Ready to improve your health one sip at a time? Let’s get into what makes bone broth so nutritious for you and why you should “stock” up on this bone broth.
1. Helps your digestive tract and overall gut health.
Ever heard of “leaky gut syndrome”, also known as increased intestinal permeability? Our intestinal tract acts as a barrier between our food and bloodstream, controlling what gets absorbed. However, if you have an unhealthy gut, your digestive tract’s wall will be weaker. This can lead to holes or cracks in your lining that allow food, toxins, and viruses to trickle into your bloodstream. (Plenty of factors play into an unhealthy gut—from a terrible diet down to DNA.)
Your immune system auto-reacts to these foreign substances with inflammation, and at times, an allergic reaction. Our gut microbiome (probiotic, beneficial bacteria that help our body detoxify itself) then gets disrupted, which can lead to bloating and digestive issues. How does bone broth fix this? It’s naturally chock-full of amino acids like glutamine, which this study highlights as important for keeping your gut lining intact. Collectively, these amino acids help to regulate your body’s immune response during digestion, so inflammation doesn’t get out of control.
2. Fortifies your bones, skin, hair, and muscles.
Bone broth contains a high level of collagen, a main protein in our body that’s a building block for connective tissue. According to the New York Times, collagen makes up 80 percent of our skin. As we age, our body’s natural collagen production declines. So more collagen in your diet can help with healthy skin, bones, and hair. According to a review in the Journal of Sports Medicine, collagen may also help with muscle recovery and prevent strain on joints too.
Gelatin, which is found in bone broth, contains high levels of the amino acids proline and glycine, which can heal intestinal damage, aid in digestion, and help those suffering from osteoarthritis. Not only can it help reduce joint pain and prevent bone loss, but a study also showed that glycine can improve sleep quality.
3. Keeps your heart healthy while detoxifying your body.
Bone broth makes it easier for your body to absorb minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, which support a healthy heartbeat. According to Harvard Health Publishing, magnesium deficiency has been linked to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and cardiac arrest.
Bone broth is also rich in potassium. This nutrient, along with glycine, can help detoxify your cells and liver to ensure your body functions efficiently and effectively. Glycine has also been shown to regulate immune function by altering intracellular calcium levels. But, it doesn’t stop there—glycine also limits the inflammatory response which can aid in heart health and overall immune function.
4. Gives you a boost during flu season.
We already went over how your immune system reacts to viruses invading your body. Likewise, the symptoms you experience during cold and flu season—including runny nose, congestion, and sinus pressure—stem from your body’s inflammatory response to fight off the infection. Bone broth’s anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe this reaction while your body continues to fight the virus and heal itself.
With over 70% of your immune system located in your gut, strengthening bone broths are essential to maintain the body’s defense against foreign invaders and inflammation.
Not only does bone broth ease your immune system’s response, but it can also help prevent dehydration, which can occur more often when you’re sick. Think of the times you sweated out a fever or how much water you lost while having gastrointestinal issues! Dehydration can result in a loss of electrolytes, like sodium, potassium, and magnesium, that bone broth can replenish. Essential amino acids found in bone broths, like arginine, are also essential for the proper functioning of the immune system as well as the liver.
5. It’s easy on the taste buds!
Bone broth’s savory flavor is excellent sipped straight from a mug and it can even enrich the taste of your favorite (and not-so-favorite) dishes. Plus, it’s healthier than adding dairy, salt, or sugar, which have been shown to cause inflammation. Sipping on bone broth daily may also curb your sugar cravings and overall appetite. Because it’s packed with protein and is a liquid, it can make you feel fuller for longer. It’s also low in carbohydrates and calories, which can help balance your blood sugar levels.
Beyond soups, you can add bone broth to just about anything! Pour it in sauces, mashed potatoes, smoothies, juices, and rice for a boost in flavor and vitamins. Instead of your typical morning cup of coffee or tea, you can simmer bone broth and sip that instead. This helps limit your caffeine intake, which has plenty of health benefits in itself.
Bone broth can improve your well-being sip by sip. But it’s also important to pick a premium bone broth that has real ingredients you can trust—otherwise, it could contain impurities that could do more harm than good.
Of all the bone broths out there, I can’t get enough of Osso Good’s delicious selection of organic, high-quality bone broths and soups you can rely on. They’re made in controlled small batches so you get a delicious taste and consistency with every sip. Choose from over 10 different flavors, from classics to functionally focused bone broths. They also have veggie and mushroom flavors for plant-based eaters. Gluten-free, Organic, and Certified Paleo, these enhance virtually every diet. Find your favorite flavor today and start your journey toward a nutrient-rich lifestyle.
Editor’s note: Hear from other bone broth lovers!
“I love your broths! I have lost 28 pounds and feel 10 years younger!” —Teresa
“I’m sipping on my first cup and OH MY GOD. It’s seriously that good. Reminds me of my grandma’s broth.” —Teala
“Just a warning to everyone: these are soooo good, I over-ordered in a moment of bliss and overfilled my freezer.” —Vicki