Broth has traditionally been a central part of many cuisines — French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, African, South American, Middle Eastern, Russian and American. This was a way to use the entire carcass (bones, hooves, joints, tough meat) so nothing went to waste, and every single nutrient was passed on and utilized by the next organism.
Today, in contrast, boneless chicken breast is touted as the healthiest food; traditionally, lean meat was the most nutrient-poor piece often fed to other animals. The dark meat, organs, fat, bones and cartilage were kept and depended on for longevity and vitality.
A list of all bone broth’s health benefits reads like an encyclopedia of the whole body. Called “nature’s multivitamin,” it has over 19 amino acids, collagen for connective tissue and skin elasticity and nutrients that support digestion, immunity and brain health.
Broth’s superpower comes from providing so much nutrition in a readily absorbable form — which is not true for most foods — such as the following essential minerals: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and sulphur. It also contains the nutrients chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, which are sold in expensive supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.
I can’t stress this enough: Whatever you take in pill form pales in comparison to consuming the real thing.
Grandma Was Right
Science has now proved every wives’ tale and proverb about broth to be true — it really is a magic elixir that helps you heal.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center conducted a study on chicken soup broth to find out why it helps when we’re sick — they found that broth’s amino acids reduced inflammation in the respiratory system and improved digestion. Research is also suggesting that broth can heal disorders like allergies, asthma and arthritis.
-Heals gut lining as seen in Leaky Gut Syndrome
-Reduces intestinal inflammation
-Reduces appearance of cellulite
-Glycine detoxifies your cells from chemicals and improves brain function
You Are What You Eat
Whether it’s regarding the liver or cell membranes, you really are what you eat. If you have ligament problems, that means you’re lacking the nutrients for ligaments…so consume more ligaments. Joint problems? Eat more animal joints. Dull, unhealthy skin? Eat more skin (i.e., broth). And to me, it’s the only way to truly justify that animal’s death — by appreciating ALL its hard-earned nutrients rather than tossing the carcass out and only taking the meat.
Another important point: You need to be consuming a healthy animal that had access to nutrient rich foods. A grass-fed cow’s bones are drastically different than those of a factory-farmed cow. Furthermore, the toxins (from GMO feed or pesticide-rich grains) are stored in the cow’s fat and passed on to us.
Ethically raising animals is crucial, and has a place in our circle of life. When we nourish animals, we nourish the soil, ourselves and the world.
Bone Broth Benefits: A to Z
Still not convinced? Here’s a quick look at all the issues broth can battle or enhance:
-Blood sugar regulation
-Bone formation, growth and repair
-Diabetes (Type 2)
-Irritable bowel syndrome
-Leaky gut syndrome
-Probiotic balance and growth