Bone Broth: What Is it and Why You Should Start Consuming It | Indian Express
Bone broth has become very popular recently, especially among health-conscious individuals and dieters. From Kylie Jenner to Halle Berry, all advocate this golden liquid to be the ultimate superfood that keeps their hair shiny, skin glowing and defy ageing.
Now, what is this Bone Broth you ask? It’s nothing but a traditional stock made by boiling down animal bones and connective tissue. You can make bone broth using bones from any animal including pork, turkey, lamb, chicken, or fish. When you simmer the bones in water with some vinegar, it helps to release nutrients from the bone marrow, as well as break down other tissues into the water. The result is a flavourful, nutritious golden broth.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits this nutritious drink provides.
Bone Broth promotes weight loss as it is higher and protein and makes one feel full for longer, thereby promoting calorie restriction. Eating bone broth is a beneficial way to add more protein to one’s diet and feel more satisfied with a meal without consuming too many calories.
It helps to reduce the inflammation in the body & heals the gut as it posses a vital amino acid called glutamine which supports digestion. People with inflammatory bowel disease and leaky gut tend to have lower amino acids in their system and drinking this golden liquid daily can solve this deficiency in the long run.
Bone Broth also helps to with osteoarthritis and protects the joints, as it contains gelatine which is broken down by the body to produce collagen. Many studies report that collagen can improve knee joint symptoms, such as pain, stiffness, and poorer physical function, in people with osteoarthritis and poor joints.
The amino acid glycine, found in bone broth, may help one relax as multiple studies found that glycine helps promote sleep and improve brain function. Bone broth also improves the quality of one’s sleep, mental function & memory.
How often one can consume bone broth to get maximum benefits? Unfortunately, there is not a straightforward answer to it. But consuming a cup of this daily is recommended to get all the aforementioned benefits.
Here’s a simple recipe to brew your own broth at home:
Bones and carcass of 1 chicken
12 cups filtered water
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 generous pinch each sea salt and black pepper
1 sliced lemon
Simmer everything on low in a bottom-heavy pot for 2-3 hours or till the water reduces to 6 cups. Strain and enjoy your delicious bone broth. This recipe is Freezer Friendly for 1 month and it keeps for 2-3 Days in the refrigerator.
Bone broth contains many important nutrients, minerals, amino acids, some of which are known to have miraculous health benefits. However, the research on bone broth itself is still emerging with every passing day. What can be claimed for sure is that bone broth is highly nutritious, and adding it to your diet may provide a whole host of health benefits.