Bone Deep: Nourish Your Body with Bone Broth

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The last time you had a cold or the flu, it’s likely someone suggested that chicken soup might help you feel better. It turns out that there’s a lot of truth in that seemingly old-fashioned idea!

Bone Broth to Heal Thyself

When we’re sick or stressed our bodies are fighting hard, which can cause us to deplete our reserves of key nutrients. While bone broth can’t eliminate cold and flu viruses, it naturally contains several minerals and other substances—calcium, chondroitin, glucosamine, magnesium, and zinc—that exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory properties to support healing. These same nutrients may also help relieve symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders like asthma and psoriasis. 

Build Strong Bones with Bone Broth

It goes without saying that bone broth supports bone health. Packed with bone-repairing calcium and magnesium, broths made from animal bones help maintain and replenish the body’s reserves of these important minerals and keep chronic health conditions like osteoporosis at bay.

Bone Broth Supports Healthy Digestion

During the cooking process, cartilage and connective tissue present in bones are reduced to gelatin, which coats the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract. The collagen in bone broth also supports the lining of the small and large intestines, which may help ease symptoms of “leaky gut” including food intolerances.

While you can certainly make your own bone broth, if you’re pressed for time, or just not a natural in the kitchen, you might want to buy pre-made bone broth or bone broth powder. Avoid products that contain MSG or high amounts of sodium.

Nourish Yourself with This Bone Broth Recipe!

Tap into the many amazing benefits of bone broth by making it yourself at home!

Sources: 

Bone Deep Broth by Taylor Chen & Lya Mojica ($19.95, Sterling Epicure, 2015)

Broth by Vicki Edgson and Heather Thomas ($30, Jacqui Small, 2016)

Contributor: 

Kelli Ann Wilson

Kelli Ann Wilson is Assistant Editor at Taste for Life magazine. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, photography, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two kids.