Bone broth has been really trendy lately with a lot of people, especially those involved in the paleo diet, who talk about bone broth’s many health benefits.
Yes, bone broth is linked to a slew of benefits ranging from improved immunity to better digestion. However, you don’t have to use bones to get these benefits. Instead, try making vegan bone broth.
Why Is Bone Broth Healthy?
Traditional bone broth is made by boiling down the bones and connective tissues of an animal for a really long time. As Sylvie McCracken talks about in her eBook The Gelatin Secret, these parts of an animal are particularly rich in the amino acids glycine and proline. By boiling the bones and tissues, it breaks them down so the amino acids get into the broth.
Historically, people would consume the entire animal – including using the “leftovers” like the bones. Today, most people just eat the muscle meat of animals. Muscle meat has a lot of an amino acid called methionine but virtually no glycine or proline. Methionine is known to be pro-inflammatory whereas glycine and proline are anti-inflammatory. So, it is no wonder that eating meat is associated with many diseases related to inflammation. This includes heart disease which, as rheumatologist Jon T. Giles, MD points out, is linked to inflammation and is the #1 killer in the United States.
When you boil the bones to make bone broth, it also releases a lot of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other minerals into the broth.
Since broths are liquids and we consume them when they are hot, they are really good at breaking down mucus. This alone would make broth good for fighting cold symptoms. However, when you factor in the high dose of nutrients that bone broth contains, it really becomes a superfood.Print