Another awesome chemistry hacks post today! Let’s discuss the truth about bone broth and what kind to use.
This is a reader’s request post! I LOVE when readers reach out to me and ask if I can do research for them.
The thing about health topics is many fads come and go. It can be difficult to figure out what is legitimate or not.
We share Chemistry Hacks for Health to get you an easy inside look about the truth behind certain health fads. A few weeks ago we told you all about Kombucha…is it really good for you?
Now, we have some great research on the truth about bone broth and what kind to use!
PIN THIS: The Truth about Bone Broth
Bone broth is a term you’ve probably seen pop up in the health world the past few years. It isn’t anything new though. Broth has been used for thousands of years!
Bone broth was used in Egypt during Pharaoh’s time, and it was also used by an Egyptian physician, Moses Maimonides, in the 12th century. More interesting history can be found in this book!
But more important than the history of bone broth, is the chemistry.
Chemistry of Bone Broth
Since bone broth is made from the bones of animals, many chemicals are infused into the broth straight from the bones.
Animal bones contain an array of incredibly beneficial substances for the human body that help with everything ranging from anti-aging to immune system support.
Let’s check out the main chemicals:
Whether you use chicken bone broth or beef, they are both high in collagen. Collagen in a structural protein found in all bones and tissues.
All bone broth has a large supply of minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium.
Another substance found in connective tissues is hyaluronic acid. This acid promotes healthy joint tissue, skin, and cell rejuvenation.
This is a great tool for supporting and repairing cartilage, making it fantastic for joint health.
Bone broth is high in various proteins like Arginine, glycine, glutamine, and proline.
There are many more beneficial elements found in bone broth, but these are the main, most important aspects.
Health Benefits of Bone Broth:
Obviously, with all these amazing natural chemicals in bone broth, there are numerous health benefits.
Collagen, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid are all researched and proven to help with joint health. From rebuilding cartilage to supporting the tissue around the joints. And it is all in bone broth!
I use collagen powder almost everyday in this drink. Readers always tell me the number one thing they notice when they start using collagen, is how nice their skin looks after a few weeks. Collagen is so important for your skin!
There is a reason why your mom always wanted to make you soup when you were sick. Bone broth is great for boosting your immune system to ward off sickness and help you recover when your sick. It is full of so much protein and minerals.
All these healing chemicals make bone broth great for digestion. When it comes to chicken bone broth vs beef bone broth, I have read many articles which say that chicken was better for their digestion. But research shows that either one can aide in your gut health.
With the high levels of amino acids, bone broth is also good for metabolism. Protein is essential for keeping your body functioning properly, and many modern diets are missing out on important proteins. Adding bone broth to your diet is a great option!
What is the Best Type of Bone Broth?
Bone broth can be made from ANY animal’s bone. Chicken and beef are the most popular, but there is also turkey, pork, and even fish bones.
For most people, it is going to be a personal preference on taste and availability. Some people don’t eat beef or pork, so they stick with chicken.
Any bone broth will contain all the beneficial chemicals we’ve talked about because it comes straight from the bones of animals.
Many vegetarians stick with fish bone broth which contains a few different types of minerals.
Personally, I am more of a chicken person because beef is a little strong for me.
How to Buy the Right Kind of Bone Broth?
You can make your own or buy it. When you buy it at the store, make sure it doesn’t have too much sodium or added ingredients.
Sticking with organic is always a good way to make sure you have good ingredients.
Making Your Own
Making bone broth is really easy (if you are brave enough to simmer animal bones on the stove for a long time LOL).
All you need are bones (grass-fed is the safest way to make sure you don’t get unhealthy chemicals), filtered water, apple cider vinegar, and spices if you want.
The acid is necessary to get the most benefits out of the bones you are simmering.
After checking out many recipes, this is a great recipe and technique.
If making chicken bone broth, use the same method, but you don’t need to roast bones. And it will take about 24 hours.
So, no matter what type of bone broth you use or want to try, the chemistry proves it is a helpful addition to your diet especially for digestion, joints, skin, and immune system!
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