It seems like bone broth is everywhere these days, and with good reason. There are so many reasons to enjoy a warm, nourishing cup of bone broth. This ancient nutrition source can be used as a restorative or medicinal tonic, as well as a base for soups, stews, and sauces. You can even use bone broth to saute veggies or cook rice – it’s a great way to add some bone broth protein and bump up the nutritional value of your meals!
Here are just a few of the most popular health care benefits of bone broth:
- Healthy skin and hair
- Gut health
- Joint health and bone support
- Weight loss
- Immune system boosting
If you need any more convincing on why you should make bone broth a part of your diet, consider bone broth protein. A cup of bone broth packs a whopping 15 grams of protein, which is pretty impressive, considering that you’re obtaining it in an easily-digestible liquid form that's also gluten-free, low carb, paleo-friendly, dairy-free, keto-friendly, and soy-free. Protein is a crucial nutrient that powers many of the body’s important functions. But it can be difficult for many people to digest effectively when it comes in the form of meat. So before you pick up your protein powder, protein shake or protein smoothie, consider bone broth instead of a protein supplement.
Bone broth offers the protein and amino acids found in meat, in a liquid form that is much easier for the body to digest. Part of what makes meat so difficult to digest is its fat content. In addition to liquid being easier for the body to digest, bone broth contains no fat, so your body doesn’t have to work harder to break it down. And it’s packed full of vitamins, trace minerals, and collagen to boot!
What Exactly IS Collagen?
Bone broth has so many benefits and is simply packed full of nutrients and health benefits ranging from glucosamine, chondroitin, glutamine, and proline. But if we had to pick one of the main reasons we’re such believers in the healing powers of this superfood, it would be collagen protein.
Collagen is a nutrient that is extracted from the animal joints and bones during the slow simmering process used to make bone broth. It is a protein made up of essential amino acids, which contribute to collagen’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detoxifying properties.
One of the amino acids contained in collagen, glycine, aids digestion by stimulating the production of stomach acids, and the gut-healing properties of collagen help to reduce inflammation in the body. One of the ways in which collagen lowers inflammation is by creating a strong intestinal lining that keeps harmful bacteria and toxins from permeating the bloodstream and activating the body’s inflammatory immune response. This process goes hand in hand with glycine’s beneficial effect on the digestive system, allowing the body to better digest food, as well as better absorb the nutrients it contains. Bone broth is incredibly healing for the gut, and also contains beneficial microbes that help populate the gut microbiome.
Aside from aiding the digestive system, the collagen present in collagen peptides is fantastic for nourishing and promoting hair, nails, and skin health. Sound like a crazy claim for something once seen as a glorified hot water soup base? It’s not. Trust us when we say that bone broth really is a nutrient powerhouse.
Hair, skin, and nails are all made up of proteins, and guess what protein is made up of? That’s right – collagen. Not only does collagen help to build the proteins that make up these body systems, but the vitamins and minerals found in bone broth make your hair, skin, and nails look stronger, younger, and healthier by nourishing your body from the inside out.
If Collagen Is So Important, Why Are We Just Now Hearing About It?
The truth is that collagen used to be a cornerstone of our ancestral diet. Before the advent of modern conveniences and the modern diet (which is sorely lacking, if you ask us), the human diet was rich in collagen. The parts of the animal that contain the most collagen – skin, tendons, and joints, were used along with the meat to reduce food waste, and whatever could not be eaten (such as the bones) was thrown into a pot on the stove and simmered to make a nutritious broth. In an effort to reduce waste, our ancestors discovered one of the most healthful foods on the planet. Bone broth is found in almost all cultures in some form or another.
Today, we tend to throw out the parts of the animal that contain the most collagen, and as a result, the modern diet is largely deficient in this crucial nutrient.
Many of the health issues that collagen helps to remedy, such as gut imbalance, digestive issues, and food intolerance, are incredibly common in recent years – and we have to wonder if the shift away from a collagen-rich diet has contributed to the onset of many of these symptoms that weren’t present in past generations.
How to Make Bone Broth Protein Part of Your Diet
It may sound daunting, especially if you’re still learning your way around a kitchen, but bone broth is incredibly easy to make.
The most important factor to consider if you’re going to try your hand at making bone broth is to ensure that you source your ingredients properly. Bone broth should be made with organic, grass-fed, non-GMO, or pastured bones when possible. This ensures that the animals were raised humanely and that the low and slow simmer that draws all of the nutrients out of the bones and connective tissues won’t also draw out pesticide or hormone residue that can be common in conventionally raised livestock.
Honestly, the only ingredients you need to make bone broth are technically bones and (filtered) water. But we like to increase the nutrients and flavor by adding vegetables (such as carrots, onions, and celery), fresh herbs, and sometimes spices like turmeric. You’ll also want to soak your bones in something acidic such as lemon juice or apple cider vinegar before you start them simmering – this helps the bones break down so that the nutrients are more easily extracted.
The only other thing you need to make your chicken bone broth or beef bone broth is time! Ideally, bone broth should be simmered for between 12-24 hours to ensure you get as many nutrients and collagen out of the bones as you can. This low and slow simmering process is what sets bone broth apart from regular broth or stock. The longer you simmer your bones and other ingredients, the more nutrients you’ll extract, and the richer and more savory the resulting bone broth will be. Bone broth is easy to make on the stovetop, or if you have one, a slow cooker is a great option for making bone broth as well.
Bone broth is easy to make at home, but if you don’t want to make your own, The Osso Good Co. offers delivery to your door of organic, small-batch bone broth that’s as close to homemade as you can get. We offer a variety of flavors, including:
Osso Good also offers a line of paleo and vegetable-broth based soups. What sets us apart from many of the brands you’ll see in the grocery store is that we truly focus on quality over quantity -- this is evident in our five-star customer reviews. We want your bone broth experience from Osso Good to be as close to homemade as possible. We focus on small-batch processing so that we can ensure the quality of every batch of bone broth that we make. We are so committed to giving you the homemade bone broth experience, that we offer subscription-based delivery on a recurring basis – right to your door!