Save your scraps: bone broth benefits
When you’re cleaning up after a homemade meal, think twice about tossing away the bones. The part of the animal we typically throw away can provide some extreme health benefits by making your very own bone broth. Boiling those bones can break down cartilage and bone marrow (doesn’t sound great, but we promise it is!) and can provide a healthy helping of nutrients.
As we age, many people experience joint pain due to loss of collagen, which can be found in connective tissues. Collagen, among many other proteins, can be found in bones. Bone broth draws out these nutrients that have numerous other health benefits like improving gut health, improving cognitive function, and improving sleep quality without being groggy the next day.
Another nutrient found in bone broth is hyaluronic acid. If you’re even mildly interested in skincare, you know that this ingredient is highly advertised in all the luxury skincare as being incredibly moisturizing. While hyaluronic acid is great for your skin, it’s also beneficial for your joints. In addition to the incredible joint benefits, studies have shown decreased risks of obesity-related cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes in relation to a hormone found in bone marrow.
So what’s the best way to cook up your own bone broth? The goal, ultimately, is to extract as many nutrients from the bones as possible. We recommend breaking up the bones in vinegar before cooking; this way you’re exposing a larger surface area for nutrients to be pulled from. Any bones with joints are preferable because of all the cartilage and collagen (remember, it’s not gross--it’s resourceful).
If you’re following a ketogenic diet, one of our favorites, you’re in luck! Bone broth fits in perfectly with the ketogenic lifestyle. And if you haven’t gone keto but want to, bone broth is great to help with the transition of ditching carbs thanks to all the vitamins, nutrients, and electrolytes. If you’re interested in trying another of our keto faves, check out why you should be putting butter in your coffee.