Bone broth benefits
For thousands of years, people have made bone broth by simmering the bones and cartilage of animals.
It’s a practice that has stayed around for a good reason: this simmering process releases all of the nutrients found within the animal’s bones so it seeps into the broth. Not only does it taste amazing but bone broth also contains dozens of vitamins and minerals to maintain or restore our body’s optimal health.
While regular broth or stock is made with animal meat, bone broth specifically uses bones and tissues from the animal (most commonly beef or chicken).
Health benefits of bone broth
Animal bones are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and other trace minerals, which are actually the same minerals needed for human bone development.
And the benefits don’t end with the bones. Animal connective tissues — cartilage, ligaments, and fat — are also packed with healthy building blocks that support human joint health.
Bone broth also contains the most abundant protein in your body: collagen.
What is collagen?
Collagen accounts for about one-third of the body’s protein composition. The word itself actually comes from the Greek word “kólla,” which means glue. Like glue, collagen holds a lot of our body’s critical components together.
Different types of collagen can be found almost everywhere in our bodies, including hair, nails, teeth, bones and cartilage, ligaments and tendons, blood vessels, corneas, and intestines.
Collagen has many crucial roles within our body.
What is collagen good for?
One of collagen’s main functions is to give structural support within our connective tissue, skin, and muscles. It helps to keep bones strong, allows skin and tendons to stretch, and helps our muscles and bones heal after an injury. There are even new studies showing the potential of collagen in the body repairing itself — which could impact heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Collagen can’t be measured within the body. But we do know that as we age, our bodies naturally produce less collagen and lower quality collagen. Some of the first symptoms can be seen in our skin’s appearance and experienced with stiff joints or muscle aches.
Thankfully, we can assist our bodies with collagen production. The first step is to cut out collagen-destroying behaviors like smoking, eating processed foods, and excessive sun exposure. It’s also important to consume food and drink packed with collagen and other nutrients our bodies need to make collagen.
Collagen can beneficial for:
Skin. Collagen plays a significant role in strengthening skin and increasing elasticity and hydration. This means firmer skin, less wrinkles and fine lines, and a reduction of cellulite, pigmentation differences and other aging-related skin issues.
Joints. Arthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the body’s joints, causing bones to rub together and become painful. Collagen may help hold muscles and tendons together and even help cartilage heal, reducing inflammation.
Strong bones. Our bones become weaker as we age and our collagen production slows down, which could eventually lead to conditions like osteoporosis. Collagen makes up a huge part of our bone structure and can help maintain bone density and strength.
Increased muscle mass. Not only is collagen a large component to your muscle tissue, but it also contains glycine. Glycine is an amino acid in creatine, a substance found naturally in muscle cells that is believed to help muscles produce energy during exercise.
Experiences vary and research is preliminary but many people also realize other benefits when they consume more collagen, including:
Improved mood and reduced anxiety
Weight loss and improved metabolism
Beef bone broth benefits
If you’re trying to decide between chicken bone broth and beef bone broth, there are some distinct differences, mostly between taste and nutrition.
When it comes to flavour, chicken is milder and tends to take on the taste of other ingredients you pair with it — from seasonings to vegetables. Beef, on the other hand, has a much more dominant flavour that can be tasted no matter what you add to it.
Where your beef comes from can play an important part of reaping the benefits of beef bone broth.
At Broya, we know firsthand that grass-fed cattle have the best tasting, most nutrient-rich meat and bones. Because of the grass diet, the bone broth will also contain more omega-3 fatty acids, which can have numerous health benefits, including improving eye health, brain health, heart disease, inflammation and much more.
Beef bone broth has other amino acids to support your immune system and your digestion. Beef bone broth also typically has more collagen than chicken, which supports the health of your bones, joints, muscles and skin as noted above.
Thanks to its long simmering process, beef bone broth provides minerals in forms your body can easily absorb, including:
But what about chicken?
Chicken bone broth benefits
Organic chicken provides a healthful, natural protein source for your body. In fact, chicken bone broth may have more protein than beef bone broth if it’s made with a high concentration of bones.
Like beef bone broth, chicken bone broth contains the amino acids needed to maintain good gut health, immune response and overall body strength. In fact, chicken typically has more leucine, isoleucine and valine than beef bone broth, which are amino acids believed to help build muscle mass. Other amino acids produced while making chicken bone broth have also been found to reduce inflammation in the respiratory system and improve digestion.
Chicken actually contains more minerals like potassium, magnesium and phosphorous than beef. And the higher amount of electrolytes found in chicken will keep you hydrated and help maintain balanced levels of your kidneys and blood plasma.
So, which one is better? Both beef bone broth and chicken bone broth have significant benefits and are consumed by many to improve overall health of the body. When it comes to choice, you can’t go wrong with either one!