The latest hype in the health world is bone broth, which is exactly what it sounds like: the broth that is made by boiling animal bones. It may not sound particularly mouth-watering, but the long list of benefits that the broth can have for your body is definitely something worth drooling over.

 

Bone broth may seem like nothing more than the latest health fad du jour, but the truth is that it’s hardly new. Evidence suggests that our ancestors may have boiled bones to make broth early on as a way of using every part of the animal, and bone broth has a long history in Eastern medicinal and healing practices, as well. Now, it’s having a major moment in the limelight as health and wellness experts rave about its transformative health properties.

 

Even though it has not been on the mainstream health stage for long, bone broth has already been touted for its utility in improving joint health and pain, repairing damaged cell walls in your gut, treating allergies and autoimmune conditions, reducing inflammation, reducing cellulite, minimizing wrinkles, and combating acne. There’s some major diversity in the list of benefits, demonstrating that bone broth certainly works hard all over your body to improve health inside and out. One can only imagine that this will become even more apparent as more and more people share their experiences with the broth.

 

By allowing animal bones to simmer for a prolonged period of time, the bones release different nutrients into the broth which your body readily absorbs when you consume the liquid (realfoodforager.com)

By allowing animal bones to simmer for a prolonged period of time, the bones release different nutrients into the broth which your body readily absorbs when you consume the liquid (realfoodforager.com)

The science behind bone broth’s positive effects on health is in the compounds, like collagen and glycine, that are released from ligaments through the process of boiling bones. These are healing compounds which in turn have the power to completely change your health for the better when consumed.

 

At this point you might be thinking bone broth is worth a try after all. The good news is, you can make bone broth right in the comfort of your own kitchen. By combining your poultry, beef, fish or other bones with different herbs, vegetables, and spices, you can create a personalized broth which suits your individual taste. However, the process isn’t exactly a fast one; in order to get the full benefits that bone broth has to offer, you should allow your bones to simmer for at four hours at the very minimum, although it is suggested that you should actually boil them for about 24 hours, if not more.

 

Not quite ready to take on the rather time-consuming feat of preparing your own bone broth? Not a problem. You can purchase some ready-made bone broth to get you started, or even get your very own bone broth take-out at a location like New York City’s recently opened Brodo, which sells different variations of the broth in to-go coffee cups.

 

The fact is that with all of its health benefits, it doesn’t matter how you get your bone broth, simply that you do it.

 

Have you tried bone broth? Do you plan on sipping on it after reading all about its health benefits? Share with us below or tweet me @tamarahoumi