Now that the weather is cooling down, you want to eat food that can really warm up your bones to shake off the chill. Having broth is a delicious and nutritious way to feel all warm and cozy again. And the good news is, bone broth won’t just warm up your bones, it will strengthen them, too!
With aging, there is a greater risk of bone loss, bone fractures, and osteoporosis. You can bulk up your intake of calcium and vitamin D, but research suggests that bone broth can offer benefits to your bones, too.
Jennifer McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen, wrote in her book, “Rich in minerals and amino acids, bone broths can provide a much-needed source of these nutrients and are rich in gelatin, which helps to support both digestive and skin health.”
It also seems that the gelatin from bone broth can provide additional benefits for bones. Author of Nourishing Broth, Sally Fallon wrote, “Gelatin . . . provides the amino acids the body needs to make the ‘glue’ we call connective tissue. In the form of twisted cables, collagen strengthens the tendons that connect muscle to the bone and the ligaments that connect bones together . . . collagen is the secret to well-lubed and well-cushioned joints.”
As you can see, warming up with some homemade bone broth is an easy way to keep joints well lubricated and bones strong.
Making bone broth is really easy, and you can prepare it in large quantities and freeze it, so it’s readily available whenever you need. All it takes is simmering some beef, pork, or chicken bones for 10 to 24 hours in a slow cooker. This allows for the collagen, marrow, amino acids, and other nutrients to be drawn out of the bones.
Now that you have ready-made broth, you can easily use it whenever you need. You can even add some nutrients and turn it into a hearty soup. You can incorporate carrots, spinach, kale, basically anything you like into the liquid base to boost its nutritional content and make it a powerhouse meal.
Aside from strengthening your bones, bone broth has been found to reduce the duration of cold and promote skin health. You’ll surely want to keep some bone broth in your freezer or fridge for these reasons.
Not in the mood for a soup? You can have a cup of broth – like a tea – for an instant health boost.