Now, I always imagined bone broth tasting like beef stock or the delicious liquid left over from your two-minute noodles but NO! It tastes like BONE BROTH aka. water infused with animal bones. Now, on reflection, I cannot understand why I was so surprised by the taste upon my first sip but retrospect has 20/20 vision.
If this jar of expensive bone water is so bloody offensive to both my bank account and taste buds, why did I buy it? In fact, why are so many people raving about it?!?! I had no choice but to investigate because I have 99% of this jar left and an odd determination to finish it.
Before I go into the list of health benefits you may be thinking “damn Carly, wouldn’t you have checked the health benefits beforehand?” To that, I say, whoops. This is a lesson to all the kids out there, don’t just blindly follow a health trend because everyone is getting on board. Educate yoself.
Full disclosure: I am not nor will I ever be a nutritionist. I am simply a girl with an internet connection and a keyboard sharing my thoughts and stories.
So what are the health benefits of drinking bone broth?
Well, The Beauty Chef has been quite the cheerleader for bone broth discussing it’s mineral and nutrient density as a key reason to include it in your daily diet. The key minerals in nutrients in bone broth include:
- gelatin – and what it is derived from, collagen. I like to think of gelatin as a glue that connects and fixes our body tissue.
- proline and glycine – these are amino acids that helps your body regenerate cells (known as protein biosynthesis)
- glutamine – similar to proline and glycine it is an amino acid promoting protein biosynthesis while also supporting your immune system. A lot of people take a glutamine supplement to reduce muscle soreness after training.
- glucosamine and chondroitin – these guys are full of anti-inflammatory properties
- magnesium – we can thank magnesium for a whole lot more than I ever realised. Not only does it help reduce muscle soreness and induce a deeper sleep, magnesium also helps our body with energy to break down food, regulate our nervous system, maintain and regenerate our DNA and helps our biosynthesis process. Research has also shown that magnesium can help people with depression because of its role in brain function and mood. This is because it calms the nervous system and promotes good quality sleep.
- calcium – I think we are all very aware that calcium is good for bone health, but did you know that calcium helps to prevent colon and prostate cancers? Calcium also has positive effects on your cardiovascular system and your blood pressure.
- phosphorus – like calcium, phosphorus is good for bone health but phosphorus provides a wealth of benefits. It helps to filter out waste from the kidneys, maintain cardiovascular health, promote protein biosynthesis, balance and utilise vitamins that your body is storing and look after your DNA generation process.
- sulphur – this is a key ingredient in antioxidants and plays a key role in detoxification.
Okay, I finally educated myself on bone broth and I think I am going to stick it out for these three key reasons:
Reason 1 | I want to improve and care for my digestive and gut health
In my defense, I knew about bone broths role in healing and improve gut and digestive health. I just didn’t know how.
The Healthy Chef , Teresa Cutter says that bone broth is rich in gelatin. Gelatin is pretty much the bee’s knees for connective tissue function and essentially repairs your gut, making everything function properly.
If you want to learn more about the importance of gut and digestive health and what leaky gut is I highly highly highly recommend Jess Sepel (JS Health). She is an absolute guru!
Reason 2 | I want to (one day) be free of antidepressants
While the study on magnesium and depression is not conclusive, it is a bloody good enough indication that I should at least give it a shot. What is the worst that could happen? I have to continue taking antidepressants? At least the magnesium help me a good night’s sleep.
Reason 3 | I want to help my body look after itself
The minerals and other essential nutrients in bone broth help to regenerate cells, strengthen bones and teeth, support the immune system, reduce inflammation, assists the cardiovascular system and reduces blood pressure issues. I think all of these incredible positive effects outweigh the shitty taste.
Now please excuse me while I go and drink some bone broth.
As always thank you so so much for reading,