From a healthy gut to radiant skin and a boosted immune system, learn which health benefits of bone broth are worth the buzz.
1.Heal and seal your gut
A cup of bone broth a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome, but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts, according to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach. The gelatin in the bones typically used for making broth (such as knuckles, feet, and other joints) is said to help seal up holes in intestines. (People who have leaky gut syndrome have porous intestinal lining.) This “patching” can help ease chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.
2. Protect your joints
Taking glucosamine supplements has long been used as a first line of treatment for people with joint pain, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine, too. Unlike pills, the broth offers other nutritional and health benefits that can help reduce pain. Chondroitin sulfate, which is found in the cartilage that protects joints, for example, has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.
3. Look younger
Bone broth is a rich source of collagen, which is also naturally occurring in the body as a joint protector and stabilizer. Experts are torn on whether the skin-firming, joint-strengthening benefits of ingesting collagen are there, but studies have shown an improvement in skin’s elasticity and fine lines from collagen supplements.
4. Sleep better
Research has shown that glycine, found in bone broth, may help improve sleep and ward off fatigue.
5. Support healthy immune system
Because of bone broth’s high concentration of minerals, Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, goes as far as to call bone broth a “superfood” that can strengthen your immune system. (Maybe your grandma was right about feeding you endless bowls of chicken soup when you got sick.)
6. Increase bone strength
The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seep out into the broth, leaving you to sip all those essential nutrients for your own healthy bones.
7. Supplement your diet
While bone broth cannot (and should not) be your means for essential nutrients like amino acids, if you don’t regularly eat meat, it can help supply amino acids from animal protein via bones. Amino acids are important for muscle recovery and energy—two key pieces of your fitness performance.
8. Eat healthier
While the bone broth trend might have started with drinkable broth in a cup, there are many other ways you can eat and cook with bone broth.