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The Incredible Benefits of Bone Broth
The old saying “what’s old is new again” is certainly true, especially when we are talking about nutrition. Grandmothers and great-grandmothers everywhere are probably laughing at our modern culture just now “discovering” something that they have known all their lives: Bone broth is an inexpensive and important way to obtain vital nutrients.
If you have ever seen old drawings, pictures, or even movies that show homesteaders with a boiling pot of soup simmering over the fireplace, then you understand how it works (and just how long bone broth has actually been a part of our culture). This simmering pot was an easy base for soup and kept it germ free before there was refrigeration. Broth is simple and easy to make. By saving bones from previous meals, such as chicken, beef, or fish, you boil them in water with a little acid (such as vinegar) for a period of between 4 to 48 hours. Then all you need do is add vegetables, spices, and you have a perfect, super healthy soup.
One study conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center found the reason that chicken soup was so beneficial to those suffering with a cold or flu. They discovered that amino acids that are leeched into the water from chicken bones reduce the inflammation levels within the respiratory system and this improved digestion as well as the immune system in the gut.
If this sounds too easy to have so many health benefits, then keep reading. You will be surprised to find the many things that something as simple as bone broth can do for your health.
1. Great Source of Hard to Get Amino Acids
There are several essential amino acids that are difficult to get from diet alone, no matter how healthy you eat. Some of these important amino acids are:
- Glutamine – Glutamine is vital for the health of your digestive system. It’s been noted for its importance for skin health and prevention of allergies.
- Proline – This is a precursor for the production of collagen. This amino acid helps the body break down proteins and improves the elasticity of the skin, which means it can help prevent wrinkles. It’s known for the benefits it offers your heart and stops the stiffening of arteries.
- Arginine – This amino acid is important for proper kidney function, and wound healing. Evidence shows that arginine can also help to keep our arteries supple.
- Glycine – This amino acid is necessary for the synthesis of RNA and DNA, as well as good digestive health. Glycine is used to regulate blood sugar and the production of bile salt. It increases the levels of creatine and enhances muscle growth and repair.
Although these amino acids are not considered to be “essential” by scientists because our bodies do make some of them, it’s really only in small amounts. It’s important to get more amounts from dietary sources as well, and bone broth is an easy way to do exactly that.
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