Chicken soup is no longer the go-to-dish for comfort and healing. Bone broth is the way to go if you want to feel better, look better and lose weight, too.
Recognized as a superfood, bone broth has a high concentration of minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfates and fluoride. Key nutrients such as collagen, glucosamine, and gelatin are essential in maintaining a healthy gut and are particularly helpful for those suffering from a variety of digestive problems.
Naturopathic physician and weight-loss specialist Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND, reinforced Paleo proponents of home-cooked bone broth as a beneficial healing tool with the recent publication of “Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet.” The bestseller guide and cookbook advises that the broth diet will help you :lose up to 15 pounds, 4 inches – and your wrinkles! – in just 21 days.” She emphasizes that bone broth is rich in fat-burning nutrients, gut-healing and anti-inflammatory minerals and skin-tightening collagen.
Benefits of Bone Broth:
• helping to heal leaky gut syndrome and protect healthy intestinal lining
• soothing the gastrointestinal tract for those with gastric ulcers
• sealing intestinal holes to address chronic diarrhea, constipation, and food sensitivities
• strengthening joints and bones
• rebuilding tendons and ligaments for faster injury recovery
• preventing and treating osteoarthritis
• nourishing joints, tendons, ligaments, mucus membranes, skin, hair and nails
• improving sleep and memory
• maintaining healthy blood cholesterol
• minimizing healing time for hospitalized patients
• relieving auto-immune disorders
There are several disadvantages to keep in mind if you are considering adding bone broth to your diet, including a possibility of high lead levels from the lead stored in animals. Additionally, bones derived form non-organic, grass-fed animals may contain toxins.
Bone broth can be made with beef, chicken, turkey or fish bones. Add seasonings, throw in a few pieces of celery and carrots, and simmer pre-roasted bones on the stove for 24 hours or longer.