Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Selma Hayek are crediting it as the secret to their eternal youth. But is bone broth really the unlikely beauty secret of Hollywood stars?
We investigate further..
What is bone broth?
If you’ve ever poured boiling water over a stock cube, what you’ve got, is water that’s flavoured with salt, spices and probably MSG. Gently simmer bones (beef, pork, chicken or fish) with your preferred vegetables, herbs and spices for at least 12-24 hours, and what you’ve got, is bone broth, one of the most comforting, nutritious drinks in the world.
Simple Bone Recipe
- 1 kg beef marrow
- 750g beef (or other meat) bones
- 50ml apple cider vinegar
- 2 litres filtered water
- Vegetables and herbs of your choice
- Place everything in a large pot and bring to the boil
- Reduce the heat as low as it will go and simmer for 12-24 hours
- If you’re not comfortable leaving it simmering overnight, turn off, cover, and resume in the morning
- Strain the broth through a fine sieve, season to taste and drink as is, or store in the fridge for up to 7 days (freezer for up to 6 months.
The five reasons to drink bone broth
Protects your joints
When you simmer bones gently, they release both collagen and gelatin. Collagen is responsible for keeping your skin elastic and healthy-looking, but its main role is in protecting your joints from wear and tear. Gelatin plays a similar role, allowing your joints to glide and move freely. Age, exercise, arthritis, they all take a toll on your joints, and bone broth is one of the most abundant sources of the nutrients needed to lessen the blow.
Helps protect your gut
Sounds gross, we know, but leaky gut is extremely common, and if you have it, it prevents you from fully absorbing the nutrients in your food. It’s the gelatin and collagen in bone broth which helps seal the intestinal lining, restoring it to normal.
Healthy, elastic skin
Those collagen injections are unnecessary and expensive. All you really need is the occasional cup of bone broth, rich in collagen, to help restore your skin’s natural elasticity. As we age, or if we spend too much time in the sun, collagen production slows or is disrupted, which causes skin to look worn out, tired and loose. Bone broth helps to fill your skin with collagen again, reversing those effects.
Strong immune system
You’re already getting plenty of collagen and gelatin, that we know, but bone broth is also rich in amino acids, both essential and non-essential, which play a crucial role in every single reaction in your body. Without them, you can’t repair, grow, or feel at your best. You’ll also benefit from vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamins A, C, D, E and K, which all play roles in keeping your immune system and energy levels in top shape.
Build muscle, recover faster
You can thank those amino acids for this. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and feeding your body with a consistent and quality supply of them, means you’ll always be building lean muscle, shredding fat and keeping soreness at bay.