Bone Broth and Gut Health Benefits
For thousands of years bone broths have been a staple of traditional diets all over the world. Bone broth is a mineral-rich infusion made by boiling animal bones with vegetables, herbs, and spices. Many societies around the world still consume bone broth regularly in their diets, and it has become increasingly popular again with an interest in gut health, and a return to ancestral traditions.
Bone broth has a rich history of being used as a digestive tonic and immune supporter, dating back over 2,500 years. Our ancestors practiced nose-to-tail eating and consumed all parts of the animal to nourish the body and get key nutrients which our modern diets are lacking in. Bone broth is an easy way to get these nutrients into the diet, and it is often recommend as part of gut supporting protocols.
Gut health is vital for overall health and especially important for our immune system as around 70% of our immune cells reside in the gut. The health of our gut is linked to many symptoms and inflammatory conditions, so it is key to support it as the basis of any health protocol. The integrity of the gut lining is critical, if the lining is weakened then things can seep through which shouldn’t, this leakiness can trigger inflammation and autoimmune responses where the body attacks its own tissues.
Bone broth contains lots of gut supporting nutrients and compounds and is often recommended as a rich source of nourishment, with its anti-inflammatory and soothing amino acid profile. It is rich in glutamine which helps to support the gut lining and acts as an energy source for the epithelial and immune cells in the gut. Studies have shown glutamine can protect the gut lining from becoming permeable and heal the intestinal barrier. Bone broth also contains collagen which nourishes the intestinal lining and is anti-inflammatory. The gelatine in bone broth is also soothing and helps maintain the mucosal lining of the gut, this in turn helps to support motility and healthy bowel movements. Other amino acids in bone broth like arginine and proline help to build tissue in the digestive tract and support intestinal health. Another amino acid glycine also helps to stimulate the production of stomach acid which is vital for digestion, so enjoying broth before, or with a meal can be an easy way to support proper digestion, it’s also a key part of bile acid which helps to digest fats in the small intestine. The glycosaminoglycans in bone broth continually restore the intestinal lining which is critical for proper functioning of the digestive and immune system.
Bone broth provides a unique nutritional profile containing collagen protein and an abundance of minerals and complementary nutrients to support the gut and overall health. Bone broths nutrients are highly bio-available which is important if you have digestive issues or a weakened digestive system.
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