We spoke to from Sara Jackson, Nutritionist and Naturopath of SJ Health to find out why she recommends bone broth to her clients, especially all the models she sees in clinic…
I love simple superfoods. I often talk about things like garlic, ginger and even eggs which most people wouldn’t regard as ‘superfoods’ but they have such amazing impacts on your health they seriously deserve a superhero title. The biggest superhero of them all, which I recommend to most of my clients is bone broth. It’s not just hipster cafes and broth bars who are extolling it’s virtues. I know of several mainstream GP’s who are recommending proper bone broth alongside conventional medicine because of it’s enormous healing properties. s.
Bone broth is pretty much what your grandma used to just call plain old stock, only it’s boiled for way longer hence the differentiation in the name. It’s boiled for up to 24 hours in order to reap the full benefits. Adding apple cider vinegar to your pot helps to draw out all the minerals from the grass-fed bones. It needs this long cooking process in order for the gelatin and collagen to be released from bones which will go solid when cold.
So why should you “boil your bones” to quote the Hemsley sisters who have helped make bone broth fashionable? It’s hands down, one of the cheapest and easiest way to transform your health. Here’s my top 3 benefits showing what it can do for you:
1. Bone broth gives amazing joint support.
It contains naturally occurring chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid. These are the compounds found in expensive supplements to combat inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. So save your money and sip on bone broth to help ease any niggling joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases.
2. It can up your beauty game.
It is full of collagen and gelatine which form the basis of a lot of those beauty products we’ve shelled out entire pay cheques on. The difference is the effect happens from the inside out. The broth actually nourishes the epidermis, dermis, and underlying connective tissue layers of the skin from the inside out with collagen and elastin, and may even plump out and smooth out fine lines and heal scars. Some of the minerals in bone broth are just what dull skin and dry hair might be screaming out for, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicon, sulfur, and phosphorous. I regularly recommend bone broth to everyone but especially a lot of my model clients for this very reason.
3. Bone broth boosts immunity and healthy digestion.
This amazing bone broth based, chicken soup recipe Bodyism has created is just what the doctor ordered. Literally. The nutrients in bone broth especially gelatine help boost the immune system. Chicken contains cysteine, the amino acid which helps to thin mucus out, so bone broth should be your go-to cold and flu remedy. Bone broth actually heals your gut lining via amazing compounds like glutamine, collagen, glycine and proline which reduces the intestinal inflammation that can be at the root of so many digestive and auto immune disorders.
Okay. I’ll make some bone broth. Now what?
It’s important to note that it’s crucial you only use grass-fed bones when making broth in order to keep the nasties out and maximise all those goodies listed above. Here is an amazingly simple recipe from Daylesford.
However if you find life gets in the way, you can always keep a regular supply via my two favourite brands whose bone broth is as good as home made, Ossa’s bone broth available on Ocado and Borough Bone Broth.