The benefits of bone broth (yes, it’s really that good)

By Marie-Antoinette Issa & Rachel O'Regan |

I Quit Sugar - Lamb Broth from Lee Holmes

Bone broth is PACKED with health benefits. 

Yep, even your great-great-grandmother was all over it (and probably didn’t charge folks $15 to drink it out of a dusty mason jar).

In fact, as Sarah says in I Quit Sugar: Simplicious, “Bone broth is made with cheap bones or carcasses you can get from your butcher, and is simmered for a super-long time. Food fad cynics hate it when stock is called broth. Thus I call it bone stock. It’s essentially the same stuff.” Ahhh, semantics.

What’s all the fuss about?

When cooked over a long time, minerals leach into the liquid,” says Sarah. “These minerals are easy to digest in this soupy form and can boost the immune system.”

Theses minerals and essential acids are abundant, including:

  • Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals, which are easily absorbable, and required for general health.
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin, which may relieve of arthritis and joint pain.
  • Glycine, which may combat stress and inflammation.
  • Collagen, which is great for hair, skin and nails.
  • Gelatin, which we know to be a boon for gut health.

Want to fast-track it? There’s an easier way.

While bone stock has a stack of health benefits, it’s 24-hour-plus cooking time can be a prohibitive (especially in the Aussie summer sun). And the shop-bought stock cubes just don’t cut it if you’re looking for all those health boons.

But like bone stock, gelatin is also made from boiled-down bones, providing a complete source of protein and 18 essential amino acids.

Better still, you can make gelatin into delicious (and kid-friendly) gummies, panna cotta and even sour worms. A quick and easy way to get the good stuff into your belly.

And, if you’re in Australia, you can buy our 100 per cent natural, Australian-made and ethically-sourced Gut Lovin’ Gelatin. Read even more about the reported health benefits with our crash course to gelatin here.

We originally published this post in December 2015. We updated it in June 2017.

Have you tried stock or gelatin for health? How are you finding it?

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