BONE BROTH BENEFITS
Some call bone broth meat water. We call it liquid gold.
What makes this stuff so special? The short answer is collagen. Bones and connective tissue are the only true dietary sources of type II collagen — a protein that’s known for keeping skin smooth and supple and teeth and joints strong, as well as touting dozens of other benefits.
So, these “scraps” that most of us usually toss in the garbage are serious nutritional powerhouses. But when was the last time you chowed down on a piece of cow’s knuckle? Or snacked on an ox tail? We’ll assume the answer is never.
Since we don’t eat bones in their whole form, cooking them into a broth that’s simmered for 10 to 20 hours (or more) is the best way to release their powerful nutrients, and experience a whole new level of benefits.
What Are the Benefits of Drinking Bone Broth?
Promote Gut & Digestive Health
Bone broth has a rich history of being used as a digestive tonic, especially in traditional cultures as far back as 2,500 years ago. Today, it’s one of the top recommended foods for supporting digestive health.
The reason bone broth supports the gut goes back to collagen, which forms gelatin when it’s cooked down even further. Collagen and gelatin contain amino acids such as glutamine that supports a healthy inflammatory response
Support Joint Mobility
What better way to nourish your bones and joints than by consuming more of the nutrients already found within them, including hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin, calcium, and magnesium. Bone broth contains all of these nutrients, plus several amino acids that support joint mobility and healthy inflammatory response like glycine proline. It’s for these reasons that bone broth is becoming a go-to drink among athletes.
A fun fact: Kettle and Fire Bone Broth was born because our co-founder, Nick, tore his ACL playing soccer and needed a high-quality bone broth to help speed up his recovery time. (You can read more on that here.)
Support Skin, Hair, and Nails
Even if you had never heard of bone broth before, you’ve probably heard of collagen, thanks to the beauty industry.
Many anti-aging skincare lines add collagen to their face creams, moisturizers, and serums (and sell them for a pretty penny). But what many people don’t know is that collagen molecules are too big to be absorbed through the skin, which means these creams can’t provide much in the way of results.
Deep, restful sleep is something we could all use a little more of. In fact, stats show the average person gets less than 7 hours of sleep per night, so it’s important to do everything you can to make those hours count.
Bone broth contains glycine, an amino acid that supports the Central Nervous System (CNS). When taken before bed as a supplement, studies show glycine may support sleep quality. It’s even more effective when paired with other sleep-supportive nutrients, like calcium and magnesium.
Enhanced Results on the Keto, Paleo and Intermittent Fasting Diets
The benefits of bone broth are so powerful, that an entire diet - The Bone Broth Diet has been created around it.
CHICKEN BONE BROTH BENEFITS
Contains collagen - Organic chicken bones (especially feet!) add extra collagen to your broth.
Chicken is a natural protein source and same goes for chicken bones. Kettle & Fire bone broth contains 10 grams of protein per serving.
Support gut health - chicken bone broth contains amino acids like glycine and glutamine that help keep your gut working properly, which aids in digestion and keeps your immune system in check.
BEEF BONE BROTH BENEFITS
Contains bone marrow - Bone broth made from 100% grass fed cattle and simmered over long cook times extracts bone marrow that contains nutrients your body will love.
Contains amino acids - Similar to chicken bone broth, the nutrients extracted from beef bones contain amino acids like glycine and glutamine that aids digestion and promotes gut health.
Can’t You Get Collagen From Plants?
No. Plants are a great source of vitamins and minerals that can help stimulate your body to produce its own collagen, but there is no known plant food that offers type II collagen, the form that offers all of the benefits listed above.
One thing to consider about bone broth that sets it apart from plant foods: Even if you do eat a variety of plants that contain collagen-boosting nutrients, if you have a weakened digestive system, you may not fully absorb them. On the other hand, the collagen in bone broth is incredibly easy to absorb, even for those with compromised digestive systems.
How to Get More Bone Broth into Your Diet
Of course, you don’t just have to drink it — although we do have a free and epic downloadable bone broth sipping guide for when you do. You can blend bone broth into your green smoothies, make yummy collagen gummy bears, and use it in everything from scrambled eggs, soups, curries, stews, breakfast bowls, and tacos.