The Nutritional Value and Benefits of Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth

Sankar Shubham

Bone broth may not be on your culinary radar at the moment but if you have ever had it then you will know exactly what I'm talking about when I say it is delectable. Don't believe me? Then just try some yourself one night and I'll give you a demonstration. You won't believe it!

Bone broth is simply a liquid comprising dried bones, meat and other connective tissues and bones. Since this varies from person to person, you can't say for certain how many bones and other tissues went into it, because this largely depends upon the type and amount of the ingredients used. Typically, the bones are not ground up, but are merely soaked in water and combined with an equal amount of water. The mixture is further composed of herbs, spices, vegetables, seasonings and sometimes even milk or cheese. Some people add white wine or cider vinegar to the mixture to enhance its flavor. This may also depend on individual preference.

One of the best ways to make your own is by combining vegetables like celery and asparagus with lean white meat like chicken, turkey or beef, which will help in retaining essential nutrients like minerals, vitamins and proteins. You can either make the broth with whole chicken bones, ground up bones or just buy it already reconstituted. Another interesting combination would be to make a vinaigrette with your bone broth powder. You could serve it with raw crackers or sliced cucumbers to freshen the taste and reduce the number of calories you are taking in.

There are many health benefits of bone broth powder. The most common health benefit associated with it is that of aiding in relieving muscle pain. The mixture helps in healing sore muscles and providing temporary relief from rheumatoid arthritis. It also aids in treating: varicose veins, sunburns, scrapes, burns, athlete's foot, bee stings, jock itch, herpes, mosquito bites, and menstrual cramps. In addition to these, it also has some good effect on allergies, hay fever, asthma, eczema, bronchitis, chicken pox, shingles in adults and acne, rhinitis, colds, flu, coughs, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, varicose veins, lupus, sinusitis, urinary tract infections, thrush, and food allergies. Because of its high concentration of amino acids, the liquid supplements offer lots of antioxidants.

However, there are several other health benefits of this powder. For example, it can improve one's health if taken regularly. For instance, studies have shown that taking it on a regular basis helps increase the absorption of iron and improves the functioning of the liver. It can also increase the production of bile acids in the liver. In addition, people who want to lose weight can benefit from drinking beef bone broth.

This product is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and protein. Its nutritional value is thus quite helpful for osteoarthritis sufferers. Moreover, collagen and elastin fibers in bone broth stimulate new bone growth. Collagen and elastin in bone broth encourage the growth of tissues that replace those that are destroyed by age. In other words, it promotes tissue repair resulting in less wrinkled skin and joints.

But perhaps the most important health benefit of this nutrient-dense broth is that it helps prevent cancer. Research has shown that it reduces the risk of prostate, colon, breast, cervical, stomach, and esophageal cancer. People who take it regularly can reduce the risk of stroke, certain types of heart diseases, and even diabetes. Some of the ingredients of grass-fed beef bone broth that have been known to increase the efficacy of its antioxidants include: soy extract, sodium caseinate, wakame (Japanese sea kelp), and calcium.

The mineral and vitamin contents of this nutrient-rich liquid provide essential amino acids necessary for bone formation and repair. Moreover, it provides B vitamins and protein necessary for healthy immune functions. Since bones play a vital role in maintaining proper bone density and strength, a diet rich in it can help prevent osteoporosis. This is also the reason why it is used in certain supplements for the purpose of bone re-growth. Proper bone broth intake also promotes collagen and elastin production, which are vital for the production of connective tissue.