Bone broth offers many health benefits, it’s not just an old wives’ tale! It is full of protein, magnesium, calcium and it is rich in other valuable minerals, in a form which the body can easily absorb, and which help form healthy bones. It also helps to enhance nail and hair growth due to the gelatin. Diabetes, arthritis, and digestive disorders, such as ulcerative colitis, are just some of the many diseases which are driven by inflammation. Compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage in bone broth can help to reduce inflammation and joint pain. Amino acids in the broth, such as glycine, proline, and argine, also have anti-inflammatory effects. Glycine may also benefit sleep, as well as support the body’s detoxification process, plus it is used in the synthesis of haemoglobin, which is essential for healthy blood. To add to its wonders, bone broth also ‘heals and seals’ the gut; gelatin found in the broth attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, which help support proper digestion. Another constituent, L-Glutamine, helps to heal the gut lining, particularly relevant when people are suffering with leaky gut, which may lead to allergies and a whole array of undiagnosed symptoms. There is interesting research relating to bone broth alleviating some autism symptoms in children. Bone broth is also great for relieving colds, ‘flu and viruses as it inhibits neutrophils (inflammatory cells) and mitigates the effects of upper respiratory infections. Bone broth is easy to make and can be produced in large batches that can be frozen for convenience. You can use leftover carcasses from your Sunday lunch, and add further healing ingredients such as turmeric, garlic, onions and ginger. Unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar will help to extract the valuable vitamins and minerals from the bones. There are lots of recipes available for bone broth. I can’t stress enough, though, to use only organic free range chicken bones or organic grass fed beef or lamb bones. If you eat meat or dairy products, remember that you are not just what you eat, but what the animal ate, too!