The holiday season is a great time of year to consider the benefits of bone broth. It has a healing impact on the intestines, and on the whole body. For maximum efffect, some people do bone broth fasts on a regular basis where all they consume is bone broth. Or, before or after indulging in foods your body is less familiar with, drinking bone broth on an empty stomach can have a soothing and protective benefit for the digestive system.
For bone broth to be therapeutic, we need quality, properly prepared broth from healthy animals for it to work well. Even if we cannot always afford to buy the best meat, we could skip the meat and buy the bones- that's where the best of the best nutrients can be found. Farmers of pasture -raised animals take care of the land as well, as a critical way of taking care of the health of their animals.
I pulled up this article below and will list a few more underneath as I find them. I highly recommend giving bone broth a try. "The health benefits of bone broth are many. Almost every culture throughout history has used bone broth to make easily digested, healing soups and stews.
Chinese medicine uses bone broth for boosting the immune system, supporting digestive systems and building blood. Even your great-grandmother most likely made bone broth soups and stews often to keep sickness at bay.Bones from healthy, pasture raised animals are filled with a rich array of powerful nutrients that are released into the water when simmered at a low temperature."This website has some quality information about the benefits of healing from bone broth from optimum sources.
I copied parts of the following article from Nourished, an ethical, healthy eating site I enjoy.
What is Bone Broth?Bone broth is made with bones and can contain a small amount of meat adhering to the bones. As with stock (the two words are often interchangeable in traditional food circles), bones are typically roasted first to improve the flavor of the bone broth, but are simmered longer than traditional stock. Bone broths are simmered for a very long period of time (often in excess of 24 hours). This long cooking time helps to remove as many minerals and nutrients as possible from the bones. At the end of cooking, so many minerals have leached from the bones and into the broth that the bones crumble when pressed lightly. -nourishedkitchen.com
Why Grassfed?Meat, eggs, and dairy products from grassfed, pastured animals are ideal for your health. Compared with commercial products, they offer you more "good" fats, and fewer "bad" fats. They are richer in antioxidants; including vitamins E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Furthermore, they do not contain traces of added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs. -www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits
Compared with feedlot meat, meat from grass-fed beef, bison, lamb and goats has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids. Meat and dairy products from grass-fed ruminants are the richest known source of another type of good fat called “conjugated linoleic acid” or CLA. When ruminants are raised on fresh pasture alone, their products contain from three to five times more CLA than products from animals fed conventional diets. Grass-fed meat also has more vitamin E, beta-carotene and vitamin C than grain-fed meat. -www.chriskesser.com