A staff and customer favourite at Daylesford, bone broth is one of our pantry staples and comes jam-packed with health benefits.
Our resident nutritionist, naturopath and wellness expert Rhaya Jordan recommends one cup of bone broth per day – from protecting our bones to detoxifying the liver and nourishing the skin, bone broth is an underrated health hero that we can’t get enough of.
One of the best parts about it is the ease of preparation – our bone broth comes ready made straight from our Cotswolds farm’s kitchens so all you have to do is heat it over the hob, sip and enjoy.
Read on to explore ten reasons why we love bone broth.
1 – NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSe
Bone broth is known to be rich in vitamins and nutrients including calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. As bone broth is in liquid form, many of these vitamins and nutrients are in a soluble form that can be easier to digest. According to Medical News Today, adding additional ingredients such as vegetables can provide even more of these essential nutrients and vitamins.
2 – PROTECTS JOINTS AND BONES
Many of us are becoming deficient in essential nutrients that support bone health including calcium. By slowly cooking bones in a bone broth, we dissolve the collagen and cartilage of the bones into the broth, and these glycoproteins become the building blocks of our joints, keeping us lubricated and moving freely. These glycoproteins simply cannot be found in vegetables, fruits, pulses, nuts or grains alone, so we recommend including bone broth as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
3 – NOURISHES THE SKIN
The gelatin found in bone broth is a great boost for skin, hair and nails. As tissues and bones contain collagen, cooking the collagen turns it into gelatin which provides the body with essential amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Proteins are what support cell renewal, so giving ourselves a boost of these with bone broth can aid regeneration of cells, something our body naturally does less of as we age. Therefore, including bone broth in your diet can be an easy beauty tonic.
4 – HEALS THE GUT
We are what we digest, and many of our guts are suffering from poor diets, rushed eating, bad digestion and stress. Over time, this can cause damage to the gut lining. The gelatin in bone broth can bind water in the digestive tract, protecting the lining of your intestines and aiding repair. This combined with a fibre-rich foods including fermented foods can help to maintain a healthy, happy gut, which in turn can support immunity. Explore our organic ferments and their benefits here.
5 – AIDS SLEEP
The amino acids found in bone broth may also promote better sleep. A 2015 study in found that the amino acid glycine is a safe therapeutic option to improve sleep, and that people who take glycine before sleeping may feel that they sleep better and feel more rested the following day. A simple way to achieve this is to have a cup of bone broth with your dinner.
6 – HYDRATION
Bone broth is known to provide electrolytes and carbohydrates, and can rehydrate us better than water alone due to the electrolytes it contains. So, drinking one cup per day can give your body a hydrating boost alongside the cups of water you should already be drinking.
7 – A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION
At Daylesford we have a zero food waste policy, which is why our bone broth is one of our most-loved products. Making use of the whole animal and ensuring nothing goes to waste, our bone broths are made from our grass-pastured, organic cattle and chicken bones. Our talented chefs cook them down slowly overnight until the bones become soft, then filter off the liquid and add any remains to our compost heap.
8 – ALL ABOUT UMAMI
Bone broth is umami which is one of the five basic tastes. This means it is a delicious, satisfyingly salty flavour that is brilliant as part of a soup, stew and risotto, giving flavour and depth to a variety of these dishes.
9 – VERSATILE
Bone broth is as versatile as it is delicious. Pour it over boiled or roasted vegetables for a delicious warming soup, have it in a mug to start or end your day, or use it to make the most of leftovers. For example, if you have leftover chicken or other meat from a roast, heat up the meat before pouring over the warm broth for a delicious leftover-turned-soup which will nourish you from the inside out. Or try adding more exotic ingredients such as soy sauce and noodles for an Asian-inspired broth.
10 – BETTER THAN SHOP-BOUGHT STOCKS
Regular stock cubes can be filled with added chemicals, flavourings and colour. We’re proud that our bone broth is the pure product, without any added ingredients that aren’t 100% organic and natural. In fact, our organic chicken bone broth is made of chicken, water, onion, celery, leeks, fennel, garlic, thyme, sea salt and black pepper – it’s as simple as that.
Shop our bone broths here – choose from chicken or beef, and build up a delicious soup with fresh Market Garden vegetables if you plan on visiting any of our farmshops. Our Cotswolds farm’s Zero Waste Pantry is also a great place to pick up loose fill grains to pair with your boths.
Or, explore our bone broth recipes to make your own at home. We promise you won’t be disappointed with this delicious dish.