Bone broth (in German: beef bone broth) has experienced a real renaissance in recent years and is literally on everyone's lips. The soup made from gently cooked beef bones, which our grandmothers used to prescribe as a miracle cure for all sorts of ailments, is now sold in high-quality jars in organic markets and is becoming increasingly popular.
But what actually makes grandma's home remedies so healthy? Here are 4 good reasons why you should use beef bone broth.
1. Beef Bone Broth is an excellent source of collagen
Most people choose beef bone broth because of its high collagen content. Because 100ml of broth creates an average of up to 10g of collagen. The hours of gentle simmering just below the boiling point dissolves the collagen in the bones, cartilage and joints. Water and continuous heat ensure that bonds in the collagen triple helix are broken and float around in the cooking water as collagen peptides. If you let the finished broth cool down, it will gel. Because what many do not know: Gelatine consists mainly of collagen.
At 30%, collagen is the most common protein in our body and, as a structural protein, provides support for bones, joints, tendons and ligaments. In addition, the protein is an essential part of our connective tissue and ensures firm skin, healthy nail and hair growth.
Collagen is not essential as our body can synthesize it itself. However, the amino acids glycine, alanine, proline and hydroxyproline must be present in sufficient quantities. In addition, collagen formation only works if enough vitamin C is available, as it supports enzymes in collagen synthesis. From the age of 25, the body's own collagen production usually decreases. Later, this manifests itself primarily through increased formation of wrinkles, more frequent joint problems and loss of elasticity in tendons and muscles.
2. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids
It should be clear to everyone these days that omega-3 fatty acids are healthy. What is less well known is that substantial amounts of the essential fatty acids can also be found in beef bone broth. The bone marrow of grazing cattle in particular consists largely of omega-3 fatty acids. 100 grams contain 1.3 g of the essential fatty acids and thus only about 20% less than salmon, the most well-known omega-3 supplier.
Omega-3 fatty acids are involved in numerous metabolic processes in the body, are an essential part of our cell membranes and ensure that they remain supple. In addition, the fatty acids are required for the synthesis of various hormones. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect and are said to strengthen the body's immune system.
3. May help with digestive problems
Hyaluronic acid should be familiar to our readers in particular. Because it has been an integral part of almost all skin creams for years because it helps to store moisture in the skin. The athletes among you are most likely familiar with chondroitin sulfate or glucosamine - the main ingredients in many joint and cartilage health supplements. All three substances belong to the class of glycosaminoglycans and are found in bone marrow and joints and are therefore particularly concentrated in beef bone broth.
Due to their ability to bind water, they moisturize the skin and lubricate the joints. They can also support mucus formation in the intestines and protect them from injuries and pathogens. It is assumed that people with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease also benefit from regular intake.
4. Good supplier of minerals
However, simmering for hours does not only release proteins. Vital minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium are also released from the bone. How many minerals end up in the soup is determined by the quality of the bones (type of feeding + type of husbandry of the animals) and the duration of the heat supply.
Potassium, calcium and magnesium make beef bone broth particularly interesting for athletes or people with IBD (chronic inflammatory bowel disease) who have an increased need for electrolytes or who absorb minerals less well due to chronic diarrhea.
Even though there are now numerous ready-made beef bone broths on the market, beef bone broth can and should be cooked at home if possible. Because to get proper nutrient concentrations, the broth should simmer for at least a day. Unfortunately, many of the ready-made bone broths are cooked for less than 24 hours. If the product does not gel after cooling, this is often the first indication of a low collagen and nutrient content.
If long cooking is too time-consuming for you, you will find a quick, nutritious alternative in the carnivoro shop with Nordic Kings beef bone broth . Grass-fed pasture-raised beef bones (mainly ribs, marrow and leg bones) are simmered in filtered water for 72 hours and then gently dehydrated. This ensures that our organic beef bone powder contains the highest possible concentration of minerals. And with over 40 portions of 12 g per pack, our bone broth should also be the price-performance winner.