What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is responsible for providing structural support to connective tissue, muscle, and skin. Collagen naturally occurs in the body, but as we age, it decreases. Eating foods containing collagen will help to replenish what we lose, the most collagen-rich being chicken bone broth.
What is collagen bone broth?
Bone broth is one of the rare foods that contains a form of collagen that the body can use right away. By cooking down the animal parts for a long period of time, collagen is released from the bones which results in a broth containing naturally-occurring collagen. Chicken bone broth specifically is rich in type II collagen which is great for skin, joint, and bone health.
What are the benefits?
#1 Improves digestion and promotes a healthy gut
Collagen is beneficial for restoring strength of the gut lining and fighting food sensitivities (such as to wheat or dairy). It also helps with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut and supports healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract.
Bone broth is easily digested and soothing to the digestive system, unlike many other foods, which can be difficult to fully break down. After all, a food is really only useful if we have the means of absorbing its nutrients.
Amino acids in collagen build the tissue that lines the colon and entire gastrointestinal tract, supplementing with collagen can support healthy digestive function.
#2 Maintains healthy skin, hair, nails, and reduces cellulite
Collagen helps form elastin and other compounds within skin that are responsible for maintaining skin’s youthful tone, texture and appearance. Collagen integrity is accredited with helping reduce the visible signs of wrinkles, decreasing puffiness and fighting various other signs of aging.
Many people report a decrease in cellulite when consuming foods and supplements containing collagen, since cellulite forms due to a lack of connective tissue, allowing skin to lose its firm tone.
#3 Supports joint health
As we get older, our joints naturally experience wear and tear, and we become less flexible. Also, as we age, cartilage diminishes.
One of the most valuable components of bone broth stock it provides us with building blocks that are needed to form and maintain strong bones. This helps take pressure off of aging joints and supports heathy bone mineral density.
#4 Supports immune system function
Bone broth is one of the most beneficial foods to consume to restore gut health and therefore support immune system function and healthy inflammation response.
Collagen/gelatin and the amino acids proline, glutamine and arginine help seal these openings in the gut lining and support gut integrity. Bone broth can even promote healthy sleep, boost energy during the day and support a healthy mood.
#5 Boosts metabolism and detoxification
Bone broth is considered a powerful detoxification agent since it helps the digestive system expel waste and promotes the liver’s ability to remove toxins. It also helps maintain tissue and improve the body’s use of antioxidants.
Bone broth collagen contains potassium and glycine which support both cellular and liver detoxification.
#6 Contains minerals and electrolytes
The minerals and electrolytes found in bone broth are provided in an easy-to-absorb form. The electrolytes included in bone broth are calcium, magnesium, and potassium (not to mention other minerals such as phosphorus). All of these play an important role in healthy circulation, bone density, nerve signaling function, heart health, and digestive health.
Bone broth contains an ideal balance of sodium and potassium to support cellular health and efficiency and prevent electrolyte imbalance.
Low and calories and high in minerals and other chemical compounds that many people lack makes bone broth a great addition to your everyday diet.
How to include it in your diet:
Using Bone Broth Protein is a great way to enjoy the benefits of bone broth when you don’t have hours and hours to simmer your own broth from scratch.
You can easily convert it to broth by adding one standard scoop to 12 ounces of water to create 1.5 cups of broth.
Protein powder from bone broth is also a great addition to soups, stews and casseroles; it also mixes with smoothies, pancakes, coffee or desserts and baked goods.
Must-try collagen bone broth recipe:
Peanut Butter Cookies
- ½ C coconut or almond flour
- 2 servings Uncommon Collagen Bone Broth
- 1 C peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp Stevia (optional)
Roll into balls and place on baking sheet. Press down with a fork. Bake in the over on 350 for 10-12 minutes or until firm.
Makes 22 cookies
Serving size: 2 cookies