It’s not a new superfood or an overnight sensation, but it did just get a huge endorsement from 51-year-old actress Halle Berry. Bone broth has been being used as a medicine for decades, but recently it has popped up in headlines with claims that it makes your skin look younger and improves digestive and bone health.
“You can make it, you can go to the butcher and get all the bones they’re going to throw away and he’ll give them to you for free. Take the bones, boil them up for 24 hours… and you drink the broth,” Berry told Extra. She added: “It’s so full of collagen that it’s crazy.”
Bone broth or stock is made from meat and often vegetables.
“It’s also low in calories that makes it already attractive and there’s a trend where people want to consume liquids since they’re easy and portable to consume,’ Abbey Sharp, of “Abbey’s Kitchen,” said.
“People are looking to re-purpose ancient medicine [and] have become more socially conscious… sustainability is a huge trend. Making bone broth is a great way to use up all of a food without throwing it out,” she says.
One cup of bone broth, depending on the type of meat, should have less than 100 calories and up to six grams of protein. It also has a lot of sodium (about 343 mg per cup) and 7 mg of calcium.
Sharp says there are several health claims attached with bone broth, one of the most popular ones is how it can improve the appearance of your skin.
“[It] contains collagen which is known to improve joint pain and support skin and hair health, however, the collagen consumed in bone broth does not get absorbed and sent to your joints. Instead, it gets broken down into amino acids like other proteins which become building blocks for your tissues,” she explains.
Kellyann Petrucci, a naturopathic doctor and author of Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet, said that as we age, our bodies produce less collagen.
“As a result, we start getting wrinkles, our hair gets thinner and weaker, and our nails aren’t as strong. This is why it’s smart to start adding collagen to your diet as you age — especially once you’re past 30.”
She recommends having one cup of bone broth per day, as well as a collagen supplement or protein powder.
“In plain English, collagen supplementation can make your skin more elastic, more dewy and less wrinkly. It does this by strengthening the collagen matrix in your skin.”
How to make bone broth:
- Pick your favourite meat (chicken, beef, lamb, pork or other)
- Debone it
- Add your favourite vegetables like onion, carrot or celery
- Add some herbs like parsley or spices
- Place bones in a large stock pot
- Pour water and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes in cold water
- Add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- Chop and add veggies
- Add herbs and spices
- Bring broth to a boil
- Reduce to simmer – check pot occasionally and skim excess foam and keep cooking for eight hours
- Remove pot from heat, strain and let cool before refrigerating
- Store up to five days in fridge and six months in the freezer