Is Drinking Bone Broth Good for You?

by | Dec 9, 2022 | Issue 161, Issues | 0 comments

Maybe you've heard of people drinking bone broth for its nutritional benefits or think that it's the newest dietary fad for people looking to improve their health. But rest assured,...

Maybe you’ve heard of people drinking bone broth for its nutritional benefits or think that it’s the newest dietary fad for people looking to improve their health. But rest assured, it is much more than a fad. Bone broth has a whole host of positive benefits, which can be nutritionally beneficial even if you’re not looking to lose weight!


Can You Drink Bone Broth?

Yes! Bone broth is very safe to drink. In fact, it’s very much possible that you’ve already had bone broth which was added into a soup, gravy or broth as an ingredient. For hundreds of years, people have made bone broth by simmering the bones and connective tissues of almost any animal. 

The resulting broth is incredibly nutritious, with high amounts of calcium and other minerals needed for your bones. These nutrients can help strengthen and nourish your bones to make them strong and stable. Bone broth also has nutrients to support your joint health, vitamins and amino acids. Best of all, the process of simmering the bones makes it very easy for your body to absorb all the nutrients, making bone broth a nutrient-rich and easily accessible way to get more vitamins and minerals into your diet!  


Can Bone Broth Be Frozen?

Yes, it can! Bone broth is something that can very easily be stored because of how well it freezes. Normally, you can store bone broth in your fridge for up to five days. For longer periods, you can freeze it into containers and then heat it up as necessary. 


Can You Drink Bone Broth Every Day?

Bone broth is very safe to drink every day. There’s no real answer as to how much to drink everyday other than however much or little as you like. However, some recommend drinking one cup of bone broth each day to make sure you receive its health benefits, while others have noticed some particular advantages if you drink it in the morning or the evening.


Drinking Bone Broth in the Morning

Drinking bone broth in the morning can be very beneficial for women going through pregnancy. Bone broth can be a great way to receive nutrients without offending the stomach or risking vomiting a lot of solid food. Some expectant mothers have even reported that drinking bone broth in the morning helped soothe them and maintain their energy levels throughout the day. 

But even if you’re not pregnant, a very easily digested and nutrient-rich cup of bone broth in the morning is a great way to eat a small breakfast while still getting plenty of nutrients. Plus, it may even help soothe your stomach, too! 


Drinking Bone Broth Before Bed

Perhaps one of the most surprising benefits of bone broth is its ability to contribute to good sleep. One of the amino acids in bone broth has been shown to positively impact sleep for those suffering from insomnia and help regulate the body’s internal clock. Since this nutrient is very prevalent in bone broth, it’s thought that bone broth might similarly help your sleep. Admittedly, the research on bone broth and sleep is still limited, but there exists good reason to suggest that it could very likely have a positive effect!


Drinking Bone Broth While Pregnant

Beyond what we’ve already mentioned about morning sickness, bone broth can be a great support for pregnant mothers looking to maximize their nutrient intake. The nutrients mentioned earlier are absolutely integral during pregnancy to support the growth of the embryo’s eventual body. The magnesium in bone broth also helps pregnant women by relaxing the uterus muscles to prevent early contractions and make it easier to sleep at night. 

Bone broth also supports pregnant women by making the post-pregnancy period easier. Specifically, the high collagen levels in bone broth help make the skin more elastic, speeding up the recovery for new mothers and reducing the likelihood of stretch marks.


Drinking Bone Broth While Fasting

Strictly speaking, drinking bone broth will break your fast since it is not devoid of calories and contains nutrients like proteins and fat. So, if you’re on a strict fast where you should only be drinking water, bone broth is off the table. But, if you are adhering to a more lenient fast like intermittent fasting, you can use bone broth as a supplement to support your significantly reduced calorie intake, as long as you are okay with taking in a few calories.  


How Often Should You Drink Bone Broth On Keto

Unfortunately, bone broth is not particularly helpful for some forms of the keto diet, depending on how much fasting you are implementing into your plan. It’s important to note that the calories, fats and proteins in bone broth release insulin, which can end ketosis. However, if you are on longer forms of the keto diet that are more oriented toward 24-hour fasts, the small amounts of calories and fats in bone broth might make it okay for you to consume, as long as you carefully watch your intake. 


Does Drinking Bone Broth Help You Lose Weight?

Bone broth is a great way to help support a weight loss journey. This is because bone broth is very high in protein, which can help regulate appetite, increase weight loss and maintain muscles while still being very low in calories. This makes bone broth a great tool to help satisfy hunger cravings with low calories while maintaining your vital nutrient levels at a calorie deficit. 


Drinking Bone Broth for Fertility

Bone broth can also help support fertility through the provision of key nutrients. Because it is so nutrient-dense with lots of proteins and good fats, bone broth can help regulate your body’s hormones and boost your fertility. This is true for both men and women!


Does Drinking Bone Broth Improve Skin Health?

Bone broth provides the key components of healthy skin. Your skin, or dermis, is largely made of collagen. This protein helps improve skin quality by helping it to maintain moisture and elasticity

This is where bone broth comes in. The high amounts of collagen in bone broth can give your skin the building blocks it needs to construct itself as healthy as possible. 


Why You Should Drink More Bone Broth

Regardless of whether you’re a pregnant mother, a person looking for a more balanced diet or even someone looking for healthier skin and bones, bone broth is a diet supplement that you can benefit from. Bone broth is an extremely efficient delivery method for some of your body’s most important building blocks. By giving your body more of these building blocks, you’re supporting healthy skin, bones, joints and tissues to create the healthiest version of you possible. 

Bone broth is so much more than a fad. It’s a traditional diet component that humans have been using for hundreds of years but, for some reason, we’ve largely forgotten about. However, the benefits of bone broth are too great to ignore any further. Bone broth is an enormous opportunity to help balance your body’s diet. Don’t miss out on enjoying a healthier you; instead, start incorporating more bone broth into your diet!

Luke Argue

Luke Argue

Luke Argue is a junior in the government department at Patrick Henry College. Aside from writing, Luke enjoys playing volleyball, reading about foreign affairs, and studying world cultures and religions.