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Should You Be Drinking Bone Broth?

Bone broth is like chicken soup on steroids, and it's particularly rich in healing nutrients.

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Boiling and simmering the bones of (healthy) animals produces a nutrient-dense broth (technically a stock) that’s rich in collagen, gelatin, amino acids and trace minerals, is very easy to digest, and – according to its advocates – is a great booster of healing, particularly of the gut. 

The author of Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet (Rodale, 2015), Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND, said on a Bulletproof Radio podcast that bone broth is “one of the most profound and important things that I’ve ever used in practice to get results from my patients.”

There’s not a lot of research on bone broth per se, and conventional science remains skeptical about its reputed superfood status. That said, we should note that there was no conventional science to back the centuries-old use of chicken soup as a healing remedy for colds until 2000! 

Even though more research is needed on the health benefits of bone broth, it provides a lot of nutrients that used to be in our diet and no longer are (like gelatin); it makes sense to me that it’s at least as good for you as clean chicken soup, and probably even better.

Check out our favorite supermarket bone broths.