If you follow health trends, I’m sure you have heard the buzz about the amazing health benefits of bone broth. For many, it has become the new coffee and is encouraged to be enjoyed straight out of the mug regularly if desired, as opposed to just using it in the kitchen as a soup base. And to fill you in, people aren’t just buzzing about this because it is trendy. There are actually real health benefits to consuming it. If you are in the dark about what I am talking about, let me fill you in really quickly.

I’m not talking about the broth you buy at the grocery store in a carton. No, that stuff is often made with ‘lab-produced’ meat flavors in bouillon cubes and sauces. I am talking about homemade, slow cooked bone broth made with bones from healthy grass-fed, pastured raised or wild caught animals. REAL broth is a staple in nearly every traditional culture and was a way our ancestors made use of every part of an animal, for good reason.

When bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments from any healthy animal raised on their natural diet are boiled and simmered in water for multiple hours, an incredible healing compound collagen is released from the bones. There are many other powerful healing components the are released as well, but collagen is one of the major healing components of this traditional superfood.

So, what exactly is collagen and what are its amazing health benefits, you may be asking

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is the main building block of connective tissue, including tendons and ligaments and is also an important building block for the skin. Our bodies production of collagen naturally slows as we age, which is why older people have wrinkly skin, loss of hair, and often weak and brittle bones and joints. Getting adequate collagen in the diet will ensure the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones and joints and thus may help to slow ageing.

Collagen also contains important amino acids that have been shown to support a healthy gastrointestinal system, help with leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. A healthy gut is critical to a healthy body.

Ideally, if you desire to increase your collagen intake, you would make your own bone broth, as this is nature’s richest source of natural collagen. However, I know you. You are most likely busy, already stretched thin and the thought of having to source bones from healthy animals, and then go through the long process of having to let it cook for 12-24 hours at least once a week sounds stressful to you. Realistically, it probably won’t happen, but you still would like the health benefits of the collagen.

Thankfully, I have found, and personally use, an incredibly high-quality collagen supplement from Vital Proteins. It comes in a convenient protein powder form sourced from pasture raised grass fed cows from Brazil. It has no flavor and easily mixes into both cold and hot water. I personally have noticed clearer skin and nails that grow faster than I can keep up with.

You can order this product online here and browse lots of delicious recipes to use it in on their blog as well!

If you have the time and would prefer to make your own broth, Slanker’s, located in Powderly Texas, sells a wide variety of healthy animal bones for this very purpose. Shop and order online here.