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Fruits, vegetables, Omega-3s — we all know the basics of a healthy eating plan. But have you considered incorporating bone broth into your diet?

The flavorful liquid, often found in traditional Chinese cooking and restaurant soups, is made by simmering lamb, chicken, or beef bones in vinegar and water for at least 24 hours. Thanks to the nutrients found in marrow, cartilage, and bone, the broth is being praised as one of the healthiest things we can consume. Rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, and collagen (just to name a few), bone broth has been shown to benefit many parts of our bodies, including the kidneys, liver, and lungs.

Here are just four of the ways bone broth can impact your overall health:

Liver detox: The liver is credited with being the hardest-working organ in the body, as its job is to process nutrients and rid our system of toxins. Bone broth is brimming with an amino acid called glycine, which plays an active role in the first phase of this detoxification.

Healthy bones and joint support: Bone broth is an excellent source of calcium, which is essential for encouraging healthy bones, muscle relaxation, and tissue repair. The chondroitin sulfate found in cartilage is important for maintaining joint health and stimulating immunity, while also lowering cholesterol and the risk of heart attack.

Gut health and wound healing: The gelatin in bone broth has shown to aid digestion and protect the lining of the digestive tract. For this reason, the broth is often recommended to those with issues such as leaky gut and IBS. Collagen, which is more or less a form of gelatin that’s found in the body, is needed to heal bruises and ease inflammation.

Beautiful skin: Speaking of collagen, the protein is also responsible for giving skin its firmness and shape. Bone broth can delay the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as help repair itself after an injury.

Nutritionists suggest consuming bone broth at least once a day, either on its own, like tea, or as a base for soup. You can buy pre-made bone broth online, as long as it’s grass-fed and organic, or make your own at home. There are countless recipes for bone broth. Consider adding herbs and spices such as garlic, ginger and turmeric, which will increase the medicinal properties of the broth as well as play up its flavor.

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