By throwing your chicken carcass away you are depriving yourself of the amazing health benefits of chicken broth. The broth can be used in soups, stews etc. or just taken as a drink like tea.
Here are seven key health benefits of chicken broth which is very easy to make.
Broth is a great source of beneficial amino acids
Bone broth is very nutritious and is associated with collagen, a structural protein found in skin, cartilage and bone. When boiled, the collagen in connective tissue is broken down into gelatine and various other healthy amino acids like glycine and glutamine.
The bones are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and other trace minerals — the same minerals we need to build and strengthen our own bones.
If you are making beef broth instead of chicken, the marrow provides vitamin A, vitamin K2, and minerals like zinc, iron, boron, manganese, and selenium, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
As the ingredients simmer, their nutrients are released into the water in a form your body can easily absorb.
It is not possible to know the exact amount of each nutrient contained in the broth because every batch of bones is so different. Nor is it possible to know the calorific content.
Good for digestion and gut health
Gelatine is the most abundant protein in bone broth. Once in the digestive tract, gelatine is able to bind with water to support the healthy transit of food through the intestines.
Research suggests that the gelatine and amino acids may also help inflammatory bowel disease as well as people suffering irritable bowel syndrome.
An amino acid in gelatin called glutamine helps maintain the function of the intestinal wall and has been known to prevent and heal a condition known as “leaky gut”.
Leaky gut, which is associated with several chronic diseases occurs when the barrier between your gut and the bloodstream is broken.
Helps you produce anti-aging molecules and improves skin health
Consuming 300ml of bone broth has been shown to increase blood plasma levels of the building block amino acids glycine and proline that are required to form collagen.
In tests supplemental collagen was able to improve the hydration, elasticity and appearance of wrinkles in human skin.
Supports weight loss
Collagen has also proved successful as a weight loss aid. In post-menopausal women, collagen supplementation combined with resistance training improved lean muscle mass and increased fat loss. It has also been able to improve body composition in elderly men.
Bone broth is typically very low in calories but it can still satisfy hunger.
Studies have found that eating soup on a regular basis can increase feelings of fullness and may be associated with decreased body weight and belly fat.
What’s more, bone broth is high in protein, which may help improve appetite control, increase weight loss, and maintain lean muscle mass .
Helps joint health
Collagen is the main protein found in bones, tendons, and ligaments.
During the cooking process, collagen from bones and connective tissue is broken down into another protein called gelatin.
Important amino acids that support joint health can be found in the gelatin. Gelatin contains amino acids which our bodies use to build our own connective tissue. The gelatine is also thought to be beneficial for injury prevention and tissue repair.
Studies suggest that collagen derived from chicken cartilage is effective at improving pain, stiffness and joint function in patients with osteoarthritis.
Helps you sleep
The amino acid glycine, present in bone broth, has multiple functions in the body including supporting healthy sleep patterns. It is thought that glycine exerts its effect by regulating our internal body clock and lowering our body temperature helping us to prepare for sleep.
Helps fight inflammation
The amino acid arginine which is found in bone broth is thought to be especially beneficial for fighting chronic inflammation.
While some inflammation is good for us, chronic inflammation is not. It can lead to a number of serious diseases including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and some cancers.