When we were little and woke up with bad cold, there was nothing like taking that first sip of our mom’s chicken soup.
Chicken broth is an age-old remedy used in cultures all over the world for treating flu and cold-like symptoms. Until recently, the prescription of our mothers and grandmothers to use chicken soup as an effective remedy for colds and flu-like illnesses was just an “old wives’ tale”. However, researchers have investigated the effects of the hot concoction on our health.
What researchers have found is far from superstition and the benefits likely come from substances like Glycosaminoglycans, Glucosamine, Hyaluronic Acid, Chondroitin Sulfate and Collagen.
Chicken broth is usually made by letting chicken bones and the meat left on them simmer for long periods of time until the juices, marrow, and other components from the bones release into the water, giving it that delicious taste and a range of important minerals our bodies can easily absorb. This includes calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, and sulfur among others.
Additionally, simmering the bones and chicken tissue over a long period of times causes the ligaments to release compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine, most of which are sold in supplements at high prices.
Note that most powdered chicken broths and bouillon cubes do not deliver these benefits. Instead they contain chicken flavors and flavor enhancers (like MSG), which may cause more harm than good.
We here at Medmetrics Compounding Pharmacy have seen many patients benefit from using bone broth and bone broth protein. See below for 5 benefits with some research to back them up.
Bone Broth Fights Respiratory Infections
While the exact process is not completely understood, colds are often caused by transient, temporary infections of lung tissue that initiate what is called the cytokine cascade, causing an inflammatory response by the body. Researchers from the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Section of the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska made a broth from chicken and vegetables and examined its effect on subjects with colds. They found that the inflammatory response was reduced in the well-controlled study, and it demonstrated clinical significance.
Promotes Gut Health
Two of the components released into chicken bone broth are gelatin and collagen. A study demonstrated that gelatin may alleviate gut inflammation caused by food sensitivities, and may promote the healthy growth of probiotics. Additionally, serum concentrations of collagen in the blood decrease when a person has inflammatory bowel disease, and chicken bone broth helps to deliver easily-digestible collagen.
Promotes Healthy Skin
You may have heard of collagen before as a component included in face and wrinkle creams. This is because collagen is an important component responsible for skin’s elasticity, moisture, and smoothness, but is often lost as we age. As mentioned in the previous benefit, chicken broth contains easily digestible collagen that, when consumed regularly, can promote skin health.
Boosts Antioxidant Function
Especially when the chicken bone broth contains veggies and garlic, it is a good source of sulfur and glutathione, which helps lower oxidative stress by helping the body to eliminate heavy metals and absorb health-promoting vitamins. Bone broth also supports liver health, the organ responsible for eliminating toxins from the body.
Supports Healthy Metabolism
Proteins are built by amino acids, each of which have different names and functions,including building and repairing muscle tissue, ensuring good bone density, boosting the absorption of nutrients, and many others. The amino acid glycine helps convert glucose into useable energy and prevent muscle wasting.
Chicken bone broth, thanks to bone broth protein and other components, does much more than help alleviate the common cold. It supports skin health and elasticity, immune response, metabolic function, and it may also boost antioxidant function. Many of our patients see have seen these benefits in about one month!!
You can make traditional chicken broth at home, or, if you want to reap the benefits without having to make the soup, you can also purchase pure broth protein powder to get a boost in the benefits by integrating into protein shakes, smoothies and recipes for baking and cooking.
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