Bone broth benefits for skin


Is Bone Broth Really Good For You?

Is bone broth really good for you? The benefits of bone broth include better skin, improved immunity, and healthier joints, bones, and teeth. I have had great results that I’m excited to share.

In a funny twist of fate, I look and feel better at 55 than I ever have in my life. In fact, people ask me all the time what I am doing to look younger every time they see me! It makes me wonder, is bone broth really good for you? I’ve included an easy bone broth recipe below.

Is Bone Broth Good for You?

I began my immersion into the world of bone broth a couple of years ago. I’m not a dip-your-toe in kind of person. I usually read a lot, decide if I want to try something, and then go for it. I was fascinated by the claims I had seen and read about the benefits of bone broth and had made a few batches here and there.

(Read my update The Health Benefits of Bone Broth too)

Bone broth is made by simmering bones, usually either beef or chicken for long periods of time. Then after cooking, the broth is strained and you use it as a nutritional drink. I’ve included an Easy Bone Broth recipe at the bottom of the post.

As someone who promotes good skin care practices, I was especially curious does bone broth really work.

Does Bone Broth Really Have Benefits?

After reading that bone broth was good for your skin and body, I decided to start making batches on a regular basis and drink a cup or two every day. Along the way I got a lot of teasing.

As usual, the converts were minimal. But that’s okay.

I like my bone broth and I’ll probably have the last laugh someday when I have the bones and skin of a sixteen-year old at 80.

So Why Drink Bone Broth?

The biggest claim that bone broth makes, is that it’s better than Botox. It’s supposed to be great for your skin. That is really what caught my eye. I love things that promote real beauty as a result of real health. I’ve read that bone broth delivers collagen, nutrients, and gelatin in an easy to absorb form.

This article from Dr. Perlmutter explains the nutrient aspect in more detail.

So, yes, it makes sense that the skin would improve with bone broth. To be fair, this is not an open and shut case—there are quite a few nutritionists who disagree. I’ve had some positive results that I’m going to share, but first here are some of the claims that convinced me to give bone broth a serious try.

Why Bone Broth is Good For You

Bone broth provides collagen in a bioavailable form that your body can use. This is huge, because collagen is a huge business. Folks are spending billions (yes billions!) of dollars to get collagen in pills and topical treatments.

Bone broth is a rich source of collagen and gelatin. After about age 40, our body’s collagen production begins declining. Animal protein is the only food source of collagen though plant food sources can all help the body produce it.

The Health Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone broth fights inflammation and boosts Immunity through the amino acids it contains. These amino acids have anti-inflammatory, protective, and healing functions.

Bone broth is a good source of glucosamine and gelatin which strengthens bones and teeth and helps the joints.

Bone broth hydrates the body by providing essential electrolytes. I have found it to be the perfect pre-workout drink though others prefer it after their workout. It doesn’t fill me up like food, yet I always have the energy to get a good workout.

Bone broth has many other reported benefits but these four caught my eye and to some extent, I thought I would be able to tell a difference from drinking bone broth.

Is Bone Broth Good for Your Skin?

I’ve been making and drinking bone broth for 2+ years now. I’ve had enough positive results that I plan on continuing my bone broth consumption. I’ve got my system for making and storing it and I think it’s worth this bit of trouble.

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Does Bone Broth Really Work?

Did my skin improve by drinking bone broth? This one is a little tricky for me. When I announced the Bone Broth Project, my son-in-law said it would be hard to tell since my skin was already pretty good.

However, my pores seem to have disappeared and I feel like my skin is staying naturally soft; I hardly have to use any moisturizers on my arms and legs.

The other thing I can’t miss is that my cheeks are full and I don’t have a single wrinkle. People are asking me all the time what am I doing?

I’ve actually had two people question whether I am actually using Botox!

My Experience with Bone Broth

Did my nails get stronger? I don’t have any way of knowing what’s happening inside but I can report that my nails look and feel great. I don’t like to get manicures and since drinking the bone broth, I haven’t needed one.

My nails grow easily, even on my right hand which just didn’t happen before. Even the cuticles look nice. I used to have to use cuticle cream on them all the time and now I don’t. They feel very strong.

Did bone broth boost my immunity? I rarely get sick and I still don’t so it’s hard to say but I have really good endurance and energy.

Do I heal faster? I think so. I have had three moles removed on my face in the past year. Two were before I was drinking bone broth and one after.

This last one, which was the trickiest and the one my dermatologist warned me would leave a little scar, actually healed the fastest. In fact, after adding bone broth to my diet the first two scars disappeared.

I also just had a little dental work and it seems like it is healing super fast. While in these healing situations, I did up my daily consumption to two cups and added a little extra gelatin/collagen to my broth.

My Surprise Benefit of Bone Broth

I kept a journal for the first few weeks. There was a surprise benefit for me that I had not read about from other people. In fact, it wasn’t until I was reading over my notes that I realized that I kept saying the same thing.

“Mood mostly good.”

“My mood is very stable. I am able to better handle stressful things. I would say mood/emotions much more steady.”

“My mood continues to be steady. No other way to describe it.”

“I look for the good in things. I give people the benefit of the doubt.”

So for me the surprise benefit was that bone broth seemed to improve my overall mood and sense of well-being. Of course I had hoped to have the physical benefits too. But seeing weeks of notes expressing how good I felt, I was pleasantly surprised by that.

Now, back to my daily cup of bone broth! (Bone Broth Resources follow the pic)

How to Make Bone Broth? An EASY Bone Broth Recipe

Into a large stock pot with heavy bottom, add:

  • 5–7 lbs. beef soup bones. The cleaner the better. Include knuckle bones or pig’s feet (totally gross but effective) to get extra gelatin.
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 onion peeled and quartered
  • 2–3 carrots
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup of cider vinegar
  • Water to cover

I throw everything into the pot at once and bring to a simmer then let it simmer for 24 hours. Then I let it cool until it’s easy to handle. That can be several hours.

How to Store Your Bone Broth

After the broth has cooled, I remove all the bones and vegetables and throw away. I set up a canning funnel and strainer over a jar and pour the broth in. A layer of fat will form. This is a good thing! The fat will harden and seal the broth.

When you are ready to have a cup, remove the fat layer and throw away. Fill your cup and warm in the microwave or on the stove. Once the fat is removed, it’s best to consume the broth within a few days.

The broth can be frozen. You can freeze in wide mouth jars, but make sure you leave plenty of room at the top! Liquids expand during freezing and if your jar is too full, it will break.

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No time to make bone broth? I am in love with Vital Proteins right now. Two scoops in my coffee is my go to most days. My nails, hair, and skin look great and I feel really strong during my workouts. I don’t get the “good feeling” from them like I do with the broth. But they are great when time is short and I still want to get most of the benefits.

Vital Proteins

This is THE book that got me excited about bone broth. Louise Hay, one of the authors of this book was 89 when she wrote it. She looked amazing and wrote with so much joy. I bought this book in Kindle and book form.

Here is the book where I found my bone broth recipe that I use. This is a fantastic cookbook as well. It’s one of my top 3 cookbooks. Everything I’ve made from this book has been wonderful.

I use a 12 quart stainless steel stock pot to make my broth. I make it once a week and this size is perfect for me.

A wide mouth funnel is essential!

I always use wide mouth jars for my broth so I can freeze them if I need to. The regular mouth jars can and do break when freezing. These are easy to find in grocery stores as well. They are great to have on hand for so many uses.

Skin Care Products I Use

I only use one brand of products and I’ve been using them for about 15 years. I’m a huge fan of Suzanne Somers skin care products. I use her face washes, serums, toner, and moisturizers twice a day. I love how they feel to use, how they smell, and how they work. And she has the best lip balm stick ever. Ever!

I also have to give credit to Suzanne with introducing me to the idea of eating in way to improve my skin from the inside out by eliminating sugar.

Once you sign up for her emails, you will find out that she has sales all the time. I will usually stock up two or three times a year during her good sales.

I don’t have many things I recommend as an affiliate, but I absolutely love these products and have almost 15 years of using them to back me up. (Disclosure here)

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Drinking Bone Broth For Acne Cleared Up My Skin In Just One Week

In my pursuit of clear skin, there are few food-based remedies I haven’t tried: I’m obsessed with celery juice for cleansing the liver and flushing out toxins, seed cycling for balancing hormones and clearing that-time-of-the-month breakouts, and probiotics for a flowing digestive system and thus, a glowing complexion. But of all my adventures in ingestible skincare, there’s one that takes the cake (metaphorically speaking, of course — sugar’s not great for the skin): Drinking bone broth for acne.

A little backstory: Thanks to an overzealous use of prescription steroid cream a few years back, my skin is uber-sensitive. I’m limited in the amount of topical treatments I can try — that’s a hard pass on acid exfoliators and retinol, thanks — but there is a bright side to this sensitivity. My skin reacts quickly to positive changes, too. A dairy-free diet works wonders, and skincare supplements make a difference in a matter of days. So when I started incorporating bone broth into my routine a couple years ago, I noticed the benefits almost immediately. My skin felt softer, smoother, more hydrated.

Alas, making bone broth takes time, and it’s not the most delicious food in existence, so I didn’t exactly keep up with it. But I recently decided to recommit to that bone-broth-every-day life and remembered why I loved this stuff in the first place. My acne has significantly improved in just a week.


“Bone broth is made up of bones and connective tissue like tendons, ligaments, and cartilage — typically from cow, chicken, or turkey — and simmered with various spices over a period of several hours, providing a nutritious base for soups,” Dr. Nadia Musavvir, ND, a naturopathic doctor, tells The Zoe Report. (It goes without saying that this isn’t vegan, right?) “It’s not anything new and has been used for centuries as a dietary staple in various cultures.” Bone broth has a ton of benefits for the body, the literal least of which is glowing skin. The ND cites improved digestion, metabolism, immunity, and mood as prime examples.

That being said, bone broth’s effect on the skin is pretty impressive. For one, it’s said to help the body rebuild its own collagen stores. “This is due to the amino acid content, particularly high glycine and proline, which are components of collagen,” Dr. Musavvir tells TZR. Bone broth even supplies the skin with natural hyaluronic acid. “It is rich in glycosaminoglycans, or GAGs — a group of complex carbohydrates — and hyaluronic acid is one of the main types of GAGs,” she explains.

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In addition, bone broth is particularly good for digestion — and the famed Gut-Brain-Skin axis proves that a healthy gut translates to healthy skin. “By improving digestion and gut health, you can certainly have an effect on skin health,” Dr. Musavvir agrees. As the GAGs, glutamine, and gelatin in both broth get to work healing the digestive tract, they also reduce system-wide inflammation. “This is also important for skin health, since inflammation can accelerate the breakdown of collagen,” she says.

Of course, knowing how bone broth helps the skin is great — but what really matters is whether or not it actually works in real life. According to both Dr. Musavvir and myself, there’s anecdotal evidence to suggest it does. “I have noticed an overall improvement of skin tone appearing more even, requiring less makeup and concealer within just one week of having one cup of broth per day,” the naturopath says. “Patients of mine have reported improvement of their acne when incorporating bone broth.” My own experience has been similar; I even took before-and-after pictures for a week to prove it. After six days of bone broth for breakfast, the acne on my cheeks and chin was less inflamed, and my scars seemed to fade a little bit.

Day 1 – Day 6 / Jessica L. Yarbrough

I like to make my own bone broth — this recipe is my favorite — but if you’re not the DIY type, you’re in luck: These days, bone broth is readily available in grocery stores and online (I always order from OWL Venice if I don’t have the energy to cook). It’s important to make sure you’re using and/or buying the right kind of bone broth, though. “GAGs are found in the connective tissue — tendons, ligaments, cartilage — so to get any benefit of hyaluronic acid, bones in the broth need to have these still attached,” Dr. Musavvir tells TZR. She says the best bones, in this regard, are chicken feet, cow feet, or cow knuckles. (Did I mention bone broth is not for the squeamish?) And if you do decide to make it yourself, don’t forget the apple cider vinegar — it “draws minerals from the bones” and into the broth.

To see improvements in your skin, you’ll want to drink at least one cup of bone broth per day, but results vary from person to person. “If one starts drinking bone broth while also incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet and avoiding processed foods, they will likely feel the results within a day,” Dr. Musavvir speculates. “With consistency, they’ll start to see the results in as little as one week.”

And when a week of bone broth could heal your skin and replace your hyaluronic acid serum, what’ve you got to lose?

Why Everyone Is Drinking Bone Broth—Plus the 4 Best Ones on Amazon

Although it’s started to majorly gain momentum just this year, bone broth has been around for centuries. A staple of the Paleo diet—a diet based on the foods consumed by hunter-gatherers from thousands of years ago, including meat, poultry, fish, and fruits and vegetables—this hearty broth has become a popular beverage in the U.S.

If the term “bone broth” is throwing you off, you may know it better as chicken or beef stock. It’s essentially a soup base made by simmering the bones and connective tissue of an animal (cow, chicken, turkey, duck, etc.) with seasoning in water for 12 to 24 hours, says Health Contributing Nutrition Editor, Cynthia Sass, RD, MPH.

As unappealing as it may sound, bone broth boasts good-for-your-skin collagen, which has oozed out of the joints and bones during the cooking process, adds New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. “It’s packed with nutrients that provide energy and help make your skin look smoother.”

It could have health and skin benefits

Unfortunately, there isn’t enough research on drinking bone broth to nail down its exact health benefits. But it is rich in important amino acids and minerals, so gulping it down could fill nutritional gaps and may offer improved gut, joint, and skin health, Sass says.

While bone broth may sound totally unappetizing to you, it’s easy to digest and filling, which could help support weight loss. Plus, some of the amino acids in bone broth have been tied to benefits including better sleep, reduced inflammation, and healing of the digestive tract, Sass adds.

Now, about that collagen: Because it’s rich in amino acids, bone broth promotes collagen production, meaning it could help keep your skin youthful-looking (buh-bye, wrinkles). Collagen and elastic tissue are found in the dermis, or middle layer, of the skin and give it its fullness and plumpness, explains Dr. Jaliman. Although our bodies make new collagen every day, after age 25 we lose more collagen than we produce—leading to the fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin in your 30s and beyond, she adds. But drinking bone broth may boost your skin’s collagen, helping to keep skin looking smooth and firm and reducing wrinkles.

How to slip bone broth into your daily diet

It might surprise you to know that sipping straight-up bone broth is not the only way to work the heralded liquid into your diet. Make a warming bone broth soup for dinner one night, or even blend it into your protein shakes, smoothies, or juices in the morning. Take it with you to the office and mix it into your oatmeal or yogurt for lunch.

Better still, you don’t have to simmer chicken bones for days just to get your bone broth supply. If you can’t be tethered to the kitchen or prefer a quick fix, you can actually buy it online (yep!). Here, the four best bone broths experts recommend scooping up on Amazon.

RELATED: People Everywhere Are Drinking Collagen—Here’s Why

Forget Botox! Drink Bone Broth for Amazing Skin

So you want to look young and radiant? Who doesn’t! People are so eager to look younger that they are lining up for injections of Botox in their face. In Hollywood where I live, we especially see a lot of it, and also plenty of Botox injections gone wrong as well. All those people who went through Botox are going to be pretty upset to learn that getting expensive injections in their face was completely unnecessary. They could have just drank their “Botox” instead for just a few cents per serving. No, I’m not talking about some fancy Botox drink. I’m talking about good ol’ bone broth – and amazing skin happens to be one of the benefits of bone broth.

What is Botox anyway?

If you look up “what is Botox” online, one of the first things you will see is Botulinum toxin. Yep, that’s Botox’s real name. The fact that Botox’s name includes “toxin” should be a great big warning sign that you probably don’t want this stuff in your body. You’ll notice that the name resembles “botulism”, that disease you get from eating contaminated foods and causes problems like paralysis and possible death. Well, that is because the Botox toxin causes botulism (source).

Even though Botox is toxic and lethal in high doses, it does have some benefits. Scientists found out that the toxin can cure some conditions like esophagus spasms. More recently, manufacturers are trying to prove the Botox may treat depression (which you can read about here).

The wrinkle-reducing potential of Botulinum toxin was discovered in the late 1980s. They did some tests and Botox was approved by the FDA in 2002.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox blocks nerve impulses that tell your muscles to contract. This is why the toxin is good for treating some muscle spasm conditions. In your skin, it works the same way: it stops your skin from contracting. If your skin can’t contract, then it can’t be wrinkled.

Botox injections last for about 3 to 8 months. Then the wrinkles start coming back and you’ve got to go get another injection. Since Botox costs about $800 per treatment, you can end up paying a lot for your eternal youth.

You can find Botox shots for a lot cheaper. But I wouldn’t want to get them done at a cheap doctor (well, actually, I wouldn’t want to do Botox at all…). If not done correctly, Botox can leave you looking like a sinister Frankenstein.

But Wrinkles Aren’t Caused By Muscles!

The real reason that Botox is such a stupid treatment for wrinkles is because wrinkles aren’t caused by muscle contractions. Wrinkles occur when the collagen in your skin breaks down.

Collagen is the stuff which gives your skin its elasticity. As we lose collagen, the skin becomes thinner and creases (aka wrinkles) form. So, if you really want to get rid of wrinkles permanently, you’ve got to increase your collagen levels.

You can apply collagen creams to your face to get rid of wrinkles, but the skin is inferior at absorbing it. There are a lot of oral collagen supplements that you can buy, which is slightly better because the collagen is better absorbed. But they are pricey and liquid is always easier to absorb than pills…

So Where Can We Find Collagen in Nature?

You guessed it! In the skin, bones and joints of (preferably pasture raised) animals!

My all-time favorite source of collagen is bone broth. When you cook down bones, it breaks down the collagen in bones so it becomes more easily digestible (source). This form of cooked collagen is better known to us as gelatin.

Once you’ve cooked down bones to make your gelatin-rich bone broth. you are left with a nutrient-rich liquid. It is easy to make your own bone broth. Read How to Make Bone Broth here.

Drink enough bone broth and you will supply your body with much-needed collagen so you can prevent wrinkles and signs of aging.

Other Benefits of Bone Broth

Beauty starts from within. And I don’t mean that in a “personality matters most” kind of way! When you are healthy within, your body will radiate on the outside too. Put as many creams on your skin as you want — you’ll be better off improving your diet!

Because bone broth contains so many nutrients (including ones we normally don’t get in our diets), it has many benefits other than just reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality.

Below are just some of the nutrients you’ll find in bone broth:

  • Bone marrow (depending on the bones), which is really important for blood health and immunity
  • Glycine and proline, which are amino acids that help produce heme (in blood) and glucose, and aid in digestion. They also make your skin look great because they help support collagen.
  • Cartilage, which is important for joint health. Especially valuable if you have arthritis.
  • Minerals like calcium and magnesium. Magnesium also happens to be great for treating insomnia, and getting enough sleep is important for beauty.

Oh, and bone broth also happens to be a digestion superfood. The gelatin in bone broth helps digestion by soothing the GI tract. It also binds with water, which makes it a lot easier to eat cooked foods because water is reintroduced into the food (source).

You might think that digestion doesn’t have anything to do with skin, but this isn’t the case. Your digestive system is in charge of absorbing nutrients (which are obviously important for healthy looking skin), removing toxins (which cause all those nasty breakouts) and keeping you hydrated (dehydration will definitely cause some wrinkles).

How to Use Bone Broth to Improve Skin and Reduce Wrinkles

I like to sneak bone broth in to as many meals as possible. Soup is the obvious choice but you can substitute it in places where you’d usually use water. Here are some ideas:

  • Healthy soups (like this easy chicken soup)
  • Braised greens: I use a splash of bone broth to give them some moisture and keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pan. The liquid will evaporate but the minerals will remain.
  • Grains: Cooking the grains in bone broth
  • Popsicles: This is for the hardcore! Sneak broth into popsicles like these sneaky green popsicles. As long as you don’t go overboard, the flavor will go unnoticed and every little bit counts.

Bone broth is impossible to overdose on. I highly recommend drinking a mug of it each day like you would your coffee! Add a little sea salt to it and it’s like a cup-o-soup.

What If You Hate the Taste of Bone Broth or Just Don’t Want to Make It?

If you don’t want to make bone broth yourself, you can order quality bone broth here and have it delivered to your door. I really like that bone broth because it is made from 100% pasture-raised beef. That is important because the beef has more nutrients in it.

For those of you who don’t like the taste of bone broth (and it does take some getting used to), you can consume collagen (aka gelatin) instead. Please note that the chemically-made packets of gelatin you find in the supermarket are not going to provide the same benefits of real gelatin.

My favorite brand of gelatin is Great Lakes. They make a very high quality yet affordable beef gelatin and porcine gelatin. Alternatively, you can buy their hydrolyzed collagen.

What’s the difference? I write more about the difference between gelatin and hydrolyzed collagen here. In a nutshell:

  • Gelatin: Mixes with warm water and causes things to gel. Use in recipes like this gummies recipe.
  • Hydrolyzed collagen: Does NOT cause things to gel. Use virtually anywhere, such as in your coffee, tea, soups, mashed veggies, etc.

Look Younger with Bone Broth

There are a couple of nutritional rules that everyone in my life has learned to (live with) love:

  1. I eat clean about 80 percent of the time. I know this will yield me 100 percent results.
  2. I don’t believe in moderation. When I go off the rails with my diet, I do it in clusters. Having a little of this or a little of that on a regular basis is not effective for me on any level. I go until the wheels fall off, and then I get back on.
  3. If you complain to me about just about anything regarding your overall health and wellbeing — or you have lifestyle questions in general — I’m going to start talking bone broth.

You’ll find a lot online about the insane healing powers of bone broth. It’s said that a good bone broth “can resurrect the dead.” Here are just some of the things that this powerful broth can do for you:

  • Promotes strong and healthy bones
  • Fights inflammation
  • Fights infection
  • Reduces joint pain
  • Heals the gut and promotes digestion
  • Super-charges the immune system

The healing power comes from the fact that the broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline. So if you are feeling run down, have a cold or the flu, are post surgical, need to heal a condition, and/or want to perform better at everything you do (and who doesn’t?), bone broth is a must. Plus — and this is something most people don’t know — bone broth is the best-kept anti-aging secret out there. In fact, bone broth is better then Botox! Bone broth does for your skin what a good pair of jeans will do for your body — it sucks you in and lifts you up.

Here’s how: Wrinkles occur when the collagen in your skin breaks down. As we lose collagen — the stuff that gives your skin its elasticity —skin becomes thinner and forms wrinkles. If you want to get rid of wrinkles forever, you’ve got to increase your collagen levels. You can use all of those expensive creams to get rid of wrinkles, but it’s not the best strategy. Your skin doesn’t absorb it as well. And there are also a lot of oral collagen supplements, but nothing is better than getting collagen in its natural form.

That’s where bone broth comes in. As the bones are cooked, the collagen breaks down and becomes easier to digest. This is your best defense against aging! Tip: If you’re losing weight and want to keep your skin nice and tight, you’ll need the extra collagen that bone broth can provide. You can introduce bone broth into your diet pretty easily. You can sip on it from a mug (my favorite way), use it in recipes as a substitute for water, or use the broth as a base for soups, stews and favorite meals. Tip: You can’t buy your way into bone broth.

In order to really get the results, you have to get your fanny in the kitchen and throw some bones and water in a pot or slow cooker. I promise — it’s painless! And the stuff works wonders! Bonus: Bone broth (which smoothens skin) is also great for reducing the appearance of cellulite. Uber easy to make and transport, this “better than Botox broth” will be your go-to anti-aging weapon. You’ll love how it looks!

Keep thinking big and living bold!

-Dr. Kellyann

Why bone broth is the secret to anti-ageing

From gut-healing to help with IBS, to anti-ageing and alleviating osteoarthritis, bone broth is a magical brew loaded with essential minerals, amino acids, protein, collagen, fats, and gelatine – making it one of nature’s ultimate superfoods.

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An ancient tradition is being rediscovered as a secret weapon for better health and faster recovery. Locked away inside a humble bone or joint is a wealth of essential nutrients and minerals, anti-inflammatory gut-healing properties, and good fats. All in a form the body can easily absorb. The key is in the long cooking and in using bones from grass-fed, organic, and free-range or wild animals.

Bone broth is a perfect option as a light meal as the weather gets cooler

The best broth will be left simmering for 24 to 72 hours in order to extract maximum goodness from inside the bones. The long simmer allows the marrow to be cooked down and the minerals to be released. It’s worth the effort though. This powerful beverage has been shown to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve your digestion, adrenals, bones, and teeth
  • Promote healthy joints, tendons, ligaments
  • Improve the function of your immune system
  • Reduce wrinkles, banish cellulite, and improve skin quality – the collagen literally keeps you youthful

In centuries gone by, people kept a pot of broth constantly simmering over the fire or stove. It was continually added to and eaten from throughout the day as an easy snack or meal. As well as being great for health, it was also respectful of the planet and of animals as it uses the whole of the animal.

Slow-cooking bone broth is an ancient remedy that’s highly nutritious

Sadly, modern life has lost this dietary healing habit but now bone broth is enjoying a renaissance. According to Therapeutic Chef Neha Jamani of The Sacred Kitchen, the main benefits of regularly consuming broth are as follows:

Minerals and amino acids

Bone broth is extremely high minerals and amino acids. Bones from land animals are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Fish and seafood broth are rich stores of iodine. This helps protect a sluggish thyroid, which is a major cause of weight gain, thinning hair and loss of energy.

The mineral content from the bones is drawn out into the water. Smaller bones such as chicken and fish can entirely dissolve in the broth. Some of the star amino acids in bone broth include glutamine, glycine, proline and alanine.

Gut healing

Bone broth helps heal the digestive track and helps prevent the inflammation that leads to ageing and auto-immune conditions. It is a rich source of glycine, which stimulates the production of stomach acid to aid digestion. Glycine is also an important component of bile acid, which is necessary for the digestion of fat in the small intestine and also helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Glutamine is another amino acid found in both broths. A natural remedy for leaky gut syndrome, which is believed to be the root of many common autoimmune disorders, glutamine helps maintain the function of the intestinal wall and helps the villi of the small intestine to heal and grow, which is also important for people suffering from malabsorption.

Joint health

Broth helps strengthen our skeletal system. The collagen in broth supports our bones, tendons, ligaments, and other flexible tissues. Another benefit of bone broth comes from glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), a family of carbohydrates in bones and connective tissues that show positive effects on reducing joint pain and treating osteoarthritis. Broth gives our bones strength and our joints cushioning and resilience.


Collagen is the glue that holds the body together. It supports the skin and internal organs. Collagen also helps our skin retain its youthful firmness and elasticity, and protects it against ageing and wrinkling. In nature, collagen is found in the skin, bones and joints of the animal. Cooking the bones breaks down the collagen to make it more easily digestible. This is called gelatine.

Collagen production in the body slows down with age and ill health. Drinking bone broth is a good way to supplement the body with a natural form of collagen.

A healthy broth can help your skin maintain a youthful firmness and elasticity

How to make your own bone broth

Inspired to make your own bone broth? Good on you! This recipe can be used as a base for homemade soups, stews or sauces; you can sauté fresh vegetables, meat or fish with it, or just enjoy a warm cup as it is as your daily dose of health. Here’s how!

Prep time: 15 minutes


1.5kg to 2kg bones
Water to cover bones and vegetables in a pot
2 T apple cider vinegar
1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1½ cups chopped carrots
1½ cups chopped leeks or celery or fennel
3 bay leaves
3-5 sprigs fresh rosemary
6 cloves garlic
1 T black peppercorns


Cook up a delicious and healthy bone broth tonight with this great recipe

1. Get your bones
First, use bones from free-range and grass-fed animals only. What kind of bones? Pretty much anything. From cattle there are short ribs or oxtails, knuckle or neck bones. Or use a ham bone, a lamb shank, leftover turkey bones, a chicken carcass, or a fish skeleton with the head and eyes. Bones from wild animals are the best as they’ve eaten a diet that’s appropriate for their digestive systems (as opposed to the unfortunate cows who are forced to eat corn). Mix different types of bone if you want. For example, put a pork bone, chicken carcass or fish skeleton in the same pot.

As far as quantity, just use whatever you can easily put into a pot and cover with water along with a few vegetables such as carrots, onion, leeks, or celery. As a guide though, about 1.5kg to 2kg should do it.

2. Roast your bones
This is optional but it can make the broth much tastier, especially if you’re using the bigger beef bones. Preheat the oven to about 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit) and roast the bones on an oven tray for about 30 to 40 minutes. Turn over about halfway. Alternatively, use the carcass leftover from a chicken you roasted for dinner or a whole fish you baked, poached or roasted.

3. Soak in Apple Cider Vinegar
Once the bones are roasted, place them in a large pot and cover with water. Add two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and leave to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. The ACV helps draw the nutrients from the bones.

4. Add vegetables and flavouring
Roughly chop the vegetables and add to the pot along with any herbs and spices you want to add. For example, you could add sea salt, bay leaves, rosemary and garlic or nothing at all. Bring the water to a rolling boil and then lower to a simmer.

5. Simmer and skim
For the first couple of hours, skim any foamy layer that develops on the top and discard. The better quality the bones, the less foam there will be.

6. Simmer some more
As a guide, if you’re using large bones, simmer for 48 hours. For chicken bone broth, simmer for 24 hours and for fish broth, simmer for eight hours. There are no rules though, use your senses to tell when it’s ‘done’. Keeping the simmer for 24 hours can be tricky if you want to leave the house and are concerned about fire risk. An option is to use a purpose-built slow cooker or to put the pot in the oven on a very low heat.

7. Cool and strain
When the cooking is finished, let the mixture cool slightly then use a sieve to strain it. Discard all the bones and vegetables. All you want is the liquid. Transfer the broth to an airtight container and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. This will cause the fat to rise to the top and solidify.

8. Discard excess fat
This is optional because this fat is good for you but if you think there’s too much, scrape excess fat off the top. You can discard this or use it in some other way, for example, cooking roast potatoes or feeding birds in winter. With the excess fat removed, you’ll be left with a gelatinous bone broth. If it’s not gelatinous, you probably didn’t simmer the bones for long enough. Never mind, next time. It’s a learning process. You can still drink this broth.

9. Store or drink
Store your broth in one or more airtight glass jars or freeze until ready to use. When ready to use, warm the broth over a low heat to bring it back to a liquid. Drink as it is or use as a base for soup, stews, sauces. Another idea is to add sea vegetables and some miso.

Top tip

Want to make your broth even better for your health? To kick it up a notch, add a teaspoon of turmeric to your warm bowl of broth along with a pinch of two of sea salt and a tablespoon of grass-fed, organic unsalted butter.

Have you discovered the health benefits of bone broth? Join the conversation below.

Can Bone Broth Give You Glowing Skin?

Dec 28 2017 | By Beauty By Buford

Bone broth has been steadily gaining popularity over the last few years—and it only seems to be getting more famous. From Gwyneth Paltrow to Kobe Bryant, celebrities are hyping the health benefits of this dressed up stock, and our very own Dr. Buford is a huge fan himself.

Bone broth—a fragrant stock made from animal connective tissue and bones, usually cows, chicken, or fish, plus vegetables and herbs for flavor—is purported to improve gut health, reduce inflammation, aid in healing, and boost energy levels. It’s chock full of amino acids, protein, and collagen.

That last ingredient was the focus of a recent article on RealSelf, “Can Bone Broth Give You Glowing Skin?” Here’s what they determined.

Bone both may not be a miracle elixir, but it might support skin health

RealSelf chatted with experts in the community to learn more about how collagen impacts skin health, if bone broth can help your body’s collagen production, and what the difference is between topical collagen vs. ingesting it. Here’s what they found out:

  • Essentially, collagen and elastin are the building blocks of your skin. As we age, our natural reserves decline, leading to skin laxity, wrinkles, and loss of suppleness—basically, a decrease in all the visual signposts of youth.
  • This collagen breakdown can begin as early as your twenties, and the process can be sped up through lifestyle choices like poor diet, smoking tobacco, and too much time in the sun.
  • Because bone broth contains a large amount of collagen and gelatin, consuming broth may help support your body’s ability to create collagen and help keep skin strong and youthful for longer.
  • There are many topical, anti-aging collagen products available. While these are great for adding moisture to the skin, the collagen molecule is usually too large to penetrate the skin and impact the way it functions—basically, it just sits on top.
  • Ingesting collagen through bone broth or supplements, on the other hand, may increase your body’s ability to absorb all the good stuff, improving the appearance and function of your skin (along with your joint and gut health!).
  • We still have a long way to go in terms of studying the health benefits of supplemental, ingested collagen—whether it’s in the form of bone broth or not. And while one cup won’t give you gorgeous, glowing skin right away, there’s no denying that it’s a healthy, tasty stock for the non-vegetarians of the world.

Read the full article here.

Dr. Buford’s Bone Broth Recipe from Eat, Drink, Heal


  • 3 pounds beef marrow bones (only from a high-quality beef source – e.g., grass-fed beef)
  • Optional: Chicken feet or necks (This will further increase the collagen content of your broth.)
  • Optional: Oxtail (This will definitely enhance the rich flavor of the overall broth.)
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • Water (to cover)
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped into 3 pieces
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped into 2 pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped into 4 pieces
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic (preferably roasted)
  • 1 tbsp. peppercorns (black or mixed)

Begin by placing the bones on a cooking sheet in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Once browned, remove the bones, place them in a large soup pan or slow cooker, and cover with water. Let the bones cool for 30 minutes.

Add the celery, carrots, onion, bay leaves, garlic, and peppercorns. Cover with any additional water as needed. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to simmer for 48 hours. During cooking, stir as needed (maybe every 6 hours or so) and add water to cover as necessary. If you leave the pot uncovered, you will need to add water more frequently, as the water boils off. I find it much easier to cover the pot at least partially to avoid this. This will determine how thick the final stock is.

Cook the stock down for 48 hours. Strain off all solids and let cool. Place in the refrigerator overnight. Once cooled, the fat will have congealed on the top. Using a slotted spoon or spatula, remove this fat and discard.

Ladle the remaining fluid into small reusable containers or ice cube trays and place in the freezer. The stock can be stored for months and easily heated up to make soup. The stock cubes can be removed from the trays (once frozen), placed in a resealable bag, and used for smaller portion sizes.

To use the stock, simply remove from the freezer and place the reusable container under warm water until the frozen stock can be easily transferred into a soup pot. Add water to adjust desired consistency and flavor by adding your choice of meat, vegetables, spices, and salt.

You can also use the stock as a tasty drink. Simply place 2-4 frozen cubes in a microwave-safe mug and warm. The broth is delicious, nutritious, and easy on your stomach. Add salt to flavor, but please use sparingly. The more salt you consume, the more you will swell!

Bon(e) appétit!

Feeling overwhelmed by the recipe or short on time? You can still get the benefits of bone broth without stepping foot in your kitchen! I recommend Kettle & Fire’s grass-fed bone broth for a nutrient-rich, healthy alternative to homemade.

The first time I heard the words “bone broth” I wrinkled my nose, scrunched up my face, and thought “What? Ew. Why? What?”

I didn’t know what it was, just that it sounded a little anatomically graphic and a little gross. (I’m a person who has a hard time eating blood sausage, based solely on the name.) But then I kept hearing about it, again and again, from food bloggers, wellness sites, and overall trendspotters like the ones here at, who answered the critical question back in December: “What the heck is bone broth?”

Test drive: Is bone broth the new green juice?

Jan. 23, 201504:20

Here’s the deal: bone broth is just dressed-up stock. You can make it with any animal bones — beef, chicken, turkey, whatever — which you roast and then simmer with vegetables for hours. It’s not exactly a new food (grandmothers have been making it for ages), but those who swear by it say the vitamins and minerals you get from the broken-down bones have powerful healing properties, and can help to alleviate joint and gut pain, boost your immune system, brighten skin and even make your hair shiny.

With everyone from The New York Times to chef Tom Colicchio to Al Roker climbing aboard the bone broth train, I decided to try an experiment: I would drink a cup every day for at least a week to see what it was all about, and if I could reap any of its magical health benefits. If Al Roker’s already on board, there’s no excuse.

Here’s my diary of how it went.

The line for broth at Brodo.Rebecca Davis / TODAY

Getting ready

To find out what I can expect, health-wise, I go to dietitian and nutrition expert Bonnie Taub-Dix to get her expert take. “It’s not like you swallow it and it knows how to go directly to puff up your cheeks or smooth out your eyelids,” she says. “Could it help cellulite? Could it make your hair shiny? If you are otherwise having candy bars in the afternoon and you start drinking bone broth instead, yeah, maybe.”

I make a note to myself to eat less candy bars. I also swing by Brodo, the bone-broth-only take-out window in New York’s East Village, opened in the fall by chef Marco Canora (a small cup of Hearth broth is $4.50, and it goes up from there). Canora tells me he started drinking broth regularly as part of an overall shift toward a healthier lifestyle, after being rough on his body for decades. “It’s my version of comfort food,” he says. Now at the epicenter of the trend, he says he fully believes in all the purported health benefits, and drinks “tons of it every day.”

When I tell him he’s basically Gwyneth Paltrow, he looks surprised: “I haven’t heard that one.” I tell him to take it as my highest compliment.

Day 1

I take the subway from my apartment in Brooklyn back to Brodo, where I stand in line and try not to feel silly. Why isn’t there a bone broth bar in Brooklyn yet? Pffft. Brooklyn, I feel like I don’t even know you anymore. Here are some sample conversations I overhear from the customers in front of me:

“Is this dinner?”

“No, it’s just the broth.”

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“It’s good for you!”

Despite my skepticism, it’s so cold outside I can’t feel my hands, so as I get up to the window, I start to get really excited about a warm cup of broth. It’s a little disconcerting to be served soup in a coffee cup, particularly because as you tip the cup to your mouth, your nose is essentially infused with soup. The sheer meatiness of the smell is off-putting, but as soon as the broth hits my tongue, I’m a believer. “F— that’s good,” I say, out loud, to myself. I instantly feel energized to walk the six blocks I need to travel instead of taking the train, just so I can continue to sip my soup against the icy air: making me healthier already!

Bone broth storage at Brodo.Rebecca Davis / TODAY

Day 2

I bring home a massive jar of to-go broth from Brodo to last me a few days, but I just can’t get excited about having it on day two. I keep talking about drinking it and putting it off, until finally I get around to microwaving a mug after dinner, almost as a dessert course. The overwhelming smell is a little much, but I add some salt and chug it down.

Day 3

On the way to meet some friends for dinner, I go the BYOBroth route, filling up my thermos with broth and trying not to be weirded out by the fact that my coffee receptacle now smells (maybe permanently?) like soup. The broth is surprisingly delicious, but unfortunately, not such a hit with my dinner companions.

“That smells so strong,” says one.

“That smells like a kennel,” says a second friend, who is less diplomatic.

“It tastes great!” offers the first.

Nobody carries soup around in a thermos to a restaurant,” says the second, who is right.

Day 4

In the hallway at work, I strike up a conversation with a near-stranger, who tells me his wife has been drinking bone soup for months following surgery on the recommendation of a health professional, and has “definitely” noticed a difference.

Even though it’s sitting on my desk, I don’t touch my broth today — but nor do I eat my normal afternoon snack of Whatever Is On The Free Table. “I happen to love the placebo effect,” Taub-Dix tells me, when I ask if the simple act of adding the soup to my diet could help me make healthier choices. “It might be more of what you’re not eating and replacing the soup with than the magical properties of the soup.” Maybe the soup works as a weight-loss tool because you don’t want to drink it so you just don’t eat anything.

On the way to a friend’s house, someone gets on the subway next to me smelling like McDonald’s. Or is that bone soup? They smell very similar. When I take my golden jar of broth out of my bag, my friend’s husband says, “That looks like what I made last week… After a rough night on the toilet.”

Day 5

Cold broth is the worst broth. I have what feels like the makings of a giant zit under my nose, so I don’t know how much stock to put in this whole “makes your skin bright” claim. Chug chug chug.

These bones were made for brothing.Rebecca Davis / TODAY

Day 6

Everyone keeps telling me how easy it is to make, so I buy the surprisingly simple ingredients (onions, carrots, celery, thyme, canned tomatoes, garlic, etc.) on the way home from work, but neglect to read the instructions all the way through. After roasting the bones for half an hour and then simmering them with veggies, I realize around 11 p.m. that the recipe calls for me to leave the pot on the stove for a few hours or overnight to fully simmer. Broth all-nighter!

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Brodo Chef Marco Canora’s Chicken and Beef Bone Broth

Marco Canora

Day 7

“I’m really proud of myself for making this broth at home,” I say to my husband, after waking up to find that I have not burned our house down overnight. “Are you even listening to me?”

I ladle the broth into three giant Tupperware tubs and stick it in the fridge, where Canora promised it will be good for up to a week (you can also freeze it indefinitely). On the way to work, I sip my broth from my thermos for the last time. I can’t wait to wash it out and fill it with coffee.

The aftermath

Nothing noticeable has changed, except that I have no desire to drink broth ever again. “It’s kind of shiny,” someone says, when I tell them it was supposed to improve my hair.

While I didn’t get any tangible benefits, on the plus side, I observed almost no negatives to drinking the broth — and Taub-Dix told me that it likely has no downside unless you’re ingesting a lot of added sodium. So if you’re someone who likes soup, this is a trend I can definitely recommend.

Because guess what? That’s what it is. Spoiler alert! The hottest food trend of the year … is just soup. You’re welcome.

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