If our interest in food as medicine is any indication, we believe that food should do more than just taste good. From skincare to gut health, almost any health or beauty concern can be mended (or worsened) by what you eat. On that note, we've found a two-for-one special in bone broth, which is both anti-inflammatory and a powerful skin healer.
"Bone broth—the rich liquid that results from boiling the bones of organic, grass-fed beef or poultry for hours—comes packed with a number of nutrients, including collagen," writes Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, for MindBodyGreen. "Collagen and the amino acids proline and glycine work in unison to heal the lining of an inflamed gut, which quickly stops your immune system from acting on overdrive and attacking the body's healthy tissues, from the skin to the brain."
Bone broth's skin-healing powers come from the collagen—the structural protein found in the skin that slows down in production as you age. "You'll notice it physically: looser skin, more wrinkles, and less elasticity," explains Axe on his website. "Increasing collagen levels can help your skin look firmer, increase smoothness, and help your skin cells keep renewing and repairing normally."
He recommends taking a supplement, buying or making your own bone broth, or filling up on other collagen-rich foods, like salmon, carrots, and dark, leafy vegetables. Collagen aside, bone broth is also "full of anti-inflammatory amino acids" as well as gelatin, which helps "rebuild your gut lining to further assist your … gut microbes," adds Eat This, Not That.
Convinced? Check out a gut health expert's go-to bone broth recipe, and share your bone broth review in the comments below!