Suffering from a Winter Cold? Bone Broth Will Make You Feel Better
Having a cold can be miserable. Although the common cold is usually harmless and doesn’t result in serious health problems, symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, congestion, fatigue, and chills can linger for as long as two weeks. Unfortunately, there is no quick cure for the common cold. You have to let your immune system fight off the infection, but if you’re suffering from a winter cold, bone broth will make you feel better.
What Is Bone Broth?
Although it’s become more popular in recent years, bone broth is nothing new. Bone broth is similar to stock or traditional broth, which have been used by cooks as a base for soups and stews for centuries.
Bone broth is made by boiling the bones and connective tissue of beef, poultry, pork, or fish, along with herbs and spices. However, whereas stock or traditional broth are cooked for two to six hours, bone broth is unique due to its extended cooking time — up to 48 hours. This allows collagen and gelatin to seep from the bones and joints, which gives bone broth a thick, viscous consistency.
What Makes Bone Broth so Nutritious?
Because of the nutrients pulled from bones during its long cooking time, bone broth is particularly high in minerals and other nutrients.
Bone broth is high in gelatin, which aids digestion, helps heal intestinal damage, prevents bone loss, and helps build healthy hair, skin, and nails. Gelatin contains high levels of the amino acids proline and glycine, which play a critical role in muscle growth and wound healing.
Bone broth is also one of the best sources of calcium and magnesium in a form the body can easily absorb. These minerals are critical for proper function of the heart and nervous system, as well as muscle growth and contraction. For people who can’t tolerate dairy, bone broth can provide the calcium and magnesium they need to keep bones and teeth strong and healthy.
How Bone Broth Helps With the Common Cold
Although there is no cure for the common cold, bone broth’s high mineral content and powerful anti-inflammatory properties can help provide relief and reduce the severity of symptoms.
Many symptoms of the common cold are not caused by the virus itself, but rather by the inflammatory response that occurs when the body tries to fight off infection. The greater the inflammatory response, the greater the risk of symptoms such as congestion, sinus pressure, and runny nose.
Because of its high content of minerals such as magnesium and amino acids such as glycine and proline, bone broth is especially anti-inflammatory.
Liquids and electrolytes are also especially important during a cold. It’s easy to become dehydrated when you’re sick, especially if you are sweating from a fever or experiencing gastrointestinal issues. Dehydration can lead to a loss of electrolytes, especially sodium and potassium, which can lead to increased fatigue, lethargy, nausea, and vomiting. Bone broth is not only hydrating, but it’s also an excellent source of electrolytes, including sodium, potassium, and magnesium.
How to Use Bone Broth
Because of its thick consistency and rich flavor, bone broth makes an excellent beverage by itself and can be sipped warm as an alternative to coffee or tea. This makes it especially comforting if you’re suffering from a winter cold and craving something warm to drink.
Simply combining bone broth with a few vegetables, such as spinach and asparagus, is all you need to make a simple soup that can help strengthen the immune system and fight inflammation. Because of bone broth’s thick consistency, you may be surprised by how filling it can be.
When using a store-bought broth, pay attention to the ingredients and additives. Many prepared broths are highly processed and high in MSG, preservatives, or other unhealthy additives. They may also not undergo the lengthy cooking time necessary to extract all of the important minerals and nutrients from the bones.
At Osso Good, we make bone broths and paleo soups with organic ingredients that are nutrient dense, gluten-free, Whole30 Approved, and Certified Paleo. We are very proud to make our own bone broth in small, controlled batches to ensure the quality is always consistent and the taste is always amazing.