If you're questioning how to boost your immune system before flu season hits or your body needs extra TLC during Covid recovery, consider incorporating a bone broth.
The introduction to this two-part article considers the natural immunity boosting nature of traditional bone broth recipes. We then follow with an overview of the specific health benefits of ingredients in three popular HAPI Bone Broth products.
How to boost your immune system?
Our immune system is a complex network of cells and tissues that defend against viruses, parasites, and bacteria. Importantly, vitamins and dietary supplements alone cannot prevent or cure disease or illness. Further, adhering to local Covid-19 health orders remains the best way to protect yourself and others during the pandemic.
A healthy lifestyle and balanced diet can keep your immune system fighting fit and may help you with Covid recovery, healing from other viruses, or the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Many people find consuming bone broth is an easy and tastier alternative to popping various vitamin pills and manufactured supplements to boost immunity.
What are the main health benefits of bone broth?
Bone broth is made by slowly stewing animal bones and connective tissues with a flavorsome mix of herbs and seasonings. This creates a delicious blend packed with minerals and micronutrients, which are discussed below:
Animal bones and tissues contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and other trace minerals. The prolonged simmering time of bone broth extracts these minerals into the liquid. To boost immune system vitamins and minerals, you can drink or cook with bone broth, which may help you recover from colds and other viruses.
A compromised or 'leaky' gut barrier impairs immune functions as particles seep through the intestinal lining and trigger an immune response. Studies show that glutamine and glycine, as found in bone broth, support healthy gut function, intestinal immunity, and microbial diversity.
Bone broth contains several amino acids that support and boost the immune system. In addition to glutamine and glycine, bone broth is rich in arginine. Arginine helps the immune system and liver function properly.
Drinking bone broth may detoxify your body by strengthening and cleansing the liver, enabling it to remove and filter toxins.
The bone and cartilage used in organic chicken broth, lamb bone broth, and other broth recipes contain varying collagen levels. Collagen makes up one-third of the protein in our bodies and is found in our muscles, skin, bones, and blood.
Although collagen doesn't directly help with colds, it can help boost immune system function. Collagen is made from an amino acid chain that includes glutamine. In addition to the digestive benefits discussed above, glutamine repairs and stimulates immune cells and helps maintain a strong immune system.
Using bone broth to increase your bioavailable collagen intake can strengthen connective tissues and boost your immunity.
Now you've had a taste of some of the many bone broth health benefits.
Still not quite convinced? Read on to learn how our organic chicken bone broth, lamb bone broth, or beef bone broth can boost your immunity, naturally.