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Bone up on bone broth

Jane Clarke bone broth

I love to have a large mug of Nourish bone broth in the late afternoon, when I fancy a snack to keep me going but don’t want to ruin my appetite. It’s not just that it tastes tangy and savoury; bone broth has lots of nourishing benefits that can be a real boost, especially if you’re poorly or in recovery and can’t face a heavy meal. Here’s a handy list to inspire you to head to the butcher’s and start simmering…

Easy to digest when you have a poor appetite or you’re struggling to eat.

Rich in amino acids (the building blocks of protein), which help to reduce gut inflammation.

Immunity-boosting from the antioxidant-packed vegetables – the antioxidants are absorbed better by the body when the vegetables are cooked.

Contains electrolytes including potassium, which can be great when you have an overactive bowel. This broth is perfect to help you rehydrate if you have diarrhoea.

A wonderful cold remedy as breathing in the warm steam can help to open the airwaves and reduce mucus formation.

Find our simple Nourish bone broth recipe here.

steaming saucepan

Bone broth and joint health
The amount of collagen we have in our body decreases as we age, which can lead to inflammation and pain in the joints. Bone broth is rich in collagen (released from the animal bones and cartilage), which is why there’s a lot of talk about it as a cure for joint pain and conditions such as arthritis. It’s not as simple as that, unfortunately. The body doesn’t absorb the collagen whole and transport it to our joints. Instead, the collagen is broken down into amino acids, which are then utilised where they are needed most – joints, muscles, gut, teeth, all over…

If you’re low in sources of protein, bone broth can help to fill the gap. But if you’re particularly worried about your joints, you may want to add in other nutrients that promote collagen production, such as vitamin C (berries, citrus fruits and leafy greens); anthocyanins (purple and red fruits and vegetables, including berries and aubergines); and manganese (try nuts, pulses and wholegrains).

Take stock
Don’t like the taste of bone broth on its own? You can use it as a base for soups and stews, or combine it with stuffed pasta for a comforting bowl of goodness. You can buy packets of tortellini, simmer for a few minutes in the broth and serve with a grating of Parmesan cheese on top. Or try this delicious Cappelletti in Brodo recipe.

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