There are numerous health trends that are coming into fad from antiquity: turmeric, bitters, a paleo diet, farm-to-table dining, to name a few. Bone broth is one of the best health fads we have today.
But why? Bone broth has so many health benefits it's hard to point to just one reason (heals leaky gut, increases metabolism, decreases inflammation, high protein content...). But, I know one of the main reasons it has stuck is the anti-aging benefits of collagen and gelatin. Yup, it'll keep you looking young, folks.
Now, I consider myself age-positive; happy to be going grey and encourage all to grow and accept aging as it is the one inevitable thing we all experience. But, I don't like the "feeling" of aging: inflamed joints, tiredness, increased stress, sleep issues, etc. And to be honest, I like looking healthy which is the symbol of youth. Bone broth contains L-glutamine which is essential for liver, gut and cellular detox. Wow.
Then comes in (drum roll, please) herbs! I love adding herbs to my bone broth in order to get those fantastic immune system boosting, kidney nourishing, stress reducing chemical constituents in food form. I add Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), a fantastic adaptogen (cellular stress reducer), anti-carcinogen polypore (aka shelf mushroom). Kombu seaweed (Saccharina latissima), a beautiful addition to help feed the thyroid, increase digestive function, increase trace minerals, and heal mucous membranes. Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous) has a strong history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to support the deep immune system and decrease cortisol, and Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) one of the most faved herbs in Western Herbalism to help fight off colds and flus. And, these herbs make bone broth delicious.