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10 Reasons Bone Broth Is Your Cold Weather Elixir

No! Not cold and flu season… again!

Isn’t it amazing how, just like clockwork, these little scourges set in around this time of year? We say, tackle them head on — with bone broth. While bone broth might not be a panacea to every ailment that comes your way, it does offer up plenty of goodness that gives it a well deserved spot in your kitchen this fall and winter season. 

1) GOOD FOR THE GUT

Bone broth contains glutamine — an amino acid that plays an important role in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal barrier. Ever heard of “leaky gut”? That’s when the gut lining is impaired, which affects the body’s ability to digest food and may even negatively impact the immune system in the long term.

(See this PubMed article that discusses how glutamine can help the gut)

2) NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE

Slow cooking animal bones and connective tissue helps them release an abundance of vitamins and minerals, including manganese, zinc, calcium, and magnesium. It’s a tasty way to get your daily dose!

3) MAY HELP YOU ZZZZzzzz

Bone broth contains another amino acid (it contains several!) called glycine. Glycine may improve sleep, especially when consumed before bedtime. How about switching out that cup of cocoa?

(See this NIH article on the impact of glycine on sleep)

4) PACKED WITH PROTEIN

Want to feel full longer so you’re not tempted to snack on less nutritious food when your body needs to warrior up? Then you need protein. And bone broth is packed full of it! Just one serving of LonoLife Bone Broth contains 10 grams of protein. #DrinkYourMeal

5) COMES WITH COLLAGEN

While you can supplement with collagen by adding it to baked goods, smoothies, and coffee, bone broth delivers a hefty serving of collagen along with vitamins, amino acids, minerals and more (in other words, it packs a double punch). Why do we love collagen? Because it’s the most abundant protein in your body, and acts like the glue that holds your body together. That means collagen is essential to bone, joint, skin, hair, and nail health (among other things). 

6) CAN AID DETOXIFICATION

Our immune systems are up against a whole army of offenders on a daily basis, and the overload of toxins in our environment is one of them. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that helps combat free radicals, and, here’s the kicker, it’s made from the amino acids glycine, glutamine, and cysteine — all of which can be found in bone broth.

(Read more about glutathione and heavy metal detoxification in this NIH article)

7) TASTES DELICIOUS!

No matter how good something is for us, we’re probably not going to consume it long term if it doesn’t taste good. Luckily, when bone broth is made with the perfect blend of herbs and spices, it’s a treat regardless of its health benefits. And whether you’re a fan of our LonoLife Chicken Bone Broth, our Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth, out Thai Curry Beef Bone Broth or any of our other delicious flavors, you can trust you’ll look forward to your daily cuppa.

8) MAY HELP WEIGHT LOSS

You don’t need us to tell you that carrying too much extra weight can put our immune systems under pressure, so anything that helps reduce the excess pounds is a bonus. It turns out that the collagen in bone broth may help increase lean muscle mass and contribute to fat loss when used in combination with resistance training. 

(See this NIH article to see details of a controlled trial that studied this)

9) KEEPS YOU MOVING AND GROOVING

Exercise is critical to so many aspects of our health, but it can be hard to motivate ourselves when our joints hurt. That’s where bone broth can step in. Thanks to its collagen content, bone broth may support joint mobility and even prevent future damage, so you can get out, exercise, and keep your immune system functioning at its best.

(See this NIH article on the impact of collagen on joint pain in athletes)

10) SUPPORTS PALEO, KETO, INTERMITTENT FASTING DIETS

If you already follow one of the above diets, then you know what a relief it is when you find another item you can add to your “safe” list! Luckily, bone broth fits in with all of these, and doesn’t just add a tasty drink to sip on, it packs in protein, vitamins, collagen and more too.

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