Bone broths and stocks have been used for centuries as both a mealtime staple and a nourishing powerhouse. Making bone broth helped our ancestors ensure that no part of a hard-earned meal went to waste. Bones, marrow, tendons, ligaments, even the feet of the animal were boiled then simmered over a period of days to make broths.
The extended simmering allows collagen, proline, glycine, gelatin, and glutamine (all of which are stored within the inedible parts) to be released into the delicious, healing bone broth. Bone broths are also a great source of necessary minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, chondroitin, and glucosamine. Regular consumption of bone broth can be incredibly beneficial to IBS patients. Bone broth is valuable for your gut because of the easily digestible gelatin present. Your body uses gelatin and collagen to replenish the strength of your gut lining and fight food sensitivities. It also helps your gut grow good bacteria and supports healthy levels of inflammation within your digestive tract. Additionally, bone broth and stock is very easy to digest and the nutrients found within it are highly bioavailable. That means they are easy to absorb and be put to use by your body. Having a healthy intestinal lining will reduce permeability and help enhance your digestive system.
In general, store-bought broths and stocks do not have the same nourishing and supportive properties. This is due to the fact that most manufactured stocks and broths are made using bouillon cubes and artificial meat flavors. If you want the nutrition and support of REAL bone broth, your best bet is to make your own. My favorite recipe for bone broth is adapted from The Nourished Kitchen: