Health Benefits of Bone Broth


I love a good cup of bone broth. Not only is it super comforting in the cold months of winter, but it is also incredibly versatile and provides countless health benefits.

Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing food for anything from cold and flu symptoms to ailments that affect connective tissues, such as the gastrointestinal tract, joints, skin, lungs, muscles and blood. Whether I’m making a broth-based soup, sautéing veggies or simply heating up a warm cup, bone broth is a staple in my kitchen. It is also surprisingly filling, making it a great addition to any smaller meals!

Take a look below for the numerous benefits of bone broth, as well as a simple recipe to make your own. If you are in a time crunch, I recommend purchasing Bonafide Bone Broth at Jackson Whole Grocer!

bone broth

Benefits of bone broth

  1. Heals a leaky gut: The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract. The amino acid l-glutamine in bone broth is the main amino acid the gut uses to repair the intestinal lining.
  2. Overcomes food intolerance and allergies: By healing a leaky gut you can resolve issues related to allergies because they are caused mainly by undigested large food particles seeping out of a leaky gut and triggering an immune response. Broth heals the gut lining, preventing this issue.
  3. Reduces the length of colds and flu: Chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms. There’s a reason that it’s prescribed by Grandma when you’re feeling under the weather.
  4. Heals joint pain and inflammation: The glucosamine in bone broth stimulates the growth of new collagen, repairs damaged joints and reduces pain and inflammation.
  5. Supports healthy skin, hair and nails: The collagen and gelatin in bone broth results in healthy hair growth and keeps your nails strong.
  6. Facilitates bone formation, growth and repair: Minerals, including calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, found in bone broth repairs our bones and keeps them strong.
  7. Fights inflammation: Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.
  8. Reduces cellulite: Consuming collagen-rich bone broth can reduce cellulite and tighten your skin, making you look younger!


Easy Chicken Bone Broth


  • 2-3 pounds of chicken bones (save bones and carcasses whenever cooking a full chicken, legs or breasts. If you’re not ready to make a stock, freeze assorted bones and use when ready. You can also ask the meat counter at Lucky’s or Jackson Whole Grocer for any leftover bones they are not using!)
  • Filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large or 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns


  • Add all ingredients to large crock pot; submerging chicken with water
  • Allow ingredients sit for a half hour before turning on crock pot.
  • Cook for 18-24 hours.
  • Cool, drain through a thin strainer. Discard everything in strainer. Store bone broth in refrigerator for up to 7 days or freeze for later in containers or ice cube trays. If storing in glass, make sure you leave 2-3 inches so glass doesn’t break.




About Author

Tory is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, working at the Meno Clinic in Wilson, WY. As a former Bostonian, she moved to Wyoming simply to ski some of the world's best terrain. Although the mountains brought her here, it was the people and aura of Jackson itself that has convinced her to stay. Tory takes full advantage of the outdoor access here in Jackson, spending most of her time trail running, mountain biking and skiing. Follow along for yummy recipes and healthy living ideas!

Comments are closed.