You may have been hearing about the benefits of bone broth, especially if you have been following a Paleo diet. Bone broth is made from the bones and cartilage of beef, chicken, turkey or other sources of meat, cooked with a splash of vinegar for at least 6 and up to 24 to 48 hours, which breaks down collagen, glutamine, glycine, proline, calcium, and magnesium.
Can bone broth be an effective complement to your Simple Beauty skincare routine?
Collagen, Elastin, and the Aging Process
Think of collagen as the building block of strong skin, providing a defense against aging and wrinkling. Collagen composes up to 80% of the dermis or the layer that lies beneath the outermost layer of skin. Collagen also helps with the regenerative process of skin cells as they die and are replenished.
As you enter your thirties, collagen production begins a decline, just as fine lines and wrinkles make an appearance. Starting in the thirties, collagen levels decrease 1-2% per year so by 40, you’ve already lost 10 to 20% of your collagen.
While collagen keeps the skin taut and firm, elastin provides elasticity. A third component of skin is glycosaminoglycans or GAGs that maintain a moisture balance in the skin.
As you age, collagen and elastin fibers change, thickening and loosening. That combination leads to brittle, wrinkled, and sagging skin. Declining GAGs make it more difficult to keep your skin hydrated.
Can Bone Broth Help?
Because bone broth is made from bones and connective tissue of meat or poultry, it is rich in collagen. Adding bone broth to your daily diet is an effective way to boost collagen, keeping skin supple while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles that come with declining collagen levels.
In addition to collagen, bone broth contains minerals such as potassium and amino acids such as glycine, both of which help detoxify the cells from environmental toxins that promote inflammation, behind numerous skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, and eczema. The amino acid is important to synthesizing hemoglobin, bile salts, and other body chemicals, supporting digestion.
The lengthy process of cooking the joint tissue produces gelatin, which is collagen in cooked form. Gelatin provides numerous health benefits, including supporting joint and bone health, as well as protecting against loss of elasticity and the results of aging in the skin.
Another component of bone broth, proline, provides benefits to skin health, especially when complemented by vitamin C. Hyaluronic acid in cartilage brings water and minerals to the skin cells.
Bone broth provides numerous nutritional benefits to the skin and the body. The collagen in bone broth, which comes from the long-simmered connective tissue and bones of animals, is bioavailable because the collagen converts to gelatin that is readily absorbed by tissues.