Who knew there were so many bone broth benefits for skin and hair? From reducing hair loss to tightening skin and boosting hydration, bone broth is a real multi-tasker…
The top benefits of bone broth for skin and hair
Bone broth benefits for skin
Bone broth may help to:
- Tighten your skin
- Boost hydration
- Prevent early wrinkles
- Renew skin cells
- Reduce inflammation
Bone broth benefits for hair
A good quality bone broth has benefits for your hair too, including helping to:
- Strengthen your hair from the root
- Prevent hair loss
- Boost growth
- Add shine
Intrigued? Keep reading to find out more.
Why bone broth should be called a superfood
Bone broth is made by simmering bones to release the goodness that’s trapped inside them. Vegetables, herbs and spices are often added for extra nutrients and flavour. A good quality bone broth is a treasure trove of nutrients. It’s:
- High in protein
- Low in calories
- Rich in flavour
- Full of vitamins and minerals (including iron, vitamin A, vitamin K2, calcium, zinc, magnesium and potassium)
- Rich in amino acids, glucosamine, chondroitin and glycine
- And packed with collagen
What’s all the fuss about collagen for skin?
Collagen is one of our body’s secret weapons. It keeps our skin tight and supple. It helps our skin to heal. And it even benefits our gut.
You make collagen naturally, but levels drop off as you get older. That lack of collagen shows in your skin, hair and joints. So, many people now choose to boost their collagen levels.
According to scientific studies, eating collagen can help to hydrate your skin, improve elasticity and even tackle wrinkles.
And bone broth doesn’t just contain collagen – it also gives your body glycine, which is essential for building collagen. In other words, by drinking bone broth you’re helping your body to make more collagen.
Plus, bone broth is packed with other nutrients that your skin will be grateful for.
Why is collagen great for hair?
A healthier scalp = healthier hair. Plus, collagen may help to strengthen the hair itself. As celebrity hairstylist Jason Collier (who’s worked with Victoria Beckham) explains, “Your body uses several amino acids to build keratin, some of which can be found in collagen, so this could help keep hair healthy long after your cut.”
Jason also believes that collagen may help to fight free-radicals so prevent hair from prematurely thinning and greying.
The other nutrients in bone broth are also beneficial to hair. Iron and calcium may reduce hair loss for example.
What else is collagen good for?
Collagen isn’t just essential for your skin and hair – it can do so much more than that, from strengthening your bones to helping you sleep. You can read more about the benefits of collagen here.
Can’t I just use a collagen-rich moisturiser?
Skincare can only do so much. The collagen in a cream won’t penetrate much further than the first layer of skin. So it might help to boost hydration, but it’s unlikely to do much else.
If you really want to make changes, you need to look at what you’re putting into your body, not just what you’re putting onto it. Don’t panic, we’re not going to start lecturing you about sugar or refined carbs. But we do recommend you add to your diet. Look into collagen-rich foods for skin and hair, such as bone broth. Stay hydrated. And try to eat a variety of fruit and vegetables to feed your skin with the vitamins and minerals it needs.
Can bone broth make you look younger?
Bone broth won’t rewind the years (and nor should it). But it may help to tighten your skin, and make it look fresher and healthier. It’s particular beneficial when your own levels of collagen drop, which happens around the menopause.
What type of bone broth has the most collagen for skin and hair?
You’ll want to look for a good quality organic bone broth, which is as natural as possible and has been slow-cooked for several hours. Both beef bone broth and chicken bone broth are packed with collagen. And ours have 50-70% more collagen than the market leader.
Are there other benefits to bone broth?
There are lots of reasons to drink bone broth. You can read the top nine benefits here.
How much bone broth should I drink for skin?
We wish we could give you an exact amount, but we can’t. What we can say is that studies show between 2.5g and 15g of collagen a day is effective and safe. Our jars contain 4.2-6.7g of collagen per jar (depending on which flavour you choose). So drinking a jar every one or two days should give you all the collagen you need.
Is bone broth the same as stock?
Bone broth has more nutrition than most ready-made stocks, so it can be used to replace it in recipes. It’s great for risottos, pasta sauces, soups, stews and so much more. As well as adding extra nutrition to dishes, it’ll add extra flavour. (There’s a reason we’ve won Great Taste Awards.)
You can read more about the difference between stock and broth here
Is it best to drink bone broth or cook with it?
It’s really up to you. You can warm it up to make a hot drink, or use it to add extra goodness and taste to dishes. It’s surprisingly versatile.
If you’re reading this in the height of summer, you might want to use your bone broth to make a salad dressing. If it’s wet and miserable outside, a Thai green chicken curry might be more tempting.
Feeling run down or full of cold? Go for an easy one-pot chicken casserole. Or whizz your bone broth up with turmeric, ginger and coconut cream to make a healthy hot drink.
Isn’t bone broth just a fad?
No! There’s nothing new about bone broth. People have been drinking it for thousands of years. But as our lives have got busier, we’ve looked for quicker, easier meals. A good bone broth needs to simmer for several hours, which just isn’t practical for most of us.
Thankfully, you can now buy ready-made bone broths. Ours are simmered for 16 hours to capture as much goodness as possible. And it works – Boosh bone broths have up to 70% more collagen than the market leader.
You’ll find us in Ocado and other supermarkets. Or buy in bulk from our shop and have them delivered direct to your door, hassle-free.