What Is Bone Broth, and Should You Be Drinking It Before Your Wedding?

Word around the beauty bubble is bone broth is a cure-all: good for the immune system, better sleep, and beautiful, radiant skin

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It’s not your grandmother’s broth—actually, it pretty much is.

What is bone broth exactly, and why is it now popping up all over food blogs, beauty blogs, and wellness blogs everywhere? Is it worth the time to drink during your wedding prep, and are the benefits actually going to be noticeable?

We interviewed Traci Mitchell, marketing director of Vital Proteins, to get the ladle—er, scoop.

Give us the 411 on this “bone broth” thing.

Bone broth has actually been around for thousands of years. As a culture, we simply don't spend as much time in the kitchen as we used to. As a result, preparation of bone broth was kicked to the curb—along with all of its benefits. Bone broth is normally prepared through a very long process of simmering bones, ligaments and tendons of animals (commonly cows and chicken), which renders a nutrient-dense food that benefits digestion, hair, skin, nails—and any areas throughout the body that are made up of collagen.

Who should be drinking it?

Collagen is a nutrient-dense protein that is beneficial for everyone, as we get older. Through our mid- to late 20s, our body’s natural production of collagen begins to slow. From hair, skin, and nails to bone, joint, and digestive health, collagen’s benefits are wide ranging and important to helping you look and feel your best.

Where do we get it?

Homemade bone broth is always best—you can make it yourself if you've got a couple days to spare. Bone broth is prepared through a simmering process that requires 24 to 48 hours to achieve the greatest nutritional benefits. There are tons of recipes online.

What kind of beauty benefits will bone broth deliver for our wedding day?

Bone broth is an excellent source of collagen, a nutrient that makes up the structure in our body. It's bioavailable, which means it gets soaked up like a sponge and used by our body immediately. Research has shown that the benefits on hair, skin and nails, digestion, as well as on ligaments and tendons is apparent after ingesting for only three weeks. A bride can drink bone broth before her wedding and beyond as part of a healthy diet with the added benefit of glowing skin, strong nails and beautiful hair.

How soon before the wedding should we start drinking the broth?

Benefits typically result as soon as three weeks after including collagen in a healthy diet. There is no reason why the bride-to-be can't start drinking bone broth as soon as she's engaged (or sooner)!

How often should we drink it? Because it’s a natural protein that helps stimulate additional collagen production in the body, it’s something you can have every day. The benefits of taking collagen diminish after a period of time, so it's important to drink bone broth regularly. Re: above, we recommend taking about 20 grams of collagen a day, which can be easily broken up into two 10-gram doses—once in the morning and again in the evening.

Is there a time of day when drinking bone broth is most effective?

As long as you’re getting about 20 grams of collagen a day, you will definitely see the benefits. I would recommend a cup midday just before lunch to coat the stomach and help with digestion and another before bed for satiation and restful sleep.

How does bone broth compare to juicing or taking supplements?

Juicing is great and taking supplements is important! Juice, supplements, and bone broth all provide plenty of nutrients, but broth provides collagen, something that can't be replaced or found in juice or vitamins.

Convinced, but not interested in putting the work into making your own? Try a powdered bone broth—they’re now readily available to make life easier. Traditional broth made at home is typically tastier, but the Vital Protein packs below are amazing for on-the-go, busy lifestyles.

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The Vital Proteins powder ($65 for 20 servings of Unflavored Beef, Stick pack box, available at vitalproteins.com) comes in an unflavored USDA Organic powdered bone broth, making it a neutral taste to mix into hot water. You can also blend with other spices, such as ginger and turmeric, to make a delicious tea that can be sipped any time of day. The preparation is to the highest standard through a long simmering process, followed by a gentle drying process, resulting in a highly nutritious bone broth.

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