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There’s a new healthy drink in town, and it’s not another green smoothie. Although it has become popular only recently, bone broth has been around forever. In fact, an old South American proverb says that the drink is so good, it can revive the dead! We’re not vouching for that one, but bone broth can sure boost your health and immunity.

A concoction of grass-fed beef bones and fresh ginger, bone broth is currently the ‘it’ drink in the wellness world. It features in Well+Good’s annual health trend prediction list for 2015. So what makes it so special?

Ever since nutritionists have begun talking about its benefits, the drink has become popular across the nation. In her book, Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy For The Modern World, nutrition expert Sally Fallon Morell talks about its health benefits. Bone broth is made by boiling the bones of beef, or sometimes even poultry and fish. Boiling for long enough causes the bones to start disintegrating. This releases an array of nutrients and proteins like calcium phosphate and collagen. The broth also contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which benefits you in many ways and fights infections like flu and cold. Consuming a hot cup of the broth is likely to protect your gut, improve your bone health, and promote good sleep. It also improves the skin, and the hair and nail growth. No wonder it’s a hit with young New Yorkers. People following the meat-centric Paleo diet have taken a liking to this drink as well.

Not only is it full of nutrition, it tastes great too. That’s probably why chef Marco Canora recently opened Brodo in New York, a take-out devoted to healthy broths. If you’re around East Village, stop by to pick up a flavored broth of your choice, perfect for a cold winter day.

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