DRINKING a trendy bone broth could help stave off heart attacks, strokes and diabetes, new research has revealed.
The food fad is already popular with health-conscious celebrities including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek and supermodel Elle Macpherson.
And now scientists agree that the A-listers have got it right after discovering that boiling animal bones releases proteins that protect against cardiovascular disease and other serious illnesses when digested.
Co-author Dr Leticia Mora, of the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology in Valencia, Spain, said it may help prevent high blood pressure and diabetes.
The broth could also protect against obesity, high cholesterol, thrombotic disorders and other inflammatory diseases.
Dr Mora said: ‘All are risk factors in the development of cardiovascular diseases, which are the most important causes of death in the world.’
The traditional, heart-warming drink dates back to the Stone Age and is produced by simmering bones for hours, then skimming and decanting the gelatinous liquid. They can be from pigs, cows, fish or poultry.
Dubbed ‘liquid gold’, it can also be the basic ingredient for stews and soups, making them even more tasty.
Some Hollywood stars have even swapped coffee for it as seen in New York and LA where broth bars jostle alongside coffee shops.
Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured) and Salma Hayek both said it kept their joints and skin healthy while former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant, 39, said he could not have come back from injury without it.