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When Salma Hayek reveals her health and beauty secrets, you listen closely and take notes. The 49-years-young Mexican-American actress disclosed that she gets her protein and collagen fix from bone broth. It may sound a bit odd, but this unique broth has some impressive health benefits — and is easy to make.

Although it may sound a little less-than-appetizing, bone broth is a type of stock made from a bone of your choice and seasoned to your liking. While the bones you use can vary — anything from chicken to beef will do — the health values remain high. According to a study conducted by Chest Journal, chicken bone broth can reduce inflammation, which helps reduce symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection. It also helps replace electrolytes after a rigorous workout — so it comes as no surprise that athletes like Kobe Bryant use it as a post-game recovery drink. This mineral-rich soup is a great source of calcium, magnesium, glucosamine, and chondroitin, which all help keep your joints in tip-top shape.

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Bone broth is also key for anyone on the low-carb, high-protein Paleo Diet because it is a great source of amino acids, arginine and glycine. If you’re trying to get your body on a healthy path, it will show in the form of great skin. Bone broth is abundant in gelatin, which increases collagen production and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, cellulite, and helps strengthen nails and hair. It doesn’t stop there — gelatin supports digestive health, too.

It’s easy to understand the hype around bone broth — there's even a take-out window called Brodo in New York City. Instead of lining up for coffee or a green drink, New Yorkers have the opportunity to reap the benefits of the trendy soup. Brodo opened at the end of 2014 and made for the perfect “hot beverage,” literally and figuratively. With celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley swearing by this food, we can’t help but want to give into the hype and give broth a go as the temperatures dip.

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Sure you can buy stock from the grocery store, but it’s not the same — many of store-bought broths contain added sodium and sugar. Luckily, making this immune-boosting soup is pretty simple. All you need are fresh vegetables, water, apple cider vinegar and, of course, bones. We found a delicious savory recipe that you can make at home if you’re curious to try it out — just keep in mind in can take anywhere from 8 to 24 hours to simmer.

After all is said and done, we realize that many Latin mothers have been making bone broth since our childhood days and were trendsetters in their own right. If you or your parents have ever made bone broth before, let us know your favorite recipes below!