7 Benefits of Bone Broth
(the trendiest morning drink since coffee)
Chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul: There’s a reason that it’s prescribed by doctors and mothers alike when you’re feeling under the weather. All bone broths — beef, chicken, fish, lamb and more — are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and they boost healing.
Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly can be simmered overnight in a slow cooker. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine that have the power to transform your health.
A study of chicken broth conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center looked to discover what components of the soup make it so beneficial for colds and flu. Researchers found that the amino acids produced when making chicken stock reduced inflammation in the respiratory system and improved digestion. Also, research is proving it can boost the immune system and heal disorders like allergies, asthma and arthritis.
However, many “stocks and “broths” you can buy in the store today aren’t “REAL.” Instead, companies use lab-produced meat flavors in bouillon cubes, soup and sauce mixes. Also, manufacturers began using monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is recognized as a meat flavor but in reality is a neurotoxin and many people are very sensitive to it. Therefore, I recommend making it yourself. Not only is it better for you, but you won’t break your wallet either.
By regularly drinking bone broth or using it in recipes, you can help heal and prevent a host of conditions. Here are just a few of the major bone broth benefits.
- Heal your gut. A cup a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps heal chronic diarrhea, constipation, improve overall digestion, and cure some food intolerances.
- Protect your joints. Bone broth is a great source of natural collagen, the protein found in vertebrae animals — in their bones, skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone marrow. As we get older, our joints naturally experience wear and tear, and we become less flexible. Why does that matter? As we age, cartilage diminishes as it gets attacked by antibodies (age-related degradation of joint cartilage). As bone broth simmers, collagen from the animal parts leaches into the broth and becomes readily absorbable to help restore cartilage.
- One of the most valuable components of bone broth is gelatin, which acts like a soft cushion between bones that helps them “glide” without friction. Gelatin also provides us with building blocks that are needed to form and maintain strong bones, helping take pressure off of aging joints and supporting heathy bone mineral density.
- Look younger. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen. You can find collagen in all kinds of “plumping” creams & make-up these days, but why stick it on the outside when you can drink it? Not only is drinking it cheaper, but it can make your skin, hair, and nails look just as radiant.
- Sleep better, and think more clearly. The glycine in bone broth has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory.
- Immune support. Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, actually calls bone broth a “superfood” thanks to the high concentration of minerals. He says that the bone marrow can help strengthen your immune system. (Something that won’t surprise your grandma who always made you her famous chicken soup when you got sick!) A Harvard study even showed that some people with auto-immune disorders experienced a relief of symptoms when drinking bone broth, with some achieving a complete remission.
Stronger bones. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seeps out into the broth leaving you with the essential building blocks for healthy bones.
We make a batch of bone broth every week. It’s so Easy y’all! You just add everything to your slow-cooker, Set it to Low and Go!
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- 1-3 pounds beef, bison, turkey, or chicken bones
- 4 large carrots
- 5 stalks celery
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, smashed
- 2 whole bay leaves
- Rosemary, parsley, thyme, and sage (use any combination - we use 3-4 sprigs of each)
- 4 lemon slices (thin)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Coarsely chop vegetables.
- Peel garlic and smash cloves.
- Place onion and garlic in bottom of large slow cooker (we use an 8-quart size).
- Place bones on top and then arrange remaining vegetables around bones.
- Sprinkle salt and vinegar on top.
- Add enough water to cover bones.
- Place lid on top.
- Set it to low and Go!
- Cook for 24-36 hours.
- Strain in collander and ladle into pint jars.
- Will keep well in refrierator for 1 week or may freeze.
- Use this recipe as a guide. You may add or omit any vegetables or seasonings as you prefer.