There’s a new trend of hot beverage filling mugs across America and experts are already singing its health praises. So what is this magical elixir? Bone broth. This magical elixir has been considered a great healer in many cultures and in South America.
Here are 8 reasons why you should try drinking bone broth.
1. Heal and seal your gut. According to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements, 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 cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.
2. Protect your joints. Taking glucosamine supplements to help with joint pain has been common knowledge for years, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine too. But unlike pills, the broth also includes a host of other goodies that help keep your joints happy, healthy, and pain-free. The chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.
3. Look younger. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen. You can find collagen in all kinds of “plumping” products 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.
4. Sleep better, and feel better. The glycine in bone broth has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. More energy. I’m not sure what the mechanism is for this, but if you read accounts of bone broth, you’ll notice everyone swears by the energy boost. I’d prefer to see science backing this up, but the research on bone broth is still emerging.
8. It’s very economical! What else were you going to do with those chicken carcasses, soup bones, and veggies going bad in your fridge?
Chicken and Beef Broth
(Adapted from A Good Food Day, by Marco Canora)
( You don’t have to use both sets of bones you can use one or the other)
- 4 lbs. chicken bones (any combination of backs, necks, and feet)
- 2 lbs. beef bones (shin or neck)
- 2 small onions, peeled and quartered
- 4 small carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 4 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 12 oz. can tomatoes, drained
- 1 head garlic, halved crosswise
- 1 tsp. black peppercorns
- Combine bones in a deep 8-quart pot.
- Rinse with cold water, scrubbing with your hands.
- Drain and pack bones in pot.
- Cover with 4 inches of cold water and cook over medium-high heat for about 45 minutes until liquid boils.
- Reduce heat to medium and move pot so burner is off to one side. (This helps broth to circulate.)
- Simmer until broth looks clear, about 1 hour, occasionally using a ladle to skim off surface fats and foamy impurities.
- When broth looks clear, add remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional 2 hours.
- Use a spider skimmer to remove and discard bits of meat.
- Put a fine-mesh strainer over another large pot and pour broth through it; discard solids.
- Drink immediately, or let cool before storing. Makes 2 1/2 quarts.
- 3-4 lbs of bones
- 1 gallon water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Add everything to the crockpot.
- Cook on low setting in crockpot for 10 hours.
- Cool the broth, strain and pour broth into container.
- Store in refrigerator.
- Scoop out the congealed fat on top of the broth.
- Heat broth when needed (with spices, vegetables, etc).
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