Bone Broth Benefits & How to Make It

December 11, 2019

Bone Broth Benefits & How to Make It

What if I told you that there is a magical drink which can help you lose weight, have more energy, heal wounds faster, and also give you gorgeous, younger looking skin? And if I told you that you could easily make this drink at home, you’d probably not believe me, right?  Well, I am telling the truth! I am referring to bone broth and I am sure you have probably already heard about this ancient elixir which our grandmothers made all the time. Today, people are suddenly raving about bone broth again, including celebrities such as Shailene Woodley and Gwyneth Paltrow . So let us dive in right now and discover the wonderful benefits of bone broth.

What is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is not chicken stock. Nor is it chicken soup or chicken broth. Bone broth is the beautiful golden drink that is left behind after hours of simmering of all kinds of animal bones (chicken, fish, lamb, cow, pig) in water. And we are talking about at least 6-24 hours of simmering! 

Bone broth can be made in a slow cooker in 6-8 hours, longer if needed. Some people even simmer the bones for about 24-36 hours as that really helps extract the bone marrow and other nutrients into the broth. You simply toss in any bones you like (chicken, lamb, fish) in the slow cooker along with water. Joint bones are the best for making bone broth. Just make sure that all your bones come from organic, grass-fed, farm-raised, and antibiotic/growth hormone-free sources. You can also add spices, herbs, and vegetables to the broth as you wish. (Avoid adding leafy or cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower,  as they wilt down after hours of cooking and can spoil the broth’s taste.)

 As your broth’s cooking comes to completion, you can add some acidic stuff like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, as they really help extract the good stuff from the bones.

How to Make Bone Broth

Here is a traditional chicken bone broth recipe. It is adapted from Part-Time Paleo: How to Go Paleo without Going Crazy by Leanne Ely.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb roasted chicken bones
  • 2 lb roasted chicken feet
  • 7 cups water (more if needed)
  • 2 sliced onions
  • 3 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 2-3 carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 6 sprigs each of oregano and thyme
  • 2 tsp peppercorns
  • Salt to taste
  • Couple of tablespoons of raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with mother enzyme

Method

  • In a large stockpot, place the chicken bones and feet.
  • Add water, turn on the heat, and boil for a few minutes.
  • Next, add the rosemary, thyme, oregano, onions, carrots, celery, and peppercorns. Add salt as desired. Also add the apple cider vinegar.
  • Continue simmering for 3-4 hours, adding one cup of water every now and then.
  • Ideally, you should simmer the broth for at least 6-8 hours, the longer the better. This whole batch can be done in a slow cooker and cooked on low heat for 2 days.
  • Strain the broth, discard the bones, vegetables, and herbs and refrigerate the broth.
  • It will turn gelatinous as it cools. You can re-heat it before consumption. Consume the broth within 3-4 days. You can also freeze the broth for up to a year.

How to Consume Bone Broth

The best way to get the benefits of bone broth is by consuming it at least once a day. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Many people do a ‘bone-broth-only’ fast where they only consume this broth and nothing else. During the summer, when the weather is hot, you can drink warm bone broth in place of your afternoon tea or coffee. In the wintertime, it is easier to consume, as the hot soupy broth really warms you from the inside. 

You can also add bone broth to your smoothies, juices, soups, gravies, or all other recipes that call for stock as base. The flavor of the broth will be masked by these other beverages, but its benefits will still be there. Bone broth is an ideal pick-me-up for the afternoon slump but it is best when consumed in the morning for energy throughout the day.

Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone Broth Strengthens Teeth and Bones

All the good stuff that is extracted from the slow-cooking of the bones goes straight into your teeth and bones! Bone broth can strengthen teeth and prevent osteoporosis. All the calcium and phosphorus, which make up 60% of the bones, will go into the broth.

Bone Broth Fixes a Leaky Gut

Millions of Americans suffer from leaky gut, owing to toxic chemicals in the food and environment. People with IBS and leaky gut have benefitted from digestive and auto-immune conditions with a bone broth diet.

Bone Broth Improves Joint Health

Many compounds are ‘unlocked’ when we boil the bones in water and the apple cider vinegar,  further helping to draw out all of the essential nutrients from the bone into the broth. That is why bone broth is rich in gelatin, chondroitin, and glucosamine. These protect joint health in humans as well as in dogs. Many people with arthritis consume expensive pills and supplements containing chondroitin and glucosamine. Instead, one can consume bone broth which is inexpensive to make and whose ingredients are readily available everywhere.

Lessen Wrinkles with Bone Broth

Bones contain collagen and when this collagen steeps into the broth, your skin is bound to reap the benefits. Regular consumption of bone broth helps reverse signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, under-eye bags, puffy eyes, crows’ feet, etc. Bone broth also contains hyaluronic acid which is a key anti-aging ingredient in many night creams.

Conclusion

Bone broth is not new; it has been around since nearly 1000 BC. Today, many restaurants are offering different bone broth recipes on their menu. The slow simmering of bones creates the most nutritious, healing food that is good for our skin, joints, and digestion. You can easily acquire the ingredients for making bone broth at a butcher’s market, often at discounted prices. Just make sure to use only organic bones. A slow cooker is the best for making bone broth. Simply toss in the bones, herbs, seasoning, and apple cider vinegar into the cooker, turn the heat on low and come back after 6-24 hours! Drink bone broth daily to reap its benefits.

References

1 https://www.redbookmag.com/body/healthy-eating/news/a20907/shailene-woodley-loves-bone-broth-for-breakfast/

2 https://goop.com/food/food-news/why-bone-broth-is-so-good-for-us/

Highly Nutritious Healing & Heart-Warming Bone Broth By Daniel Blair

3 https://www.drstevenlin.com/can-bone-broth-heal-teeth-naturally/

4 https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/leaky-gut-bone-broth/

Medical Disclaimer

The content found on this website is for informational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Information and statements regarding health related benefits of certain ingredients are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information provided is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your personal physician or other medical professional. Do not use the information found within this website to self-diagnose any medical conditions or treat any health problems or diseases. The information provided is not intended to prescribe or be taken as medical advice.



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