Bone broth is quickly becoming a very popular trend in the health and fitness world. People are drinking it to lose weight, improve their skin and even help nourish their joints.
But what exactly is bone broth?
In short, bone broth is a nutritious stock made from simmering animal bones and its connective tissues. Using an acid, like vinegar or even lemon juice, the acid helps to break down the collagen and tissue, leaving you with a quite tasty and nutritious liquid commonly used in sauces and soups.
Bone broth is full of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur, and others, in the best form that your body can easily absorb. Bone broth also contains chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the very same compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. Bone broth helps heal and seal your gut, inhibits inflammation, fights infection and as a bonus, bone broth is full of collagen. As we age, we lose collagen. Collagen is a super functional ingredient for beautiful skin, fewer wrinkles, and healthy joints. Sounds like the perfect protein drink!
Bone broth can be made from any animal bones, but the most popular sources are chicken, turkey, lamb, pig, beef, wild game like deer, and even fish. Any marrow or connective tissue can be used to make the broth; this includes beaks, feet, gizzards, spines, hooves and legs, hocks, whole carcasses or fins.
Reasons to Start Drinking Bone Broth: Aside from promoting weight loss, bone broth has several other amazing benefits. As explained by Health and Wellness writer, Sally Fallon: “Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.”
Heal/Seal That Gut: According to holistic nutrition coach/founder of Healthful Elements, Jill Grunewald; just a cup of bone broth a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome. The gelatin in the bone broth helps to seal up any holes that may be in your intestines. This can help cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some of those annoying food intolerances.
Protect Your Joints: It turns out that bone broth contains glucosamine. Unlike your typical glucosamine pills that you may pick up from your local pharmacy, this broth also includes a lot of other nutrients that will help to keep your joints pain free and healthy. The chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has been shown to even help prevent osteoarthritis.
Immune Support: Thanks to its high concentration of minerals, bone broth is considered to be a superfood. The amino acids in bone broth such as arginine, glutamine, and cysteine, have been shown to boost immunity in humans and even animals! A study conducted at Harvard University showed that individuals who dealt with auto-immune disorders experienced a relief of their symptoms when drinking bone broth, some even achieving a complete remission.
Stronger Bones: The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium seeps out from the bones and into the broth leaving you with the essentials perfect for healthy bones.
Bottom Line: In addition to these benefits, Bone broth contains a number of healthy and beneficial nutrients, and the gelatin the broth contains has additional side-effects, such as stronger and healthier nails, joint-pain relief, lowers blood sugar levels, improves your sleep, and can even normalize stomach acid.
This is our personal bone broth recipe. Try making your bone broth at the beginning of the week and cook it overnight in the slow cooker. Then you can store it in airtight containers in the fridge. It’s also a good idea to freeze a cup or two so that you always have a reserve when you need it. This recipe calls for beef bones but you can also make a broth out of chicken, fish or pork bones.
1 lb of beef bones – strong healthy bones from grass-fed animals!
2 large carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
small handful of fresh parsley or rosemary, chopped
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 liter or more water
1 tsp salt
- Place bones into a slow cooker and drizzle with apple cider vinegar. This step is very important because the vinegar bring all the nutrients and minerals out of the bones and into the broth.
- Add the chopped veggies and then add enough water to cover the bones and also to make enough bone broth.
- Cook for 12 hours.
- Discard the bones, veggies and keep the liquid. Let it cool down, adjust the taste with salt and pepper. Store in containers in the refrigerator or in the freezer.
- When you store the bone broth in refrigerator, you will notice that there’s a thick layer of fat at the very top of the jar. Discard it.