Bone broth benefits

It’s all the rage.

Yep, bone broth has become a trendy sipper that you can even find on the hip food scene in Vancouver (see Home on the Range Organics Ltd., a really cool enterprise that sells, amongst many other healthy foods and products, organic and grass-fed meats). You will find North America’s first Bone Broth Bar right here!

So why all the hype, you ask? Well, first of all, let’s get real. This isn’t a new recipe. Our fore-mothers¬† have been simmering broths over the fire for generations, with that remarkable motherly sixth sense that their kin would benefit from its extraordinary healing aspects. Like any down-to-basics, natural, old-style way of cooking, there is goodness to be found.

Again, why the hooplah over a batch o’ bone broth? To be clear, we aren’t talking about the $1.99 can on the shelf at your typical grocery store. We are talking about DIY stuff that is potently magical in its healing abilities – and easily concocted. Aside from a few basic ingredients, you just need a good dose of patience.

Let me extol the many virtues of BB first, and then I’ll give you a few ideas to get your own stamp on a homemade jar of broth.

Let’s start here: Bone broth. Is. A. Super. Food.

Specifically, bone broth:

  • ¬†helps heal the gut – gelatin protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tracts and aids in the digestion of nutrients
  • stimulates the growth of new collagen – glucosamine helps repair damaged joints, and reduces inflammation and pain
  • provides calcium, magnesium and phosphorus to help our bones grow and repair
  • gives us the highly anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline – needed for synthesis of DNA, RNA and many proteins, and aids digestion by helping to regulate the secretion of gastric acid; glycine is also very calming
  • supports detoxification of the liver
  • boosts antioxidant activity in the body
  • reduces atherosclerotic plaque build-up in arteries

And by the way – a beauty note for the ladies – all of that collagen activity helps to reduce cellulite, stretch marks and wrinkles.

Nice.

Here is a basic bone broth recipe – you will find all kinds of variations on the Internet, so feel free to ad-lib.

Basic Chicken Bone Broth

Ingredients

1 organic chicken (or a mess of giblets, carcasses, assorted bones)

8 cups of water (or to cover)

2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (the addition of an acid will draw the minerals from the bones)

1 large onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

Bunch of fresh parsley, added during final 10 minutes of cooking

Directions

Toss all ingredients (except fresh parsley) into a large crockpot. Turn on low and simmer until meat is falling off bones (if using a whole chicken) – about 8-10 hours. You may wish to remove the chicken meat earlier (if cooked to your desired level) and then toss the carcass back into the pot. If using a mixture of bones, simmer for 10-12 hours. Stir in parsley for final 10 minutes of simmering.

OR

Toss all ingredients into a big stock pot on the stove and simmer for 24-48 hours. Likewise, if you are simply simmering bones. Again, add parsley towards the end of your simmer fest.

Note: the longer the bones cook, the more gelatin is produced…this is a great thing! You actually want to see the thick layer of gelatin atop the mixture after it’s been refrigerated a bit. Also note that you can freeze and defrost your broth.

A cup a day will boost your energy levels and send your immune system into a state of rapture.

Good brothing to you, my friends!

photo courtesy simplycanning.com

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Bone broth benefits

  1. Detox Girl says:

    thanks for taking the time to share this with us :)

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