Before additives, preservatives and flavorants were added to foods to make them tasty, there were good, old-fashioned broths. By the end of this article, you will be convinced that you need to include these into your diet, and will want to thank Grandma for her infinite wisdom in giving us these golden bowls of goodness.
Specifically, I want to re-introduce you to the bone broth. Slightly different from a broth, a bone broth is made with the leftover bones and the small amount of meat clinging to them. See the recipe at the end of the article to clarify how to make this delicious dish.
The Benefits of Bone Broth:
Old folklore advised people to “eat what ails you” and in this case it seems to be true. Bone Broth contains several nutrients that help strengthen your own skeletal system. Did you know that our bones are close to 50% protein? During the cooking process, the collagen from the bones and joints gets broken down to gelatin. Gelatin provides the raw materials for us to build our own connective tissue, and delivers a very interesting benefit for rheumatoid arthritis by helping to stop the immune reaction in its tracks.
Further than the gelatin and proteins, bone broth contains both glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, which are well known to help with joint pain and preventing osteoarthritis respectively.
Gut and Immune Health
For leaky gut syndrome specifically, a cup a day works miracles, but bone broths are also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) contains a vital nutrient, glutamine, which provides the primary fuel for all the cells in your gut lining, and seals up any holes. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.
We know that our bones are made up of minerals. These minerals actually leach into the water when we are preparing our bone broth. When you drink that glorious cup, you are actually giving yourself a good dose of bone-building phosphorous, magnesium and calcium!
If we ever locate the fountain of youth, we may find that the water is actually bone broth. The collagen content of bone broth boosts the radiance of your skin, hair and nails, and can actually keep you looking younger for longer.
We know that sleeping well goes a LONG way towards feeling well, and bone broths can also help with that. The glycine content of bone broth has been shown to help improve both sleep and memory.
Aside from these 5 fabulous benefits, a lot of people report improved energy levels on bone broths. Not to mention that this is the most economic meal you can prepare! Use your bone broth as a base for soups to give a delicious flavor, or drink it straight as is and enjoy the benefits.
How To Make Your Bone Broth
What you need:
- Leftover bones from your meat dish prepared at home; or ask your local butcher for a bag of bones (you may even get them for free!). You may choose to first brown the bones in a pot slightly, otherwise leave them as is.
- Any leftover vegetables or even vegetable off-cuts and skins (except the bitter ones like sweet peppers)
- Any herbs lying around at home unused.
- Vinegar (preferably apple cider vinegar), about a quarter cup is sufficient.
What to do:
- Pop all the ingredients into a big pot of water and lightly simmer for 6-8 hours (or 2-3 hours in a pressure cooker). Basically you want the bones to be as soft as possible because that means you have gotten lots of minerals out into the water.
- Strain out all the bits
- Enjoy immediately, or separate into containers and freeze for later use.