I first heard a buzz about bone broth when I was in nutrition school at CSNN. At first I was like ok, I get it. It’s soup stock. But it kept coming up in class after class as we learned about different aspects of holistic health from preventing injury in sport to aging with grace.
The more I learned the more I started hyping it up too.
This stuff is magic!
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is essentially slow cooked bones and veggies. They can be cooked raw or roasted first for a deeper flavor. What’s important is the variety of bones used how long it’s cooked for.
The best bone broth is made from the joints of healthy animals. These are all the nasty parts like knees, necks and feet. They’re the best because they are composed of lots of connective tissue, which is broken down in the cooking process. This releases collagen into the liquid, eventually making the whole thing gelatinous when it cools.
To get all the goodness out, bones should be hit with an acid like vinegar or lemon juice in cold water before they’re cooked to help break down the alkaline bones. This helps free up all of the valuable proteins and minerals from the bones as they cook for 4-72 hours.
Why Should You Drink Bone Broth?
Bone broth is good for you for so many reasons! Drinking it or using it to cook or flavor other food is like taking a nutritional supplement in its most delicious and most bioavailable form.
The benefits of bone broth are wide and varied but here are some highlights:
Whether you’re trying to heal a broken bone or trying to make sure your bones are rock solid, bone broth is an incredible nutritional supplement for your needs. When the bones are dissolved the minerals and amino acids that made them up are free in the liquid. When you drink that liquid you are consuming the exact matrix of proteins and minerals that your body needs to strengthen your own bones.
A bone broth made from joints means that all of the connective tissue that built that joint is dissolved into the broth. So, just like with bones, it is available in the right ratio that your body needs for it to help build and strengthen your own joints.
Bone broth is exceptionally high in amino L glutamine. When we eat poorly, encounter toxins or consume things that we might be sensitive or allergic to our guts get aggravated. Extended aggravation can lead to an inflamed gut leading to allergies or even leaky gut syndrome. Bone broth has exactly what your gut needs to repair itself and make it more resistant to future aggravation.
Has anyone every recommended you eat chicken noodle soup when you’re feeling under the weather? Well its not the chicken or the noodles that will bring you back to life, it’s the broth! The research shows that your grandma’s advice was well founded as it boosts immunity and helps particularly with upper respiratory tract infections.
Hyaluronic acid is the biggest buzz in beauty right now and bone broth is full of it! You will often find it in skin creams because it helps your skin retain moisture making it look more radiant. Combined with easily absorbed collagen, sulfur and a broad range of vitamins and minerals, bone broth gives your body everything it needs to support healthy skin, hair and nails.
Where Can You Get Bone Broth?
The Internet is full of great recipes to make your own. You can make it on the stove or in a slow cooker for a set it and forget it experience.
If you would rather not deal with home cooking you can consider buying it fresh or frozen from your local grocery or health food store where you can support great local brands like Bo and Marrow. There are also healthy shelf stable brands like Kettle and Fire, but when shopping the shelves, be sure to read the ingredients to make sure the product is actually a bone broth and not a generic stock full of fillers.
Others prefer to consume bone broth in a powdered supplement form. In this form it’s easy to add to soups, smoothies and anything else your heart – or gut – desires, without having to worry about refrigeration.
Whichever form of bone broth you decide to use, make sure it is organic and free of additives, preservatives, texturizers and any other nasty ingredients.
How Do You Use it?
You can heat it up and sip it first thing in the morning before your cup of morning Joe or turn it into a main dish. You can use it as a soup base or instead of water when you cook rice, quinoa, lentils or veggies. You can even blend it into your smoothie or steam it into your next breakfast hash.
Consuming bone broth is a delicious way to add nutrition to your diet and the ways you can sneak it in are endless!
Bone broth is a traditional food that’s making a big comeback. It’s easy to sneak into foods and it’s delicious on its own. And, with so many proven health benefits you can bet that this revived health trend is here to stay. So give it a go! Buy it pre-made or make it yourself. (Here is a recipe that I’ve made and loved!)
Have you tried bone broth? Have you used it therapeutically? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below!