There’s a new trendy hot beverage filling mugs across America and experts are already singing its health praises. So what is this magical elixir? Bone broth.
Broth (or technically, stock) is a mineral rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices. Broth is a traditional food that your grandmother likely made often (and if not, your great-grandmother definitely did). Many societies around the world still consume broth regularly as it is a cheap and highly nutrient dense food. It can be made from the bones of beef, bison, lamb, poultry, or fish, and vegetables and spices are often added.
Why bone broth
– It heals and seals your gut. According to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements, a cup a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.
– It protects your joints. Taking glucosamine supplements to help with joint pain has been common knowledge for years, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine too. But unlike pills, the broth also includes a host of other goodies that help keep your joints happy, healthy, and pain-free. The chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.
– It makes you look younger. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen. You can find collagen in all kinds of ‘plumping’ products these days, but why stick it on the outside when you can drink it? Not only is drinking it cheaper, but it can make your skin, hair, and nails look just as radiant.
– You sleep better and feel better. The glycine in bone broth has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory.
– It provides immune support. Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, actually calls bone broth a ‘superfood’ thanks to the high concentration of minerals. He says that the bone marrow can help strengthen your immune system. A Harvard study even showed that some people with auto-immune disorders experienced a relief of symptoms when drinking bone broth, with some achieving a complete remission.
– It strengthens your bones. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seep out into the broth leaving you with the essential building blocks for healthy bones.
– It’s very economical. Bone broths are very inexpensive; the cost of bones is usually under $2/lbs. How to Use Bone Broth
– Drink it plain with a little salt, ground pepper and crushed garlic.
– Braised & Roast Meats: Easy Roast Chicken, Salisbury Steak for Grownups, Cider-braised Brisket with Tzimmes, Roast Lamb with Oregano and Lemon, Beef Pot Roast with Winter Vegetables, Pan-Roasted Chicken with Tarragon, Mustard and Cream,
– Soups & Stews: French Onion Soup, Potato Leek Soup with Dill, Gluten-free Chicken & Dumplings, Chipotle Chile, Black Bean & Chicken Soup, Spiced Lentil Soup with Roasted Tomatoes, Curried Lentil Soup with Coconut, Onion Bisque with Frizzled Leeks, Egg Drop Soup with Duck, Wild Mushroom Stew, Caldo Verde, Winter Minestrone Soup, Beef Burgundy, Kale and White Bean Soup, Asparagus Soup, Lovage Soup, Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Lentil Stew.
– Braising Vegetables: Braised Whole Baby Beets, Braised Turnips with Parsley
How to Store Bone Broth
Bone broth can be stored in the refrigerator for no more than a week. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays, and transfer the frozen cubes of broth to a resealable freezer bag where they will keep for 6 months.