The knowledge about the magic of bone broths was once passed down over many generations and was basic common knowledge in households. Sadly, with the introduction of the modern diet with it’s “convenient” fast foods, the use of this amazing elixir has vanished for the stove top
Almost every culture throughout history has used bone broth for nutritional benefits and added flavor. “Jewish penicillin” in the form of chicken soup is used to fight colds and decrease inflammation. Chinese medicine uses bone broths to build the blood, support digestion, and nourish the kidneys. And since the Victorian Era, the English have sipped beef broth, or beef tea.
Real bone broth is simply homemade stock from animal bones simmered in water for hours or days. Chicken, beef, pig, fish, turkey, or any animal of your choice will do. The idea is that the longer you cook it, the more nutritious the broth is. Apple cider vinegar can be added to help pull the nutrients out of the bones. After cooking down the bones and connective tissue, what you are left with in the end is a true SUPER FOOD that has amazing healing effects on the body. Not only is this a very cost effective way to make medicine, but it is far superior to any supplements you can buy.
Why bone broth is good for you….
1. Promotes healing: Bone broths have been used successfully in treating gastro-intestinal disorders, including hyper-acidity, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and infant diarrhea.
2. Digestive aid: Aids in the digestibility of grains, beans, legumes, vegetables and meats.
3. Macro minerals: Contains highly absorbable forms of the calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur and fluoride as well as trace minerals.
4. Gelatin and Collagen: Rich in both; promoting bone and joint healing in addition to supporting digestion. Gelatin is an inexpensive source of supplementary protein. Gelatin also helps fight against degenerative joint disease, supports the connective tissue in your body and helps the fingernails and hair to grow. * Protein: adds easily digestible protein to your diet
5. Amino acids: Glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and lysine are formed, which is important to detoxification and amino acid production in the body. The Paleo Mom has a great explanation of the importance of amino acids.
6. Joint Support: Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid are produced and present for additional muscle and joint support. Save money on these expensive supplements by making your own bone broth.
7. Immune system: Promotes the assimilation of vitamins and minerals and thus supports the immune system. Broth is helpful to have on hand when anyone in the family gets sick as it can be a soothing and immune boosting drink during illness, even if the person doesn’t feel like eating.
8. It’s delicious!!!! use for soups, cooking liquid, sauces or as a tea.
Sounds like a SUPER FOOD to me…..
In our household, we use bone broth for all the soups that we eat. And I make a lot of soups. We also drink bone broth as a tea in the winter months to boost the immune system. I find that I am less hungry throughout the day and crave less sugar when I drink my daily cup of broth in the morning. I just add a little celtic sea salt and nutritional yeast. I usually use chicken bones and feet, but you can use beef or lamb as well.
To learn how to make easy bone broth, go HERE
Good broth resurrects the dead. ~ South American Proverb