Alyse Co-cliff from “An Apple A Day” Holistic Health Coaching gives us the inside story on bone broth – as unappealing as it may sound – this beauty has a huge amount of nutrients!
If you have worked with me, you will know that I am not a huge fan of supplementation. I believe everything we need to maintain optimum health and wellbeing is available in the form of clean, organic, whole food and herbs.
A perfect example of natural whole-food supplementation is that of bone broth. At our house, we drink this stuff like it is going out of fashion. Not only do we LOVE the taste (yes, I drink a cup of this stuff on its own), bone broth has a number of health and healing benefits:
1. BONE BROTH IMPROVES JOINT HEALTH
Bone broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Glucosamine (yep, that pill everyone is popping to reduce aching joints) is one these GAGs. Bone broth not only contains glucosamine but chondroitin, hyaluronic acid and a whole host of other beneficial GAGs you won’t find in a pill. These GAGs help keep our joints healthy and because they are in their natural form are resistant to digestion, ensuring your are getting maximum bang for your cup.
Bone broth is rich in minerals including that of calcium. Calcium is the raw material for bone production, and in some cases bone stock is considered to be one of the best sources of calcium around.
Collagen also found in bone broth has been known for its use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments.
2. BONE BROTH HEALS YOUR GUT & IMPROVES DIGESTION
Gelatin is also one of the most vital nutrients for healing the gut and bone broth is full of it. Bone broth has successfully used in the treatment of many intestinal disorders including hyperacidity, colitis, leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s disease and infant diarrhea.
Gelatin also facilitates digestion by attracting digestive juices to the food in the gut, thus assisting with the effective digestion of food.
A recent study also suggested that gelatin may help reduce joint pain in athletes.
3. BONE BROTH HELPS WITH DETOXIFICATION
Our liver’s ability to detoxify is limited by the availability of glycerin. As you would have guessed, bone broth is rich in glycerin!
Glycerin has also been shown to improve sleep patterns.
Bone broth has also been known to help eliminate cellulite.
4. BONE BROTH IMPROVES BEAUTY
Forget supplementation, bone broth is rich in gelatin and collagen to help support your body’s connective tissue, improving the strength and quality of your nails, skin and hair
5. BONE BROTH IMPROVES IMMUNITY
Bone broth is rich in calcium, magnesium phosphorus, potassium and a number of other important trace minerals, thus assisting the immune system.
In folk wisdom, rich chicken broth is a valued remedy for the flu.
HOW TO MAKE BONE BROTH
Bone broth can be made from any animal with bones and the most popular soup bones include those of fish, chicken, turkey, beef and lamb. The bones house a variety of powerful nutrients that become released when they are slowly simmered in water for a few hours. I have included a recipe for chicken bone broth, one of my personal favorites, HERE.
HOW TO USE BONE BROTH
We personally drink bone broth on its own in a mug. I add a little Himalayan rock salt or Celtic sea salt before consuming.
Use your bone broth in any recipe that calls for chicken stock. This will provide you with a much more nutritious recipe base than any store bought product. It makes a great base for soups, stews and gravies.
We add broth to vegetables instead of dairy (i.e. mashed sweet potato). We also use it to braise vegetables, especially greens, it gives them a great flavour.