Have you been wondering why so many of your friends have taken to boiling up bones from the pet store in the name of health?
What they’re doing is making bone broth, and we’re excited to be carrying soup bones, and bone broth at SPUD, so you can save yourself a trip to the store. Bone broth can be added to soups and stews to add nutritional density, or can be drunk alone as a side to any meal. Renowned for having healing properties, health gurus are attributing a ton of anti-inflammatory benefits associated with bone broth, which become helpful in treating gut and other health issues. Read on to get the full low down on the many healing benefits of this tasty soup base, and make sure you check out our recipe for Classic Bone Broth at the bottom!
Relieves leaky gut syndrome.
Those suffering from leaky gut syndrome–rejoice! The gelatin found in just one cup o’ broth a day is said to work wonders on leaky gut syndrome, helping to seal leaks in intestines, curing chronic diarrhea, relieving constipation, and some food intolerances.
As we learned in Gut Health 101, a healthy microbiome sends happy signals to the brain, which impacts mood, learning, and stress management. When your microbiome is unhealthy, it can send signals of anxiety.
Protects your joints.
Achy joints? Bone broth is filled with proteins which help to strengthen your skeletal system and give your body the raw materials it needs to rebuildyour connective tissue, especially tendons and ligaments. Many people take glucosamine supplements for joint pain but you can get the same benefits from simply drinking bone broth.
Will give you a healthy glow.
Ever seen products boasting ‘added collagen’ for healthier looking skin? You can receive these same benefits from bone broth, which is a rich source of collagen. After drinking broth regularly, get ready for healthier hair, skin, and nails.
Better sleeps, and improved memory.
Glycine in bone broth has inhibitory neurotransmitters, which help you relax. Glycine has also been shown to help with sleep, memory, and can be used as a natural treatment to reduce insomnia.
The amino acids in bone broth such as arginine, glutamine, and cysteine have been shown to boost immunity and ward off illnesses.
Studies have shown that the necessary nutrients for bone health include an adequate supply of calcium, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, manganese, copper, boron, iron, vitamin A, D, K, C, and B. And guess what? Bone broth made with vegetables and meat or fish provides a good sources of all these vitamins and minerals!
Glycine gives your liver a turbo boost in removing anything dangerous from the body, and is also necessary for synthesizing glutathione and uric acid, the body’s most important endogenous antioxidants.
Builds and repairs muscle.
The amino acids in bone broth help to stimulate muscle protein synthesis, which is essential for muscle growth, repair, and maintenance of skeletal muscle groups. Studies have also shown that liquids with carbohydrates and electrolytes, like a bone broth simmered with vegetables, outperform water when it comes to restoring exercise capacity.
Aids in digestion.
The glycine in bone broth stimulates the production of stomach acid. When you don’t have enough stomach acid, your food sits in your stomach half digested, and the pressure from your stomach being so full can force acid up into your esophagus. Glycine can help to prevent or treat this painful problem, and is an immense relief to those experiencing acid reflux or IBS.
Classic Bone Broth Recipe
*Note – the cooking time will depend on the type of bones used.
- For beef allow 48 hours cooking
- For poultry allow 24 hours cooking
- For fish allow 8 hours cooking
- 2 pounds (or more) of bones – best to use meat without hormones or antibiotics
- 2 chicken feet for extra gelatin (optional)
- 1 onion
- 2 carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon peppercorns
- Additional herbs or spices to taste
- 2 cloves of garlic for the last 30 minutes of cookng
- Large stock pot and strainer
- If you are using raw bones, especially beef bones, it improves flavor to roast them in the oven first. Place them in a roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes at 350.
- Place the bones in a large stock pot. Pour water over the bones and add the vinegar. Let sit for 20-30 minutes in the cool water. The acid helps make the nutrients in the bones more available.
- Rough chop and add the vegetables (except the parsley and garlic, if using) to the pot. Add any salt, pepper, spices, or herbs, if using.
- Bring the broth to a boil. Once it has reached a rolling boil, reduce to a simmer, and keep simmering until done.
- During the first few hours of simmering, you’ll need to remove the impurities that float to the surface. A frothy/foamy layer will form and it can be easily scooped off with a big spoon. Throw this part away. Check it every 20 minutes for the first 2 hours to remove this. Grass-fed and healthy animals will produce much less of this than conventional animals.
- During the last 30 minutes, add the garlic and parsley, if using.