Bone broth is nothing new and have been used for centuries. Your mother or grandmother or maybe even you have made bone broth. Letting the meat and bones simmer for hours till is was done and come up with what people also call a nice stock. It is time consuming and it is so much easier to buy it ready made from the store. Those however do not have the same benefits as home made from quality meat.
There is however a revival in the use of it since all the old benefits are brought to the attention and openly supported by several celebrities.
The amazing nutritious values of bone broth is gaining back popularity and that is why I will dig a little deeper in how to make it and how you can use it to stay or improve your health.
There are some people who call bone broth natures multi vitamins because it contains multiple chemical compound and minerals that most of the time we do not get enough in our diet.
Here are a few things you can find in a bone broth
- More than 19 essential and non-essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks for protein.
- Collagen and Gelatin that helps us with forming the connective tissue and help us growing strong nails and hair.
- Many nutrients that support good digestion, brain health and our overall immune system
How do you make bone broth?
You can find the answer already in the name. By simmering animal bones for a couple of hours they will release all the nutrients in the bones, the marrow and the cartilage. By adding veggies, spices and herbs we can enhance the flavor and even add more value to the broth.
Most animal bones can be used and it does not matter if they are cooked or raw. You can use Beef, lamb, wild game, poultry, chicken, turkey and even fish bones for your bone broth.
You only need to realize that every type of bone needs its own time to simmer. A fish bone for example only needs a few hours, but a broth made of beef bones need to simmer for close to 48 hours. Each bone type needs this to draw all the beneficial nutrients out of them. I have seen recipes that they used a crock pot or slow cooker for it and that seems to work pretty easy.
The best meat to use is of course meat from an organic farm. The large commercial farmed animals that receive antibiotics and hormones are obviously not the best choice.
What are the nutrients in the bones
There are several beneficial nutrients that we can get from the bones and will be collected in the bone broth.
- Glycosaminoglycans. They support the production of collagen and elastin. Both are very good for the skin, nails and hair. They also support the digestive system by helping to restore the lining of our intestines. Some Glycosaminoglycans are hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine.
- Glucosamine will help you keep your bones strong and will keep you mobility up by improving the cartilage. Cartilage is that substance found in the cushion that keeps you from bones hitting each other.
- Hyaluronic acid is great for keeping your tissue healthy and this includes the rejuvenation of cells. It will also help you skin stay firmer. This is one of the main ingredients in some of the major anti-aging skin products. It is just that when it is the bone broth it works from the inside out.
- Chondroitin sulfate will in combination with glucosamine keep your joint healthy. It also showed in studies that it support your cardiovascular health and is great for you skin, and bones. It all helps you maintain your cholesterol levels.
- Electrolytes and minerals are both found in bone broth and they include potassium, magnesium, calcium and minerals like phosphorus. All of them are important for supporting many processes in your body like the functionality of your nerve signaling, circulation and digestive health
- Collagen is found in the quality bone broths and it has some major important functions. One of the things is forming the connective tissues that makes it easier for you to move. Protecting your gastrointestinal trace by lining it is another very important aspect of having it in your bone broth.
Like I mentioned earlier it is a very good source of many amino acids and many of them we can only get in our system through food.
Bone broth nutrition for healing
Since bone broth is extremely high in nutrients and proteins and is very good for all of us it might be very beneficial for healing or supporting medical treatments. It is mentioned that cancer patients who undergo treatments like surgery and chemo therapy or radiation need more calories and protein for healing to recover from these treatments.
You can just sip it or use it as a soup base and add all kind other healing and cancer fighting ingredients lie organic veggies, ginger, turmeric and more. You can very easy add herbs to enhance the flavor.
Immune system support
A healthy gut is an essential part of staying healthy. One of the main effects of bone broth is that it support your immune system by helping your gut staying in good health.
By using bone broth you can restore your gut health and in this way support your immune system.
Some other benefits of bone broth is that it can improve your sleep, give you more energy and since you feel better also improve your mood. We all have to look at our body as one holistic system that all connects to each other.
Bone broth slow cooker recipe
This is not really a recipe but more tips on how to start with making bone broth at home in slow cooker.
There is no way you can do bone broth right or wrong in my opinion.
If you have bones left from a chicken dinner, or beef roast or even fish. Stick them in a freezer bag in the freezer till you have enough to make a batch.
Just remember that organic bones are the best. All the others have hormones and anti-antibiotics in them and that is something we do not want in it of course.
Put all the meat in the crock-pot and turn it on. You should add a little apple cider vinegar to help dissolve the minerals even better. You can add veggies, herbs and spices the way you like it to enhance the flavor and the taste.
Cover it and let it cook on low for about 24 hours. After this you strain it and you have a chicken bone broth.
How long can you keep it?
Most bone broth can be kept refrigerated for about a couple of weeks. In the freezer it will stay good for about 6 months or even longer. I use mason jars and fill them not to the top and they go in the freezer marked and labeled with a date on it so I know to do the FIFA. First on in first one out.
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