Bone Broth 8 Reasons To Try
I couldn’t be more excited about this news. I first learned about the bone broth when I was reading all over the place about leaky gut syndrome. A doctor I know said one of her patients drinks bone broth and not only did they see vast improvements in gut issues, but she called it “magic.”
Once you get the bones, making a basic broth is simple: Cram them all into a slow cooker with whatever vegetables and herbs you have laying around, add purified water to the top, and set on low for 24 to 72 hours. It will smell wonderful and you’ll end up with a nutritious and cheap drink or soup base. (Here’s a more detailed recipe for advanced chefs.)
Here’s why you should try drinking bone broth.
1. Heal and seal 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. Bone Broth helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerance.
2. Protect 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.
3. 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.
4. Sleep better, and feel better. The glycine in bone broth has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory.
5. 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. (Something that won’t surprise your grandma who always made you her famous chicken soup when you got sick!) 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.
6. Stronger bones. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seeps out into the broth leaving you with the essential building blocks for healthy bones.
7. More energy. I’m not sure what the mechanism is for this, but if you read accounts of bone broth, you’ll notice everyone swears by the energy boost. I’d prefer to see science backing this up, but the research on bone broth is still emerging.
8. It’s very economical! What else were you going to do with those chicken carcasses, soup bones, and veggies going bad in your fridge?
8 Reasons to Try Bone Broth
- Grass-fed beef bones (, chicken carcass or any mixture of bones from wild or pasture-raised, healthy animals)
- Purified water
- 1 tablespoon vinegar ((apple cider or white))
- Place bones into a large crockpot. You only need a few bones to make broth, but the more you can fit in the crockpot the better.
- Fill with filtered water to cover all the bones completely (it’s okay if there are a few bones poking out of the water a little).
- Add a splash (about 1 tablespoon) of vinegar.
- Set your crockpot on low, and cook for at least 6 hours, preferably longer. Poultry bones can go as long as 24 hours, and beef bones can simmer for up to 48 hours.
- When the crockpot is cool enough to handle, pour the broth through a sieve into a storage container or use tongs to pick the bones out.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Use within 5 – 7 days or freeze for later.