All this time, we have been forgetting about how fascinating meat bones could benefit the body. Who would know that one of our ancestors’ secrets to longer lives and fitter body is their love for bone broth. Luckily someone opened up and shone the light again to bone broth after generations almost missed how tasty and healthy these marvelous soups can be.
Bone broth is one of the most nutritious, mineral-dense foods that we could add in our diet, and could also be the key of healing protocols to many illnesses. Aside from it is a cheap source of good protein and nutrients; bone broth is also an alternative way of nourishment instead of buying expensive grass-fed meat and supplements, plus it is extra yummy too!
What does Home-Made Bone broth have?
Unlike to those factory made, MSG filled, artificially flavored cubes that are abundant in the market, real bone broth contains numerous nutrients that could be your body’s prospect BFFs and also a good source of gelatin, which is a real kick-ass health-booster. This precious gelatin is released by slow cooking the bones or your preferred cartilages. It is a hydrophilic protein, which attracts water and juices that aid to improve digestion. Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid, the strongest fighters against arthritis and other joint ailments, are also found in bone broth.
There are various kinds of Bone broths, which contain collagen that in turn helps the body in many ways. In a talk by Dr. Josh Axe, who is an expert in natural medicine and clinical nutrition, he has mentioned that Beef bones contain types 1 and 3 collagen that mainly nourishes the nails and the skin. Chicken bones contain type 2 collagen that is best for the health of the gut and the bones. Fish bones and collagen is effective in the production of human collagen in the body.
More Bone Broth Benefits
Improves Skin, Hair and Nails
One of women’s problems in menopausal stage is thinning and drying of hair, skin and nails. Bone broth’s gelatin could strengthen the hair and nails, and could also make the skin supple just like the teen days.
Bones’ Best friend
Calcium and phosphorus are some of the minerals released as you cook down the bone broth. And we know these substances are beneficial for rebuilding of bones. Not only these but also few more minerals like Silicon, Sulfur, and Magnesium are also found in these magnificent broths, which are all vital to build new bones. Furthermore, these minerals are great help to people who are suffering from chronic bone illnesses like osteoporosis.
A hormone called osteocalcin is produced in bones that help in the improvement of brain function, by stabilizing mood and enhancing the memory. Additionally, our brain is made up of fats therefore essential good fats found in bone broth are great help for the health of our nervous system.
Keeps Healthy Blood Cells
We all know that blood is made in the bone marrow. It contains stem cells that are necessary to production of healthy red blood cells. By consuming bone broth, you get to have the necessary substances for production of new red and white blood cells. In fact, gelatin from bone broth is used to generate new cells to treat anemia.
Enhances Immune System
As just mentioned, white cells are made in the bone marrow that contains necessary nutrition for regeneration of cells. And we know that white blood cells are responsible for our immunity against harmful diseases. Though in cooking the bone broth, white blood cells are broken down, some of their components still remain that could help in regeneration of new cells.
Optimizates Digestive Tract Function
Many studies are supporting the idea that bone broth could heal the digestive tract. Not only that it could heal and aid for better digestion, but could as well help us regain strength faster when we’re recovering from illnesses. The gelatin from bone broth could also heal the wounds of digestive tract from illnesses like Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Furthermore, a healthy digestive tract results to better absorption of nutrients such as protein. And better absorption of nutrition always leads to a better health.
Detoxifies the body
Broth is an added help when cleansing and fasting, as it heals the digestive tract unlike raw vegetables and juices that are more difficult to break down for a damaged tract. However, the quality of broth may also affect the quality of detoxification. So if your main goal is to detoxification, choose bones and ingredients from organic sources such grass-fed animals.
Balances the Endocrine System
As mentioned, a protein source found in bones called osteocalcin acts as a hormone that regulates the function of glands. Some of osteocalcin’s importance is it helps the pancreas produce more insulin; it improves moods and signals the testes to produce more testosterone. Additionally, the gelatin released in bone broth stabilizes the production of estrogen that is both beneficial to health of male and female.
One of menopausal women’s concerns is their unstable emotion and mood changes. As previously mentioned, the hormone acting osteocalcin produced in bones regulate several functions of glands and stabilizes mood by calming the mind and eliminating anxiety.
How to Make Bone Broth
In making your very own bone broth, it is suggested you choose parts that are mostly ligaments because this is where nutrients are released. We found a very interesting New Yorker Chef known as Marco Canora.
He has this deep enthusiasm about bone broth, as it is one of those nutritious foods that saved his life. He was once a manic chef that worked hard like a dog and did partying at night. He was consuming unhealthy food and was living a lifestyle like a badass rock star, until drawbacks in his health emerged just as ruthless. That was when he realized that health is the paramount of life. He began sipping bone broth like a child, straight from the bowl. And when he felt how broth was healing his body, he believed everyone should know about it. In collaboration with his partner chef, Paul Grieco, chef Marco has managed to put up a restaurant at East Village, NYC, that they called Hearth. However, he thought to himself he wanted an alluring dining spot that would focus on his love for broth. That’s why he came up with Brodo.
As with Chef Marco's advocation of pursuing health, he also wrote books about healthy cooking and eating.
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Learn how to be a master cook of bone broths at home! Here's a 5-minute Video of How to Make your own Bone Broth Stock over the stove top. (5.13 minutes)
You may also use a crock pot to make your bone broth. Here's a recipe by Dr. Josh Axe using beef bones with marrow to make the broth. (51 seconds)
If you don't have enough time to make your own bone broth at home, there packed bone broths in the market today. Make sure that you look for organic types that are made from grass fed ingredients. Look for ones that use filtered water and organic garlic, onions, parsley, apple cider vinegar and sea salt. Also, it would be good to look for a seller that ships frozen broth.