Learn to make homemade Bone Broth to reap its many health benefits. Bone broth can improve digestion, allergies, immune health, brain health, and much more. This is something you’ll want to have on hand this fall to sip when the weather changes.
Bone Broth is not something many people make often since they are unaware of the many healthy benefits it provides. You may already pick up beef bones from your butcher to have them as treats for your dogs, but don’t discount them in your own diet. The marrow in the middle of the bones is incredibly good for you. Bone broth is simple to make and very inexpensive. You can sip on this broth and reap the many benefits it serves your body. Broth is simply a mineral-rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs, and spices. Read on to find out just five of the healthy benefits bone broth has to offer.
- Homemade bone broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals. The minerals in bone broth are easily absorbed by the body.
- Bones are filled with protein, actually they are 50% protein by volume. The proteins in bone broth deliver an especially interesting benefit for rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease marked by painful damage to the tendons and ligaments.
- Bone broth helps with digestion – Suffering from acid reflux, IBS, or FODMAPS intolerance? Bone broth is filled with Glycine which is useful because it stimulates the production of stomach acid. Glycine is also an important component of bile acid, which is necessary for fat digestion in the small intestine.
- Bone Broth Helps to Detox – Glycine also helps in detoxification of the body. Glycine helps the liver in removing anything dangerous from the body. Glycine is also necessary for the synthesis of glutathione and uric acid, the body’s most important endogenous antioxidants.
- Bone Broth Smoothes Skin – As we age, our collagen production decreases. Bone broth is rich in collagen, the proteins found in flesh and connective tissues. Skin becomes smoother and more supple when there’s an abundance of connective tissue in your system. Some have even suggested that bone broth helps eliminate cellulite.
Now that you know what consuming Bone Broth can do for your body, we’re sure you’re going to want to try it out. Here’s a simple recipe to get you started.
- 2 lbs of bones from a healthy source (a local butcher is a great source)
- 1 onion
- 2 carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 1 tbsp of sea salt
- 1 tsp peppercorns
- Additional herbs or spices to taste
- Gather together high quality bones.
- Shoot for 2 pounds per gallon of water.
- If you are using raw bones, especially beef bones, it improves the flavor to roast them in the oven for 30 minutes at 350º before boiling them.
- Place the bones in the pot with the Apple Cider Vinegar and let sit 20 minutes so the acid helps make the nutrients in the bones come out.
- Add your vegetables that you have chopped up and any spices.
- Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer Beef Bones for 48 hours
- Simmer Chicken Bones for 24 hours.
- You can skim the fatty froth off of the top but it will not hurt you.
- Strain and place in quart jars in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze.
- Drink at least 1 cup per day as a health boost or include in your recipes that require prepared broth.
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Disclosure: The author of this article is not a trained medical professional, nor a dietician. All of the information in this post is based on research and personal experience.