Bone broth is a mineral rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices. Bone broths (also called stocks) are used almost universally in traditional cuisines across the world, except America. Americans live such a fast-paced life. We do not have time to cook a whole chicken, let alone save the bones for a broth. Instead we would rather serve chicken nuggets for dinner!
I’m sure once you find out the health benefits of bone broth, you will not want to go another day without this super food. Yes, I’m well aware canned broths are available at the grocery store…but they do NOT have the health benefits of homemade broth. Most of them are tasteless (which is why we have bouillon cube to add extra flavor) and full of MSG.
Broth has been around for thousands of years. In folk wisdom, rich chicken broth is referred to as Jewish penicillin, because it is a valued remedy for the flu. The 12th century physician, Moses Maimonides, prescribed chicken broth as treatment for colds and asthma. I’m sure most of us grew up with our grandmothers or great-grandmothers making a huge pot of broth and serving it to anyone who was sick.
Health Benefits of Bone Broth:
*Contains minerals, particularly calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
*Improves digestion, allergies, eczema, immune health and brain health
*Used to treat adrenal fatigue
*Great source of gelatin and collagen. Gelatin and collagen can:
- Helps aid in digestion
- Helps hair and nails grow strong
- Help with leaky gut
- Helps in the treatment of intestinal disorders, such as colitis, IBS, and Crohn’s disease
- Help with chronic disorders, such as anemia and other diseased of the blood, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and even cancer
- Keep joints healthy
- Smooths fine lines and cellulite
*Great source of the amino acids glycine and proline.
- Proline is essential to the structure of collagen and is necessary for healthy bones, skin, ligaments and tendons.
- Glycine helps detoxify the liver and is necessary for the body to produce the powerful antioxidant, Glutathione. Glycine also helps promote muscle repair and growth.
Homemade Broth can be used as the liquid in making soups, stews, gravies, sauces, and reductions. It can also be used to saute or roast vegetables, or even served as a tea.
Another wonderful benefit of homemade broths is that it will add to the flavor of your food. If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting kitchens in the finest restaurants in France, you have observed pots of broth simmering on the burners of the stoves. It is worth taking time and putting effort in making broths on a regular basis. Your family will gain the wonderful health benefits and you will earn the reputation of being an excellent cook!