For hundreds of years bone broth has been nourishing and healing many cultures. There’s a South American proverb says good broth will resurrect the dead! and we all know the old adage chicken soup cures a cold.
liquid gold bone broth
But do we know why? Chicken contains amino acids, particularly cysteine (which thins the mucus in the lungs and makes it less sticky) and minerals that can be easily utilized by the body like magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, silicon, and sulfur, as well as many other components that also contain stuff like glucosamine chondroitin sulfate now sold in expensive joint pain supplements. The health of our joints depends on collagen and while it is possible, but much less effective, to get some benefit from gelatin capsules or powder, the absorption and other factors besides gelatin is much preferred from bone broth and it’s much cheaper. There are collagen stimulating glycosaminoglycans in broth. GAG is not found in any other food other than the cartilage. It acts a growth hormone as it stimulates fibroblasts which are the key factors in laying collagen down. Important stuff for our hair, skin and nails and our joints, cartilage and tendons. Broth is also a key player in healing the kidneys and adrenal glands. I will be doing a whole separate blog post on the effects of bone broth and adrenals.
Beside the adrenals, for me, one of the most healing factors of taking bone broth has been what it can do for my gut. I’m a big proponent of the gut brain connection and the concept of healing and feeling in the gut through diet. To learn more about this check out the GAPS diet, Gut And Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Campbell. The gelatin found in bone broth attracts and holds liquid to the area which makes lubrication which makes a healthier gut lining. It reduces joint pain and inflammation with amino acids like glycine, proline and arginine that all have anti-inflammatory properties. The glycine is also a help for detoxifying the liver. I also add glutamine to my anti-inflammatory gut healing regimen which also has the added benefit of helping with post exercise muscle pain. I will be doing a post on glutamine and its usage in the future as well.
I will be talking more about ways to heal the gut and symptoms of a troubled gut like diarrhea and constipation, GERD and food sensitivities; all which can come from a leaky gut and leaky gut syndrome is something that we’ve been recently hearing a lot more about. I would love to hear from you on the subject.
Laura’s Bone Broth:
2-3 grass fed, organic beef joint bones 2-3 marrow (femur) bones 3 organic carrots 2 ribs organic celery 1/2 yellow onion 1/2 C fresh Italian flat leaf parsley 1 tsp turmeric Crushed garlic and oregano to taste Pink Himalayan sea salt and peppercorns to taste 2 T Braggs apple cider vinegar to leach minerals into the broth
Put bones in crock pot and cover with filtered water up to an inch above bones. Set to high for 4 hours. Switch to low for 8 hours. Remove from heat and remove bones and veggies from crock. Loosen the marrow out of the femur bones and set it aside. Using a cheese cloth or super thin cotton towel, strain broth into large mason jars or glass bottles. Be sure to leave room for expansion if you freeze it. I use the broth in soups or we drink it as a nourishing mini meal through the day. Another tip is to freeze some in ice cube trays and use it to saute and stir fry veggies. Remember that I had you set the marrow aside? That is worth its weight in gold for easing joint pain or tummy troubles. I give a capsule sized amount to my 7 pound 14 yr old toy poodle. for his arthritis He loves me for it! You can add it to your broth for extra richness or saute veggies with it.
Happy broth making!
Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know how yours turned out. 🙂