Health benefits of bone broth
Humans have been consuming bone broth for thousands of years due to it’s endless nutritional health benefits. It was also a way our ancestors made use of every part of an animal – bones, marrow, feet, tendons and ligaments were boiled and then simmered over a period of days to release all the beneficial nutrients.
Healing properties include:
- Anti-ageing – Bone broth contains high amounts of collagen – the structural building blocks of skin to help prevent early signs of ageing. Collagen also supports healthy hair growth and keeps your nails strong.
- Bone health – During cooking minerals including calcium, phosphorus and magnesium in bone broth are released, which are important in maintaining strong and healthy bones.
- Gut health – The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion.
- Anti-inflammatory – During cooking bone broth releases anti-inflammatory compounds like glucosamine, that is found in expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.
- Boosts immunity – Chicken bone broth contains an amino acid called cysteine, which can thin the mucus in your lungs and make it less sticky so you can expel it more easily.
Broth is extremely versatile, here are some great ways to consume it:
- A base for soups and stews
- In a mug by itself as a warm drink
- As a base for gravy and sauce
- Cook in with veggies for extra nutrients
Bone Broth tonic
1 or 2 chicken carcass
500 – 700 gram of wings, feet, necks (any gristly, boney bits)
2 litres of filtered water
2 TBS apple cider vinegar
1 large onion chopped
3 celery sticks chopped
2 carrot chopped
2-3 sprigs of rosemary
1/4 cup dandelion root (organic dandelion root can be purchased through B inspired, contact me for details)
1 bunch parsley
2 cloves garlic
3 bay leaves
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Place chicken bones in a slow cooker with water, apple cider vinegar, and all vegetables.
Slow cook on low up to 24 hours
10-15 minutes before cooking time has finished add herbs and garlic
Strain the stock and refrigerate in a jar – use within 5-7 days
Dandelion is a bitters and prebiotic herb renowned for it’s ability to support detoxification, aid liver function, as well as nourish the good bacteria living in our digestive tract.
Tip – Before consuming stir in 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric for extra anti-inflammatory benefits or ghee for extra richness.
Ensure the chicken bones are organic and free range and beef or lamb bones are 100% grass fed to avoid any nasty hormones or antibiotics.
For more information on gut health or to book a naturopathic consultation contact B inspired healthy lifestyle.