Benefits of Bone Broth Nutrition
Beef bones aren’t just treated to the dogs anymore! We buy them on purpose from the local butcher shop to use for ourselves!
Just put a couple of pounds of bones into a pot and add filtered water until they are covered. Add maybe a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar and let this sit for an hour or two. Then, bring to a boil, skim the foam off the top with a spoon, cover and cook on low (just a light simmer) for up to 50 hours. Strain and enjoy. Want more flavor? Feel free to add herbs and spices, garlic and onion, leeks or celery, etc… just before you put the cover on. It’s a lot like making a stew; only you’re more concerned with the leftover liquids when you’re done than the solid bits. Just make sure you’re cooking it slow and low heat. The higher the temp, the higher the likelihood you will be creating some MSG in your broth (it naturally occurs in the breakdown of the proteins). Have children? Bone broth for babies can be an option too. Be sure to check out our article on it.
The gelatin in the broth heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract. Think of it like a sealant that goes in and seals up the cracks and holes.
Joint and Muscle Pain
Gelatin relieves joint pain. Glycine and proline (amino acids found in bone broth nutrition) lessen inflammation, repair tissue, help stiff joints and aid in building muscle. Bone broth also contains chondroitin and glucosamine. If you’ve ever looked for over-the-counter joint support, I’m sure you’ve seen these two ingredients in the majority of the products.
Sore Tendons or Ligaments
Bone broth nutrition contains a lot of collagen. This collagen along with some of the other beneficial properties in bone broth helps rebuild your connective tissues, like your tendons and ligaments and even beautifies your skin, as it too needs collagen to stay soft and supple. Sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis usually love the effects of adding bone broth into their diet. Your hair and nails will benefit too!
Bone broth to the rescue! Have you heard of eating chicken soup when you’re sick? Well, when it is made at home in the traditional way (not out of a can), it is made with chicken broth – yep, from the bones of chickens (necks and feet, as well as the carcass after picking it clean, are all good for this!). Bone Broth nutrition contains various minerals and amino acids, plus it boosts antioxidant activity in the body. It is so good at helping with upper respiratory infections that they’ve even conducted scientific studies proving its usefulness!
Remember those amino acids we talked about under Joint and Muscle Pain? Well, glycine, found in gelatin, is beneficial for the neurotransmitters in your brain. Drinking your bone broth before bed will not only help you sleep better at night, it may also decrease daytime sleepiness and even improve your memory.
Not only does this amazing thing called bone broth nutrition help heal a leaky gut, but it also benefits digestion. That glycine we’ve been talking about stimulates the production of stomach acid. Stomach acid is what breaks down your food before it enters your small intestine. Too little, and your food tends to sit in your stomach for way too long and will start to rot in there. Having too much food in there and having it start to rot are both causes of acid reflux which, unfortunately, are often treated with antacids when the person just needs to boost their HCl (Hydrochloric Acid). Not only does glycine increase stomach acid, but it is also an important component of the bile acids produced by your body. Bile starts helping digest the food once it enters the small intestine.
Need a Liver Detox?
That beautiful amino acid, glycine, allows our liver to detox (or cleanse) the harmful chemicals our bodies are subjected to every day. Plus, the stimulation of bile is also beneficial to the liver.
You know you have high-quality bone broth if it gets after it has been chilled! This is caused by the gelatin which has that beneficial glycine in it, so you want it to gel. If you cook it too high or don’t cook it long enough, it won’t gel. Different bones need different summer times. Chicken bones take from 6-24 hours, beef 12-50 hours, fish only about 4 hours. If you use too much water, it won’t gel either. You want high-quality bones, and bones from various parts of the body, some meaty and some gristly and some just bony.