Bone broth is an ingredient that has been used for centuries to alleviate ailments from stomach pain to malnourishment. It is especially useful in addressing arthritis pain and cellulite. Bone broth contains many minerals and provides it in a form that our bodies can easily digest. Some of these minerals include glucosamine (which alleviates joint pain), silicon, sulphur, magnesium, and calcium (promotes bone health).
Research has also shown that organic chicken broth contains amino acids that reduce inflammation in the respiratory system and improve digestion. It may also boost the immune system, speeding up your recovery from that cold. One amino acid, glycine, supports detoxification and digestion. Another amino acid, proline, supports healthy skin.
Bone broth also contains collagen, which increases collagen in our own bodies. Collagen is the ingredient that makes our skin look fuller and plumper. This can reduce both cellulite and wrinkles. Gelatin is also found in bone broth and is broken down from collagen. The benefits of gelatin are many, including: may help with food allergies (such a dairy), promotes probiotic balance and growth, provides bone-building minerals which eases joint pain and may prevent bone loss, and soothes the gut lining.
You may be asking yourself, if bone broth has this many benefits, why aren’t we all healthier? Most people do eat plenty of soup or even add beef/chicken broth to lots of recipes. The problem is that the broths found in the store these days are not real bone broth; they are lab-produced meat flavors, full of MSG, and devoid of any real nutrients.
How to Make Bone Broth
If you want to reap all the benefits of bone broth, you’re going to have to make it yourself. You can make a broth with animal parts alone, but you will get added benefits if you add vegetables to your broth. Follow the suggested recipe below:
- Grass-fed, free-range animal parts – the essentials are fats and bones (may have a little bit of meat on them).
- Any vegetables you may want to add (onions, garlic, carrots, etc.).
- Lightly roast the bones on medium heat.
- Place animal parts (and vegetables, if desired) into large stock pot. Add 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar. Cover with filtered water (leave room for the water to boil)
- Bring water slowly to a boil. Once water boils, reduce heat to low. Simmer for at least 6 hours. Remove the “scum” as it arises.
- Chicken bones can cook for up to 24 hours; beef bones can cook for up to 48. It is necessary to cook the bones low and slow to fully extract the nutrients. When done, the bones should easily crumble when pressed between your fingers.
- After the broth is done cooking, you will see a hardened layer of fat on the top. This will protect the broth beneath; remove only when you are about to eat the broth.
The process may seem a bit tedious, but it’s more than worth it! Especially for those suffering from arthritis, a homemade bone broth just might be the answer to helping alleviate joint pain and preventing bone loss. And for those that have tried everything to get rid of that cellulite, a natural bone broth is a great resource. A bone broth such as this one will give you fuller, healthier skin which may just take care of that cellulite once and for all.