Bone broth has been used for centuries as more than just a soup base. Today more and more people are catching on to what traditional cultures already knew – that bone broth is an incredible health food! Becoming “trendy” now in the health food world, bone broth is gaining more and more popularity amongst health conscious people for its powerful healing properties and nutrients.
What is Bone Broth?
Similar to stock, bone broth is generally made from the bones of an animal with just a little bit of meat. These bones are typically roasted first to enrich their flavor, then are simmered together with water, vegetables and seasonings for at least 24 hours. This longer simmering time allows for all of the nutrients to be removed from the bones, such as collagen and minerals, and the broth should turn almost solid or jelly-like upon cooling.
What are the health benefits?
Bone broths are far healthier than stocks or broths.
- Bone broth contains calcium, magnesium, phosophorus and trace minerals which are easily absorbed by the body.
- Bone broth is a terrific source of collagen and gelatin, which helps keep joints healthy and supports connective tissues in the body.
- Bone broth is rich in the amino acid proline, which is vital to the structure of collagen. This amino acid protects healthy bones, skin, ligaments and tendons.
- Bone broth is also rich in the amino acid glycine, which helps to detox the liver. This amino acid is also necessary for the body to create glutathione, a powerful antioxidant.
How to Make Bone Broth at Home
Though bone broth can be bought at a store, it will save you money to make it at home. Simply toss bones into a crockpot (any bones of the animal will do, even leftovers from your dinner!) with enough water to cover them and let them cook for 24 to 48 hours. Season the broth as you’d like and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use. Broth should become jelly-like once cooled.