Bone Broth (also known as stock) is a mineral-rich infusion made by simmering bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices. Bone broth is the current hot nutritional product of the moment. It is being called a ‘powerful health tonic’. It is delicious and has many culinary uses but it is the medicinal qualities that are capturing people’s attention.
Why drink bone broth?
- Scientists say: it improves digestion, supports joints, hair, skin, and nails due to its high collagen content.
- That same high collagen content and the gelatin in bones soothes the intestinal tract.
- Its high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous content make it good for bone and tooth health.
- It is reputed to reduce joint pain and inflammation and inhibit infection.
- Finally, bone broth helps improve digestion. For more detail read this article from PaleoLeap.
It is such a hot commodity that there is a bone broth window on New York City’s East Village called Brodo. A small cup of Hearth Broth is $4.50.
Bone broth has valuable nutrients that many Americans are lacking. Bone broth provides those nutrients in a form that our bodies can easily absorb. These nutrients are calcium, phosphorus, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate and more. These nutrients account for many of the supposed healing benefits of bone broth.
Bone broth can be made from the bones of beef, bison, lamb, poultry or fish. Save leftovers from your roast chicken, duck, turkey, goose, leg of lamb or roast beef. Try to have them come from local farmers who raised the animals grass fed and cage free. Use the highest quality ingredients you can find.
For chicken bone broth from the Nourished Kitchen blog:
For a recipe for beef bone broth go to http://cooking.nytimes.com
How to Use Bone Broth from Wellness Mama blog:
“Homemade Broth/Stock can be used as the liquid in making soups, stews, gravies, sauces, and reductions. It can also be used to sauté or roast vegetables.
Especially in the fall and winter, we try to drink at least 1 cup per person per day as a health boost. My favorite way is to heat 8-16 ounces with a little salt and sometimes whisk in an egg until cooked (makes a soup like egg-drop soup).
In times of illness (which doesn’t happen often) we will usually just drink bone broth until we start feeling better as it supports the body but is very easy to digest so the body’s energy can go to healing. In cases of stomach bugs or vomiting, bone broth often calms the stomach very quickly and helps shorten the duration of the illness”.
Experts say the benefits of bone broth are still unproven. Scientists agree that bone broth’s reputation of enormous healing and restorative properties is ‘probably overblown’. Overblown’ does not mean that there are no nutritional properties. Our grandmothers believed in chicken soup for a reason!
Bone broth is also used as a sports recovery drink by Kobe Bryant and members of the Los Angeles Lakers among many others. Scientists say that bone broth could help replace electrolytes after intense exercise and help in post-workout recovery.
Food experts and nutritionists are sure that bone broth’s popularity is here to stay.