I know what you’re thinking — “Here’s another spiel on the bone broth diet”. But I’m not talking about the diet where you drink nothing but bone broth to lose weight. I’m talking about the actual benefits (collagen, bone strength, and healthy immune system support) that come from drinking a single cup a day.
Not to be confused with stock, bone broth is simmered much longer (12-48 hours) than your basic stock in a box. While both are made using the bones of animals, the longer cook time involved with bone broth means you’re getting a heavier dose of collagen-rich gelatin with major health benefits.
Benefits of Bone Broth
A few of the benefits of a cup of a day include:
- Joint Protection: Bone broth has glucosamine, which is typically used in supplement form to treat people with joint pain. Animal cartilage also contains Chondroitin Sulfate, which research has shown has been able to prevent osteoarthritis.
- Collagen: Bone broth is packed with collagen, the most abundant structural protein found in our skin and connective tissues. Studies have shown that by ingesting collagen, the skin’s elasticity and fine lines have been improved.
- Catch your Zzz’s: Glycine, an amino acid that is used to form collagen and gelatin (found in bone broth), helps to improve your sleep.
- Strengthen your Immune System: There’s a reason people say to drink chicken soup when you’re sick – bone broth is stocked full of a rich concentration of minerals.
- Increase Bone Strength: The minerals that seep out of the bones while your stock is simmering (calcium and magnesium to name a few) promote healthy bone strength.
How to Make Bone Broth
While the process of making bone broth can seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. If you eat organic animal meats at home, collect those bones when you’re done eating, toss them in a bag, place in the freezer and repeat. I like to wait until the bag gets nearly full of bones and cartilage. You can do the same freezing method with any old vegetables you might have.
When you’re ready to make, place the bones and veggies in a slow cooker with with water, add some spices (turmeric for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, ginger for it’s antioxidants are favourites of mine) and simmer for anywhere between 12-48 hours. Remember though, the longer you simmer the more benefits you’re going to see.
If you live a busy lifestyle and don’t have the time to make your own, no worries! Bone broth is now widely carried at most grocery stores and you can even order it from amazon. If you buy store bought frozen bone broth, just let it thaw overnight in the fridge, simmer in the morning and you’re good to go!
Want An Easier Option?
I’ve recently come across a line of Bone Broth in powdered form from Organika Health. I use many of their other supplements because of the good quality and the Bone Broth is on the same level! Organikas Bone Broth’s are made from grass-fed cows without the use of antibiotics and other chemicals.
They have Chicken and Beef (which you’ll want to add you’re own spices into) and then now have flavours with Ginger, Turmeric and many other immune boosting spices.
I’d highly recommend making your own Bone Broth when you can, but having a tub of this handy when you’re in a hurry is perfect!
Check out Organika’s website to see what flavours they have: www.Organika.com
Other Uses for Bone Broth
If you can’t fathom sipping a cup in the morning, try using the broth to make a soup loaded with organic veggies. You can also use it while cooking veggies or making a stir-fry to load them with extra nutrients.
Restaurants and Cafes That Sell Fresh Bone Broth:
Simple Kitchen – Toronto
Cruush – London, UK
Barney’s Bone Broth – NYC