Bone broth was a staple of our diet before the industrial age; made by slowly cooking meat or poultry bones for an extended period of time. Traditional diets included broth made from chicken, fish, or beef, not MSG and artificial substances. Unfortunately, it has been replaced in many recipes by stocks made at high temperatures that do not have the nutrition factors of authentic broth.
Many of us are rediscovering bone broth these days, and learning more about the amazing health benefits, in addition to the delicious taste! Bone broths are rich in vitamins, minerals, fats, and gelatin, much of which come from the marrow of the bones.
Bone broth is simple to create, as well as economical – what else would you do with the leftover bones of a roasted chicken or turkey carcasses or beef bones? A quick and easy way to do it is to simply put them all into a crockpot with whatever vegetables and herbs you have laying around, add water to the top, and cook on low for 12 to 20 hours. It will smell wonderful and you’ll end up with a nutritious and cheap drink or soup base.
- Joint Health: Bone broth contains minerals in a form that the body can easily absorb. From calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, and trace minerals. It also contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons – like chonrodroitin sulphates and glucosamine – often sold as supplements for arthritis and joint pain.
- Gut Health: The gelatin found in bone broth can help seal up holes in the intestines, and also helps with chronic diarrhea, constipation, and some food intolerances.
- Immune Support: The high concentration of minerals can help strengthen your immune system (think back to “Grandma’s chicken soup”). If you have an autoimmune condition, adrenal fatigue, food or environmental allergies, or poor digestion, consider adding bone broth into your weekly meal planning.
- Bone Strength: The phosphorus, magnesium and calcium in the bones seep out during the long simmer. During the long cooking time, the collagen matrix in the bones begins to break down into free amino acids, making the broth a good source of glycine, which is also supports the production of glutathione (the body’s primary antioxidant) and helps to rebuild collagen within our own bone structure.
*Source: Sally Fallon Morell, founder of Weston Price Foundation, author of “Broth is Beautiful.”
Chicken Bone Broth Soup
Because it is so simple and economical to make bone broth yourself, we highly encourage you to do so. A recipe for a simple Bone Broth Chicken Soup is located on the “recipes” tab of our website. An added benefit is enjoying a healthy chicken dinner along with the soup recipe.
if you lack the time to create your own broth and don’t mind the more expensive option, you can purchase bone broth at Wise Choice Market, who has many choices for bone broths, as well as a recipe book for different types of bone broth.
UPDATE: Another source for high quality, organically sourced, fresh-frozen bone broth is The Brothery, https://www.bonebroth.com/