Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Good Bone Broth Can Raise the Dead"

I keep reading articles about Bone Broth and almost everyone has the quote "A good bone broth can raise the dead."  I have to say as a former and hopefully future Paleo follower the thought of broth being healthy makes perfect sense to me.
For years I've used a broth as part of cold and flu recovery.  My broth wasn't as pure and wholesome as bone broth.  I only simmered boosters into already made and processed broth.  I've recently in the past few years have learned and perfected the art of cooking entire chickens and small turkeys using my crock pot.
Bone broth seems to be the interesting health craze.  There's even a restaurant in New York City called Brodo.  The restaurant is like Starbucks but for broth.  The owner is from South America where bone broth is often used for healing purposes.
In an article from Shape magazine the author talks about learning how a nutritionist had all of her patients drinking it and had seen vast improvements and how it's actually one of the Three Pillars of the L.A. Laker's diet.  She also listed several good reasons to drink bone broth.
1.  It's great for treating leaky gut syndrome and for non-leaky guts. The gelatin in bone broth helps seal holes in the intestines.  This is great for anyone suffering from diarrhea, constipation, as well as some food intolerances. The gelatin in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid which means it attracts and retains fluids.  It holds digestive juices making it great for aiding in proper digestion.
2. It's great for your joints.  Bone broth contains bone healing glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate which has been proven to helping prevent osteoarthritis. It also contains sulphates which are good for reducing pain and inflammation.  Amino acids like glycine, proline, and arginine are in bone broth and have an anti-inflammatory effect.  It's also been helpful in the treatment of sepsis.
3. You will look younger!  Bone broth is abundant with collagen.  Collagen will help your skin, hair, and nails look awesome.
4. Get some rest.  Bone broth contains glycine which has shown to help people sleep and increase memory.
5. Boost your immune system.  This super food has a high concentration of minerals.  There was even a study from Harvard that showed that some people with auto-immune disorders received some symptom relief when drinking the broth. If you are using chicken the broth will contain a natural amino acid called cysteine which is great for thinning the mucus in your lungs. No wonder everyone recommends chicken soup for a cold.
6. Get stronger.  Bone broth is rich in phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium.

All of the articles I've read have recommended making your own broth.  It's relatively easy to and cost effective.  The best thing to keep in mind is the better quality the ingredients the better the outcome.  Purchasing organically-raised or grass-fed animals as well as organic produce will produce the most therapeutic outcome.

Here's and example recipe from the article below by Dr. Mercola.

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth
  • 1 whole free-range chicken or 2-3lbs of bony chicken parts
  • Gizzards (optional)
  • 2-4 chicken feet (optional)
  • 4 quarts cold filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley
1. Basically you put everything in the pot except the parsley and cook it.  If cooking a whole chicken after 2-4 hours the meat will start falling off the bone.  At that point remove the chicken and de-bone it and add the carcass back into the pot and allow to simmer for another 12-24 hours.
2. Add the fresh parsley about 10 minutes before finishing.
3. Strain the broth and remove the bones.

*For the vinegar I would suggest using Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar.  The vinegar helps to leach the nutrients from the bones.

You can make variations on this recipe.  The original one on MindBodyGreen calls for 1" ginger root, finely chopped as well as 1/2 tsp. of sea salt and only 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar.
Really you can add in whatever beneficial herbs you like.  I would add garlic to mine.