Why Is Bone Broth Good For You?
Bone broth is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which are essential for bone health, especially calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Bone broth also contains two important amino acids: proline and glycine. These amino acids are needed to heal wounds, both large and microscopic caused by inflammation.
- helps to regulate the production of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid.
- is involved in detoxification.
- helps regulate blood sugar levels.
- enhances muscle repair and growth.
- helps to calm your mind.
- improves mental alertness, improves memory, boosts mood, and reduces stress.
- reverses atherosclerotic deposits and enables the blood vessel walls to release cholesterol buildups into your blood stream.
- helps your body break down proteins for use in creating new, healthy muscle cells.
Bones that are used to make broth:
- beef, bison, lamb (these need to be sawed open)
- turkey, chicken
How I make it:
- Take the bones of 2 or 3 chickens and put them in a slow cooker
- Add water – enough to cover the bones
- Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- Set on high to get the water boiling, then lower temperature to simmer for 24-48 hours
- Strain through a metal strainer
- Let cool
- Freeze in jars
- You can cook the bones for as little as 4 hours to get some benefit, but cooking longer is better.
- Use a pot on the stove if you don’t have a slow cooker.
- Some people freeze the broth in ice cube trays in order to have small portions ready for cooking or drinking straight.
- Feel free to add spices and vegetables (onions, garlic, celery, carrots, bay leaf, salt and pepper, etc.) at the end of the cooking time (with 1-3 hours left) and discard the veggies at the end.
- I keep all chicken bones (from wings, drum sticks, thighs, etc.) in a bag in the freezer until I have enough to make a batch.