The Healing Benefits of Bone Broth
For the last few weeks I have been researching the healing power of Bone Broth. I read Sally Falloon’s book Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World, which is a great book.
The benefits are amazing:
1. Heals leaky gut
Its good for non leaky gut as well, the gelatin in the broth helps fill the holes in the gut. It helps with other digestive disorders as well. Leaky gut can stem from systemic candida.
2. Protects your Joints
The chondroitin sulfate, glutamine and other compounds in bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis and is great for your joint care.
3. Immune Support
The amino acids in the broth of glycine, arginine, and proline help fight inflammation and inhibit infection. Chicken soup is more than just healing your soul.
4. Stronger Bones.
The calcium, magnesium and phosphorous are great for your bones.
5. Sleep better
The glycine will help you sleep better and help with your memory.
6. Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails
The collagen in the cartilage helps with your skin, hair and nails, helping you to look younger.
7. Helps with Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sports and Fitness
My issue was trying to source bones from grass fed cows that wasn’t going to cost a ton. Finally I realised most cows are grass fed in NZ so I managed to get a huge bag of bones for $1.99.
The ideal parts of a cow are the knuckle bones, any bones with a lot of cartilage or marrow.
Chickens are also good if they are grass fed, ideally you want the feet, backs and necks, but the whole carcass will do if its left over from a meal.
Fish heads can be used also.
You can combine bones in a broth from different animals as well.
I have have made 3 batches so far, experimenting with the taste and length of time that I have it cooking in the slow cooker.
First batch I put in too much water, I filled the slow cooker to the top, but ideally you just want enough water to cover the bones. I put the veges in at the beginning and it gives off an awful burnt smell while cooking. I used just random beef bones, ones you would give a dog. I cooked for 24 hours.
If you find you use too much water and it doesn’t gel, you can still use it, there’s still goodness in the broth.
Second batch I put in less water and it came out a nice consistency but I didn’t learn about the veges till after I did this batch. Ideally you want to put the veges in in the last 8 hours. I cooked this batch for 36 hours. It had a nice gelatinous wobble to it. I used the same type of bones at batch one.
Third batch I bought knuckle bones. Someone suggested afterwards I get the butcher to saw them in half. There’s quite a bit of marrow in knuckle bones. I cooked for 31 hours and didn’t put in any veges. This would have to be the best consistency yet.
Next I will try chicken feet. I’m a bit weary because in order to get enough feet you have to buy a lot, and I’m not sure if the chickens have been grain fed.
It’s been too soon to tell the effects as I’ve had a lot of changes in the last week, but what I will say is I’m really tired, sleeping a lot more, and I know the glycine is doing that. My stomach has been gurgling a lot more lately too. I’m also experiencing detox symptoms.
So go easy how much you drink. I am drinking 2 cups a day. I heat it up in a saucepan on the stove. Ideally don’t use a microwave to heat it up.
Bones depending how big your slow cooker or saucepan is. Soak them in a bowl of water, enough to cover them, and put in half a cup of apple cidar vinegar, or lemon juice if you don’t have ACV. This helps leach the minerals out of the bones. Then I put them in the oven to brown for around 20 minutes. Some people don’t do this step. I put the water from soaking the bones in the slow cooker.
Any veges, I threw in carrots, garlic, broccoli stems, celery. You could put in onions or leeks or even just use your left over scraps from veges in the week. Put them in 8 hours before the end. There is talk that if you put them in too early they soak up the minerals.
Slow cook for as long as you like from 1-5 days. You may need to skim off the layer of crud off the top, I never did. Or you may need to top up the water if you go for quite a few days.
When youre done, strain off the bones and veges and I throw them on my garden for the birds to eat. Leave in a bowl to cool at room temperature, and then tip into your containers you want to store the broth in, and put in the fridge. The fat will rise to the top, you can scoop this off when its hardened, and either use it for cooking or feed it to your animals or throw it out.
The broth lasts for around 5 days in the fridge so I freeze some of mine.
Let me know how you get on if you make it or if you have any questions.
(Since writing this article you can now buy bone broth powder, ready made, which I prefer to do)