A centuries-old healer in many cultures, bone broth is considered by many a cure-all potion and has been proven so through numerous scientific studies. A stock made primarily from the bones and connective tissue of animals or fish, bone broth is rich in healthy nutrients. Read on for why you should give it a sip.
- Heals and seals your gut with gelatin (from knuckles and joints), which in turn seals up holes in intestines. Can help fight food sensitivities and constipation.
- Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate from boiled-down cartilage. Has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.
- Contains phosphorus, magnesium and calcium, essential building blocks for healthy bone formation.
- Fights inflammation with the help of anti-inflammatory amino acids, including glycine.
- Offers immune support from a high concentration of minerals and amino acids, like arginine and glutamine.
- Promotes healthy hair and nail growth, thanks to gelatin.
- Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses. A 2000 study revealed medicinal qualities in chicken soup.
TIP: Sip on bone broth, or use it as a cooking liquid for grains or legumes, or as a base for sauces and soups.
Try this easy recipe.
Basic Bone Broth
- 3 medium carrots, chopped
- 3 medium celery stalks, chopped
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 7 garlic cloves, smashed
- 3½ pounds beef bones
- Kosher salt, to taste
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- Place vegetables and bones in a 6-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt, and add vinegar. (Vinegar draws minerals out of the bones.) Add enough water to cover everything.
- Program slow cooker on low for 18–24 hours.
- Pour broth through a cheesecloth or strainer; discard any solids.
- When broth cools, it forms into a gel, so you just need to heat before serving. Broth will store in the fridge for a few days, or in the freezer for several months.