I officially succumb to a cold. Yes, mom’s can get sick too. I can thank my previous sick children for coughing, snotting and wiping their noses literally on me but hey, what can you do that’s part of the ‘right of passage’ of parenthood, right? Besides the obvious rest, lots of clear fluids I also reach into my freezer for some BONE BROTH.
Bone broth seems to be the latest and greatest trend catching on quickly in the health and wellness industry. I’m glad my good friend from Stock Exchange, Mindful Nourishment inc., introduced me to this stuff a few years ago. I don’t think I could imagine not drinking it now. I drink it on it’s own warmed up in a mug. I use it as my soup bases when recipes call for ‘broth’. I also use it for my base to replace water to add more nutrients to my grains such as when cooking rice and quinoa and one pot-type meals.
So what is bone broth? Quite simply put it is animal bones (chicken/cow) simmered in water/vegetable/herbs for 24-72 hours. During this process the nutrients from the bones are absorbed into the water and once strained you have a nutrient rich broth. This ain’t your tetra pack ‘broth’ you find in your pantry or the bouillon cube ‘flavours’, this is what actual broth was many many years ago.
Why is it coming into the limelight?
It carries many great health benefits* such as:
1. Heal and seal your gut. According to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements, a cup a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.
2. Protect your joints. Taking glucosamine supplements to help with joint pain has been common knowledge for years, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine too. But unlike pills, the broth also includes a host of other goodies that help keep your joints happy, healthy, and pain-free. The chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.
3. Look younger. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen. You can find collagen in all kinds of “plumping” products these days, but why stick it on the outside when you can drink it? Not only is drinking it cheaper, but it can make your skin, hair, and nails look just as radiant.
4. Sleep better, and feel better. The glycine in bone broth has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory.
5. Immune support. Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, actually calls bone broth a “superfood” thanks to the high concentration of minerals. He says that the bone marrow can help strengthen your immune system. (Something that won’t surprise your grandma who always made you her famous chicken soup when you got sick!) A Harvard study even showed that some people with auto-immune disorders experienced a relief of symptoms when drinking bone broth, with some achieving a complete remission.
6. Stronger bones. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seeps out into the broth leaving you with the essential building blocks for healthy bones.
7. It’s very economical! What else were you going to do with those chicken carcasses and soup bones?
Not up for making your own? Check out Stock Exchange, Mindful Nourishment inc. for the list of stores where you can find some made from mindfully sourced animals.