Several years ago, my son broke his leg very badly and spent 4 months in a wheelchair and full leg cast. On a field-trip with his class, one of his close friends’ mother came up to me and tapped me on my sleeve (they had recently moved from Beijing, China and didn’t speak much English) and said,”Bone soup…. Bone soup,” while pointing at my son’s leg. At the time, I just smiled and nodded. We have gone on to become very good friends and I have done research on her suggestion and boy, was she right!
This has become a regular staple in our home as it is loaded in nutrients for bone, hair, skin, nails, joints, and teeth. The absolute BEST recipe I have found, although most that you find online are similar, is Old Farmer’s Almanac Recipe.
According to Wellness Mama’s Blog site: “Besides it’s amazing taste and culinary uses, broth is an excellent source of minerals and is known to boost the immune system (chicken soup when you are sick anyone?) and improve digestion. Its high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content make it great for bone and tooth health. Bone broth also supports joints, hair, skin, and nails due to its high collagen content. In fact, some even suggest that it helps eliminate cellulite as it supports smooth connective tissue.”
And according to Dr. Mercola, here are some benefits of Bone Broth:
“Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion: The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion. Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, etc.: A study published over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, significantly mitigating infection1. Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage. Fights inflammation: Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects.
Arginine, for example, has been found to be particularly beneficial for the treatment of sepsis2 (whole-body inflammation). Glycine also has calming effects, which may help you sleep better. Promotes strong, healthy bones: Bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation. Promotes healthy hair and nail growth, thanks to the gelatin in the broth.”
We use whatever high-quality bones we have from grass fed animals, but my favorite are the cow bones from Whole Foods. Sometimes I have to ask the butcher. You can see all that amazing marrow in the middle. By adding the 2T Apple Cider Vinegar, you are breaking down the gelatin in those bones and getting it into the broth. I love the idea that my growing son is getting all those nutrients into his diet. We make the broth and he actually likes it straight, but I will also add it to basic soups and stews to “beef-up” the nutrient content.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!