In today’s world, homemade soup stocks are becoming a rarity. For convenience sake, many of us choose to buy the canned or boxed versions. Unfortunately, store-bought broths do not contain the delicious taste, wide variety of nutrients, and healthy fats of their homemade counterparts. And to make matters worse, they may contain harmful ingredients, such as MSG (monosodium glutamate – a known neurotoxin), artificial meat flavors, and tons of salt. When making your own broth at home, it is most important to buy organically-raised, pastured or grass-fed animals or the stock will not produce the therapeutic, nutrient-rich gelatin. You can use the broth for soups, stews, or drink it on its own. Bone broth is one of those curative foods that have been eliminated from the modern diet and is in large part to blame for our increasingly poor health.
Homemade broths made from beef, chicken, lamb, and fish have been a tradition in the diets of many cultures for thousands of years. These broths are nutrient-dense, easily digested, help heal the gut lining, and thereby boost your overall immune health. The tradition of making a broth was a way to use every part of an animal, including its tendons, ligaments, bones, bone marrow and all! By slowly simmering the stock, the bones and ligaments release healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine, and proline. These nutrients have the power to transform your health in a multitude of ways.
Health Benefits of Bone Broth:
- Supports digestion and heals leaky gut: The gelatin found in bone broth supports proper digestion and actually heals the gut lining. Once you heal the intestinal lining, food intolerances and allergies will resolve. The gelatin also aids in the healing of IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux.
- Inhibits infection: It really is true that chicken soup can help to cure a cold. The broth inhibits infection by reducing the number of white blood cells that cause cold and flu symptoms.
- Reduces joint pain: Bone broth contains glucosamine (from boiled down cartilage) to stimulate new collagen and reduce joint pain and inflammation.
- Fights inflammation: Glycine, proline, arginine are amino acids found in bone broth that all have anti-inflammatory effects.
- Promotes strong and healthy bones: Bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, minerals which all play an important role in healthy bone formation and bone repair, and keep our bones strong.
- Promotes healthy hair and nails: The collagen and gelatin in bone broth stimulates healthy hair growth and keeps your nails strong.
- Tightens skin: The collagen in bone broth can help to tighten your skin and make you look younger. It also helps to reduce stubborn cellulite.
- Promotes growth and balance of probiotics (the beneficial flora) in the gut.
For more information on health benefits of bone broth and recipes to make the broth, please go to http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/broth-is-beautiful/.
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