Thursday, January 8, 2015

Its down to the bone, or shall I say, the Broth!

After much curiosity about the benefits of bone broth and what it tastes like, I decided to make it myself. Well after several weeks of sipping this warming, healing liquid, I have come to the conclusion, that yes, it is indeed, pure liquid gold! I even have my family hooked on their daily dose of steaming broth.

In almost every civilization in history, bone broth has been a staple in their daily diet . It has been traditionally used for generations for it's amazing flavor, it's multitude of nutritional benefits, as well as it's versatility. The bones,organic and grass fed are best, are simmered for up to 24 hours. The prolonged cooking, extracts minerals,gelatin, collagen and nutrients from the marrow and the bones themselves into the liquid. 

The broth may be used as bouillon for other soups and stews, to add flavor, or may also be enjoyed as is, with healthy additions such as ginger,umeboshi vinegar to aid digestion, shitake mushrooms, chili oil,tumeric or organic garlic.

Benefits of Bone Broth

You may wonder why so many trendy New York's  are lining up to purchase the broth that is so basic.Well here are a list of the multitude of benefits of this pure liquid gold.

* It is rich in glycosaminycans, or glycosamine,which is absorbed in it's intact form, and lays down collagen into the joints ,tendons and ligaments, and even arteries, healing them.

* It is rich in minerals such as silica, sulfur, calcium, phosphorous,calcium and various trace minerals,that are highly bio available, and therefore easily assimilated.

*Helps with many digestive issues such as IBS, Crohn's disease, collitis, and leaky gut syndrome.

* Helps heal and seal the gut lining due to the high glutamine content from the gelatin , and aids digestion.

*Increases red blood cell and hemoglobin levels.

*Increases serum calcium level, and aids in the absorption and utilization of calcium in the body.
 Calcium can be most helpful in treating pain and inflammation, as well as muscle cramps, depression, anxiety and insomnia.It may also be useful in the treatment of hypertension,dental disease, osteoporosis, rickets, and almost any disease relating to bone loss.

*It is a natural tonic for the liver, the master detoxifying organ in the body, and helps get rid of the toxins present, due to the glycine made bio available. 

*Helps with food allergies and sensitivities.

*Aids in treatment of anemia

* Aids in the prevention and treatment of muscle wasting.

And the more visible benefits from the collagen content of this healing broth include:

* Shinier and  healthier hair and nails.

* Youthful and glowing skin, as collagen has  powerful anti aging properties.

Our grandmother's knew that a pot of steaming broth could cure anything from the common cold, to an aching belly.The simmered bones, together with an elixir of love and tender care, was a cure all in every tradition. It could put a skip in our steps, as well as a fresh sparkle into our love lives.

So the next time you are feeling poorly,no matter what the reason, before rushing off to get a prescription from your doctor, try a cup of this steaming liquid gold broth, and see how you feel.The broth may just do the trick.