Our ancestors discovered the magic in bones a very long time ago. Fortunately, the benefits of bones for health are coming back into awareness, and consuming bone broth has recently become very popular again. But this is not a new practice. Chefs have been using broth forever. Why do our bodies need bone broth, and how can we use it?
Bone broth’s health properties
In her book, Bone Broth Diet, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci describes the weight-loss effects, healing benefits, and anti-aging properties of bone broth.
When you cook bone broth for a long time, the collagen in the bones turns into gelatin. Gelatin has wonderful health benefits, such as:
Improving skin quality. Gelatin provides the key building blocks of collagen, which will naturally erase wrinkles. It also regenerates skin, making it appear younger.
Fighting inflammation. Glycine (an essential amino acid) from the gelatin in bone broth inhibits both local and systemic inflammation. Lower inflammation will also promote faster weight loss.
Healing the gut. Glycine also heals and protects the gut through its anti-inflammatory, immune-regulatory, and cell-protective activities. Gelatin helps restore the integrity of your intestines optimizing immune system function. A healthy gut will give you a strong immune system.
Joints also depend on the health of the collagen in your ligaments, tendons, and on the ends of your bones.
In addition, bone broth is a treasure trove of vitamins and minerals, such as phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and iodine (in fish broth). Bone marrow contains iron and vitamin A, and it is a great source of healthy fats.
Glycine helps rid toxins from your body, detoxifying your liver. It will enhance insulin sensitivity and secretion of human growth hormone, making it easier for the body to burn fat. Lastly, it will help you sleep well.
These are all health properties that any new mama would benefit from!
Bone broth in food
I remember my French grandmother often cooking poule au pot (which is like a chicken soup where the whole chicken is left to boil on the stove for several hours). She would even serve the broth (bouillon) alone as an appetizer to the main meal.
Back in the old days, families kept a huge pot of soup bubbling all day long over the fire. In more modern days, a gourmet chef will always have a pot of broth simmering on the stove and use it as a base for making rice, mashed potatoes, soups, and reduction-sauce gravies.
Although bone broth can be enjoyed by itself, it can have many uses in preparing meals.
In her book Deep Nutrition, Dr. Catherine Shanahan explains:
“For thousands of years, people all over the world made full use of the animals they consumed, every last bit right down to the marrow and joints. Over time, our genes have been programmed with the need and expectation of a steady input of familiar nutrients, some of which can only be derived from the variety meats, which include bones, joints, and organs.”
An easy bone broth recipe
Because it only takes about 5 minutes to throw the ingredients together to make bone broth, Dr. Kellyann describes it as the original fast food!
You can find many easy bone broth recipes online. Follow this recipe to make the same one I make on a regular basis. Make sure to use grass-fed bones to get the most health benefits out of your bone broth. Only healthy bones will make a healthy broth.
When I can’t find the time to make my own magic bone broth at home, I buy Kettle & Fire Broths and use them in all of my recipes as a soup or sauce base. I really enjoy their beef broth and mushroom chicken broth to give foods a unique flavor.
Mama, I hope this post will make you want to switch out your tea for a big mug of bone broth!