By Maggie Catlow
Nutritionists, naturopaths and health coaches are sipping on bone broth and singing its praises as a super elixir for good health.
Animal bones including the likes of beef, chicken or turkey can be roasted then simmered with vegetables for a couple hours to make a simple, nutritious meal for the whole family.
While the thought of brewing bones may not sound too appetising initially, I’ve heard time and time again from those who look a picture of health that it’s a delicious healer, promoting speedy recuperation from illness. We have all heard our grandmother’s wise saying that ‘chicken soup is good for body and soul’ and considering the nutrients bone broth contains, it’s a valid statement.
Bone broth boasts a plentiful source of minerals that are easily absorbed by the body. Good quality bone broth is brimming with amino acids (the building blocks of cells and muscles) that help restore gastrointestinal health. This then aids the absorption of vitamins and minerals from the rest of your diet, optimising your nutrient intake and boosting vitality. There is such an abundance of good value for your body from a bowl of slow cooked broth: calcium, magnesium and collagen help support connective tissue and can encourage healthy, strong hair and nails. Glycine, one of our helpful amino acids mentioned earlier, can help to detoxify the liver and is essential for the body to produce the powerful antioxidant, glutathione. Antioxidants are important in reducing free radicals that are associated with the dreaded ageing process. Getting the right amount of glycine can also be associated with improved quality of sleep and memory. This is why bone broth is so often recommended for detox or gut healing diet plans and for those recovering from illness. The uses for bone broth are endless and you can drink it straight with a twist of lemon or substitute conventional stock products with the equivalent quantity of bone broth.
A good tip for making your bone broth easier to use regularly is to store it in smaller portion sizes in the freezer, such as an icecube tray. That way you can make any meal pack an extra punch by popping a few in. Best of all, the kids will never know!
If you’re a little squeamish, like myself and find the idea of making your own bone broth a bit anatomically graphic or perhaps your time poor, then there are a range of pre-made bone broth products on the market that you can choose from. Look for a product that provides an organic, grass fed or free range option. Also try to get a product that is free from additives. Or better yet, purchase Broth Bliss from your local Wellnation Clinics next time you’re in having a treatment. The Broth Bliss sachets are easy to store in the kitchen cupboard, so they are ready to go when you are.
This article provides general information and is not intended to constitute advice. All care is taken to ensure information is accurate and relevant. Please see your Practitioner for health treatments and advice.
Do you have a recipe for a good bone broth?