Recently I have started making a big effort to make my own Bone Broth. Mostly I have been doing it because of the mineral content. The more research I do, the more I believe that one of the biggest beauty issues we face today is a lack of minerals in the diet.
Even if you eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables you may still be deficient in minerals. Over farming practices and the use of petrochemical fertilizers both deplete the soil of minerals.
Bone broth contains minerals such as calcium, silicon, sulphur, magnesium, phosphorous & trace minerals in an easily assimilable form.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in bone, it is also the most abundant mineral in the body. The calcium present in bone broth can be considered for use in the following deficiency signs, symptoms and conditions: pain and inflammation, cramps, muscle spasms, delusions, depression, insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity, anxiety, palpitations, hypertension, high cholesterol, allergies, brittle nails, periodontal and dental disease, pica, rickets, osteomalacia, osteoporosis and any situation that creates bone loss such as aging, immobilization, postmenopause, and caffeine,
If you are deficient in minerals then your body can not sufficiently utilize the vitamins from the foods you eat.
Accelerated aging happens when a body is deficient in minerals and vitamins.
Bone broth has another beauty benefit. Bone Broth contains collagen which can improve wrinkles and sagging skin.
Read more in the article below from Integrative Nutrition.
Bone Broth: Trend or Here to Stay?
What’s the latest trend that’s taking the wellness scene by storm? Hint – chances are your grandmother was brewing this beverage long before it became “cool.”
Bone broth, an ancient staple of many traditional diets, is enjoying a resurgence of popularity among foodies and the wellness community. Restaurants across the country are serving up steaming cups of sipping broth and many cities even have broth delivery services where you can place orders online. Gwyneth Paltrow put bone broth on her winter detox menu and members of the LA Lakers drink it before their games.
So what exactly is it about bone broth that has everyone excited? According to Integrative Nutrition Dr. Frank Lipman, the benefits of bone broth are numerous. Here are four reasons to consider adding it to your diet:
Heal your gut: Bone broth is rich in gelatin and collagen, which soothe the intestinal tract and help ease digestive issues.
Boost your immune system: There’s a reason some people call chicken soup “Jewish penicillin,” a traditional folk remedy for colds and the flu. The gelatin in bone broth is known to be immune boosting, and the amino acid cysteine helps to thin mucous.
Promote healthy skin: Broth contains collagen as well as the amino acids glycine and proline, which are all said to improve skin elasticity and fight wrinkles.
Reduce inflammation: Glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen, and gelatin support joint health and reduce inflammation throughout the body. NBA star Kobe Bryant credits bone broth with helping him quickly recover from a twisted ankle and optimize his performance even as he ages.
Want to make your own bone broth? Here’s a simple recipe from Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher Mark Sisson along with a few helpful tips:
- Choose high quality meat – organic grass-fed beef, pastured chickens, wild fish
- Add a few tables of apple cider vinegar before you start boiling, which aids in mineral extraction
- Simmer long and slow – chicken is best cooked up to 24 hours, but beef and lamb bones can even go for several days
- For extra collagen, ask your butcher for feet and knuckles
Bone broth certainly isn’t for everyone. According to NPR’s The Salt, many of the benefits of bone broth are over-stated. There are few scientific studies proving these claims, and there is no one bone broth recipe – what you cook it with and for how long and will impact its nutritional properties. And of course, if you’re vegetarian, vegan, or generally avoid meat products, you can enjoy a nourishing vegetable broth – or no broth at all! At Integrative Nutrition we teach bio-individuality, the notion that there’s no-one-size-fits-all diet. The foods that make you feel your best may make another person feel terrible. It’s all about finding what works for you and respecting what works for others.
What about you? Do you enjoy bone broth or have you ever made it yourself? Or would you rather not? Let us know why or why not in the comments below!