Good broth resurrects the dead… No, that’s not a crazy idea of mine. I wish it was! It’s a South American proverb. And did you know that in folk wisdom bone broth is called the “Jewish penicillin”?
When you were a kid, what did your mum use to give you when you had a bad cold? I bet it was bone broth. Mine did too!
I can’t recall the exact moment when my family started replacing real traditional foods, such as bone broth, with store-bought rip-offs. I guess it was around the same time when everyone switched from pure butter to margarine, or from a juicy beef steak to a bland chicken fillet. I guess it was also more or less the time when I started noticing decreasing energy, perpetually dry or oily skin, and a myriad of other ailments.
Later is better than never, and I’m challenging myself this year to reintroduce traditional super foods, such as bone broth, sauerkraut, raw goat milk, and cod liver oil back into my life. I’m curious to see if they will finally help me get rid of some lingering issues – mainly weak teeth.
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Today, I’ll focus on the health benefits of bone broth, but don’t miss the 8 interesting facts about bone broth – some (or all) of them I bet you didn’t know!
So let’s get started…
How my love affair with bone broth began
I first came across bone broth while reading The Healthy Skin Diet by Karen Fischer. I’ll be forever grateful to this book for opening my eyes to the fact that food is a huge influence on the health of our skin. I remember trying the bone broth recipe once, but somehow I didn’t stick to it. I wasn’t into Paleo or Primal then, and I guess I wasn’t ready.
Time forward 3 years – I’ve now been following the Primal diet for almost a year, and I’d been hearing about the bone broth all the time, but didn’t try it again until I read Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. According to Ramiel, bone broth is one of the staples of the tooth re-mineralization diet, and so, desperate as I am, I jumped onto the wagon!
It might be too early to say, but fingers crossed my teeth are getting much stronger. I don’t feel any more pain, and they just feel much harder and resilient. I started seeing results after just a couple of days. I can’t wait to see how they feel in 10 months’ time when I have to see my dentist again!
8 interesting facts about bone broth I bet you didn’t know (and I didn’t know either…)
- Vinegar is added to facilitate the pulling out of minerals from the bones. Without it, the bone broth wouldn’t be the super-food that it is.
- Bone broth can be thought of as a protein supplement. So chuck away those bags of pricey protein powders and make yourself some bone broth!
- Bone broth reduces the body’s need for protein. By consuming it, the consumption of meat can be reduced up to a half. Here’s to a great money saving tip!
- The body will steal minerals from our bones and tissues if there is an emergency elsewhere in the body, e.g. sugar levels are too high. That’s why we are a generation with kids whose baby teeth are rotting (calcium deficiency), and magnesium deficiency is the number one deficiency in the US.
- I bet you knew that calcium is the most abundant mineral in bones. But not only! It’s also the most abundant mineral in the whole human body.
- Certain conditions, such as ageing, post-menopause or being confined to bed-rest, and even such an innocent habit as drinking lots of coffee can cause calcium loss → bone loss.
- Scurvy is a disease caused by a Vitamin C deficiency. Its symptoms are bleeding gums, bruising and poor wound healing. But it’s more complicated than it seems. It looks like those symptoms are manifestations of collagen deficiency. That’s because Vitamin C is needed to synthesize collagen in our bodies – without it, the body is unable to repair bones, cartilage or skin.
- Bone broth contains only 3 amino acids → it’s not a meal replacement. Therefore, it’s traditionally been used as a starting point for making a soup, as a starter in a meal or used as a snack (my favourite way of enjoying it).
Here’s why you should drink bone broth
- Bone broth improves digestion by “healing and sealing” the gut according to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the creator of the GAPS dietary protocol, the diet for inflammatory bowel diseases. No wonder why, as bone broth is known to help treat all kinds of digestive ailments – such as the Irritable Bowel Syndrome, colitis, and even Crohn’s disease.
- Bone broth improves the immune system. Also, if you drink it while you are sick, it’s extremely easy to digest, so the body can use all its resources for healing.
- Chicken broth contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which helps thin the mucus in your lungs and nose → makes it much easier for you to expel it.
- Bone broth is loaded with minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulphur, silicon and trace minerals. Moreover, they are in an extremely assimilable form.
- Gelatin in bone broth is truly a wonder worker. It improves the blood by increasing the red blood cell and hemoglobin counts. Especially great for us, women!
- Gelatin is the best thing to have if you have a stomach bug or vomiting – it will neutralize the bug, and your sickness will be much shorter in duration.
- Bone broth brings you one huge step closer to healthier hair, skin and nails. You’ll be surprised to learn why: gelatin and collagen are one and the same thing! Collagen is a scientific name, and gelatin is a food term. Everybody knows the amazing benefits of collagen (probably thanks to expensive face creams and collagen injections). But there you go – you can have your own beauty treatment in your kitchen.. almost for free!
- Bone broth helps you detoxify by supporting the liver.
- Bone broth contains a lot of substances that are otherwise consumed as expensive supplements. For example, Chondroitin Sulphate – it’s now famous for alleviating joint pain caused by osteoarthritis. How about all those calcium supplements people buy for their kids? Think how much money you can save by drinking bone broth instead of buying all the different supplements.
- Want to know the best way to get rid of cellulite? Consume bone broth consistently! It helps eliminate the “orange peel” by supporting the smooth connective tissue.
Ready to give bone broth a try?
Then come back next week for Part Two of this series. I’ll show you how to make it. And not only! I’ll spill all the secrets of how to store it and use it.
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Do you make bone broth on a regular basis? Or have I convinced you to give it a try? Let me know in the comments.