Finding the right remedy that you can rely on everyday is tough. Discover why more and more people are drinking bone broth.
Bone broth. The health world has gone crazy over it and the rest of the world wants to know why.
What exactly is bone broth? What does this culinary wonder have anything to do with our bodies and our health? What makes it so special that health-conscious individuals make it part of their daily regimen?
In this blog, we’ll be answering all those questions and add a little more info that you could use about bone broth.
What Is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is simply the broth you get after boiling bones and connective tissues of animals in water. The bones could be from any animal—pork, lamb, fish, chicken, turkey, or beef are just some common examples.
Most of the time, people just buy it from the store. But it’s definitely possible to make at home; something we’ll discuss further in the section titled “How To Make Bone Broth” below.
This broth is a culinary wonder that elevates any dish it's added to. It’s packed with flavor and is widely used for sauces and soups, even gravies; it could also be the secret ingredient in your grandma’s recipes!
But bone broth is not a new concept. In fact, its origins date back to prehistoric times, when our ancestors simmered leftover animal parts, specifically bones, for a warm drink. As centuries went by, people added spices and other sources of flavor into the broth to get a tastier drink.
Now, recent studies suggest that it’s not only a treat for the tastebuds, but more often than not, for the entire body.
Why You Should Drink It Every Day
The benefits of bone broth have made its rounds on the internet. If you haven’t read anything about it yet, run through the list below and prepare to be amazed with this made-from-scratch soup.
Beneficial for the Gut
Your gut, also known as the digestive system, is a key factor in overall health. Having a healthy gut means that you’re healthier than a huge percentage of the population.
As a way to maintain your gut health, drink bone broth. The broth is packed with gelatin that holds liquids together, even in your intestines. The resulting benefit is that foods move more easily through your digestive system.
Not only that, the gelatin in the broth contains glutamine—an amino acid that maintains the function of the intestinal wall. The mucosal lining of your digestive tract can also be healed and protected if you drink it every day.
Improves Joint Health
The same gelatin that holds liquids together is the same gelatin that contains proline and glycine. These two amino acids work together to build your body’s connective tissues including the ligaments, bones, and tendons.
As a result, your joint health is improved.
It’s also quite beneficial for those who suffer with chronic joint pain as the broth contains natural compounds, glucosamine and chondroitin, which can decrease the pain.
Rich in Vitamins
Nowadays, people are looking for nutrients and vitamins in anything convenient to consume. Luckily, bone broth doesn’t need much to consume it.
It contains calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which are great for a sustaining muscle and nerve excitation, aiding the capacity of the blood to carry oxygen, and mineralizing bones.
Fish bones, specifically, contain iodine, which is great for promoting metabolism and a healthy thyroid.
How to Make Bone Broth
Now that you know what bone broth is and what its benefits are, it’s time for you to learn how to make it at home.
Making bone broth doesn’t require a degree from culinary school and there’s really no strict way to make it; only tricks to make even tastier versions. The basic recipe below is very straightforward and doesn’t require many ingredients. Feel free to spruce it up!
To make a batch of bone broth, enough for a week or so, you’ll need about 1 gallon of water, 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 2 to 4 pounds of animal bones, and a pinch or two of salt and pepper.
In a large pot, place all the ingredients and season it according to taste. Once satisfied, bring the liquid to a boil then lower it down to a simmer. Ideally, you should simmer the broth for about 12 to 24 hours to really get all the flavor and nutrients out of the bones.
After 24 hours, turn off the heat and leave it to cool before straining the mixture.
The only challenging thing about making bone broth is choosing what kind of animal bones you want in the mixture. Make sure to pick your favorite!
After the first sip, you’ll keep coming back for more.