One of the oldest health and anti-ageing foods on the planet, bone broth has recently taken the stage again as a superstar food in our eternal quest for perfect health. This nutritious, cure-all liquid has been consumed for centuries in all areas of the world and is now being served up in mugs as a nourishing hot drink or delicious addition to soups, stews and sauces. Age-old remedy or short-lived fad? We’ll let you decide once you’ve had a read up on its health benefits + an easy at-home recipe below.
Bone broth is particularly rich in the nutrient collagen, a structural protein that builds strong skin and connective tissue to promote smoothness and firmness and to minimise wrinkling and ageing. It has also long-been used for joint support in cases of arthritis and in the ageing population. Collagen is far more useful when consumed in the diet as opposed to being applied to the skin. Bone broth also has significant amounts of some important minerals including calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, all of which will further help on our mission to stay youthful!
Energising & Detoxifying
Bone broth is a superfood for your digestion, providing numerous electrolytes and trace minerals to nurture gut health. It is also rich in amino acids like glycine, proline and arginine, which help repair the gut lining and assist your natural detoxing pathways in the liver. These compounds together will encourage natural detoxing and improve symptoms related to digestive disorders such as dehydration, bloating, acid reflux, constipation and more. By decreasing these symptoms and replenishing the body with important nutrients, a bone broth can help decrease brain fog and promote a clear and energised body and mind.
Bone broth can be considered one of the most nutrient-packed foods available to us and it contains some nutrients that can be hard to get from other food sources, such as collagen (for skin and joint health) and glucosamine (an antioxidant that will promote vitality and energy). By swapping out some less nourishing foods and replacing them with a daily bone broth, you can replenish your nutrient supply and boost your immunity.
There’s nothing more warming and satisfying than a big, hot bowl of goodness. Heat yourself up a mug of bone broth each morning to fill you up and warm you down to your toes. This is likely to keep you from getting hungry and snacking on sugary foods for at least a few hours and will set you up for a focused and productive day.
Easy At-Home Bone Broth Recipe
1kg x grass fed beef bones or free range chicken bones
2 x garlic cloves
1 x knob ginger
1 x onion
2 x carrots
2 x celery stalks
2 x tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Roast bones for added depth and flavour
2. Place bones into a stock pot and add water until bones are submerged
3. Add ACV to draw out all the goodness
4. Simmer bones for 24-48 hours
5. Add the vegetables, herbs & spices for the last 2-3 hours of cooking time
6. Strain and cool
7. Top with fresh parsley, salt & pepper
8. Drink as a hot beverage or use it to flavour your next meal
** Keep for 3-4 days in the fridge or freeze for up to 3 months
Have you tried bone broth before? How do you consume it? Let us know in the comments below xo