The Bone Broth Craze
Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth
Bone broth has been used for many years as a health remedy for the common cold. Bone broth has been making a comeback. Bone broth as a natural remedy for many different health problems has become a revived natural health remedy with one of the newest diets called the Paleo Diet. For centuries people from all over the world have been using bone broth as a way to preserve food for longer periods of time.
For example, our Paleo ancestors would use hot stones to cook meat and cracked bones for the marrow inside. Later in the mid-nineteenth century, Europeans used broth made of meat and bones as a dietary aid in the nutrition of the young, weak, sick, and elderly. With all the different uses and health benefits of bone broth, it’s not a surprise that people are seeking out this simple food as a natural health remedy once again.
All around the world people have been using bone broths as a natural remedy for common colds, flu, sinus infections, and even inflammation issues with joints. There are numerous different studies that show bone broth can aid with promoting a healthy gut, fighting inflammation, reducing joint pain, and even healthy hair and nail growth. Campbell’s Chicken Soup has become a well-known remedy for the common cold, but it contains large amounts of salt and other ingredients like: monosodium glutamate, soy protein concentrate, modified food starch, and dehydrated mechanically separated chicken. Campbell’s Chicken Soup also contains wheat flour which can reap havoc on a person who needs to maintain a strict gluten free diet.
Bone broth made at home doesn’t contain modified food starch, dehydrated mechanically separated chicken, wheat flour, or any other questionable ingredients that are in Campbell’s Chicken Soup. Bone broth is easy to make at home, and with studies citing so many added health benefits it’s worth ditching the canned soup. There are many recipes for different types of bone broth found online with a simple Google Search. Here is a simple recipe for chicken bone broth:
Chicken Bone Broth Stock:
- 3 lbs. Whole Chicken
- 4-6 Quarts Water
- 3 tbs. Sea Salt
- 1 Large White Onion, chopped
- 3-4 Large Carrots, chopped
- 4 Stalks of Celery, chopped including leaves
- 3 tbs. Dried Parsely
- Pepper to taste
- When using a whole chicken remove be sure to remove the gizzards and neck. The neck bones can dissolve into small pieces and maybe hard to remove after the broth is complete.
- Place whole chicken and all ingredients in a large crock pot. Slow cook for 4 to 6 hours on medium heat setting. After about one hour skim the film from the top of the broth. The longer you cook the broth the richer in flavor it will be.
- After cooking for 4-6 hours remove whole chicken and any pieces that make have fallen off. Set chicken aside to cool.
- Strain stock several times with a skimmer or mesh colander. Store in containers in the refrigerator or for longer storage the freezer.
- After chicken meat has cooled, remove meat from carcass to reserve for other use, or add back into the broth to create a chicken soup.
The Healing Power of Chicken Stock
Chicken bone broth has infection fighting properties and aids in fighting the common cold or flu. Aside from helping the common cold, one study in 2001, outlined the benefits of chicken bone broth regarding a runny nose. The study found that chicken bone broth was greater at reducing inflammation and mucus than hot water. For people with sinus issues this could mean extra relief if a hot water solution isn’t providing them enough relief from nasal issues.
Additional Health Benefits of Bone Broth
Aside from treating inflammation, healing the gut, and fighting the common cold, bone broth has these great nutritional benefits:
Calcium, Phosphorus, and trace minerals
Components of bone marrow, collagen, and cartilage
Glucosamine and amino acids like glycine and glutamine
There are great benefits for a range of elements making bone broth a natural remedy worth trying.
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