In today’s fast and mundane life, health has lost its focus among the many, however, I firmly believe in the we-all-know notion of ‘health is wealth’ and today I will discuss some of the health benefits of slow cooked homemade bone broth (‘stock’ is another word used synonymously with broth, however some chefs distinguish stock as being made from bones while broth is made from meat. I use two words interchangeably).
Nutrient-rich bone broth has been a dietary staple in my family’s kitchen for as long as I can remember. There has never been a soup cooked by my grandmother, my mum, or myself without the base of a lovely homemade stock. We have been using it not only to enhance the flavour but also to enrich the nutritional value of the meal. For that reason I always have containers full of it, frozen in my freezer, for whenever the recipe calls for it.
Homemade bone broth has long been considered as one of the best healing medicines for illness, an ‘excellerator’ in recuperation from cold. We all have heard about the chicken soup being an excellent cure for the usual common cold.
The healing benefits of bone broth are even proven scientifically, so let us take a closer look at some of the health benefits:
- Healing and sealing benefit: Bone broth contains gelatine which helps heal the lining of your gut and support proper digestion.
- Clearing mucus in lungs: Thanks to natural amino acid, cysteine, which is known to thin mucus in the lungs and hence makes it easier to be expelled.
- Joint protection: Thanks to glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates, which are extracted, amongst others, from the boiled down cartilage, bone broth may help reduce inflammation and pain in your joints.
- Makes you look radiant: Collagen and gelatine in bone broth help to look beautiful with healthy hair, skin, and strong nails.
- Strong and healthy bones: It helps in maintaining strong and healthy bones as bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other nutrients vital in strong bone formation.
- Sleeping well: Thanks to the amino acid glycine and its calming effects, bone broth is known to give a sound sleep which also helps in feeling generally better and in improving memory.
- Energy boost: Many people record boost of energy from drinking bone broth.
- Increase in immunity: Thanks to the high concentration of minerals bone broth helps in increasing body immunity to fight common cold and other viruses.
Bone broth is very economical for everyday use so you won’t end up spending too much even if you consume it on a daily basis. It is a fabulous way of using up any left over carcasses or bones after roast dinner or lunch (obviously you can also use the whole chicken or fresh bones from a butcher) and any excess veggies that might go bad otherwise. It is very easy to prepare as the recipe below shows.
How to use Bone Broth
Now, when it comes to using bone broth, one can do much more than simply consuming it in a mug with some spices and seasoning. You can have it with a bit of crushed garlic and pepper; Tamari or soy sauce, some chilli and pieces of ginger; not to forget that you can also use it for braising and poaching your vegetables and meat as well as in sauces, soups, stews and steam-fries.