I’ve been doing a lot of reading about dietary and lifestyle practices for optimal health. Bone broth features prominently in several authors’ writings. Here are a few of its benefits:
- As a natural, easily-absorbed source of collagen, bone broth helps stem the tide of age-related joint cartilage degradation. It also promotes skin elasticity and moisture.
- It strengthens the gut lining and supports growth of probiotics (i.e., good bacteria). A healthy gut contributes to proper immune system functioning.
- Bone broth promotes cellular and liver detoxification. It helps eliminate heavy metal toxins while contributing to absorption of essential nutrients.
Here’s how I make it:
For chicken bone broth, I start by roasting an organic, free-range chicken and serve it for dinner. We collect the bones from the meat we eat and de-bone the leftovers. A full set of chicken bones plus 8 cups of water, a sliced onion, 1-2 carrots, 2-3 celery stalks, and crushed garlic (with skins) yields a tasty broth after 24 hours of simmering.
While I generally use bone broth when making soup, it can be consumed as a hot drink. I find beef and chicken broth more flavorful than pork broth, although the latter tends to be more collagen-rich.