The Bone Broth Breakthrough
A popular new hot beverage is brimming cups and mugs across America, and many experts are proclaiming its health benefits. So, what does this drink contain? Simply, bone broth. In Time Magazine online, Markham Heid defines bone broth as “a stock made primarily from the bones and connective tissue of animals or fish (the term “bone broth” is a bit of misnomer; traditionally, a “broth” is differentiated from a “stock,” precisely because it doesn’t include animal bones).
In addition, the book Nourishing Broth defines bone broth as having real animal stock, not being made from powders or bouillon cubes. Nourishing Broth explains how the broth can suppress inflammation, sooth allergies, speed up recovery and healing, and fight fatigue.
Marco Canora, owner of Brodo, a bone broth shop in New York, says that broth has been used as an effective healer in many South American cultures.
In an article written by Chris Kresser, a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine, he explains that bones contain an enormous amount of minerals, including 17 different amino acids, many of which can be found in bone broth, such as proteins including gelatin and collagen.
Though the nutritional content varies based on what type of bones are used, as well as the cooking method and cooking time, the below mentioned nutrients are consistently found in most bone broths. These nutrients include::
Zinc, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, and calcium are all minerals that are found in bones, although there must be a presence of acid to extract these minerals from food. That’s why when making broth, a drizzle of vinegar, lemons, or other acid ingredient is essential in getting the most out of the minerals in your bone broth.
There are two types of collagen found inside the center cavity of the bone marrow: red and yellow. Red bone marrow is created in the manufacturing of new immune cells and red blood cells. Yellow marrow is comprised of healthy fats. It is claimed that during cooking, important nutritional and immune support factors may be extracted from the bone marrow.
Collagen makes up about 30 percent of the protein in our body. It is the primary component of connective tissues, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, skin and bones. It is also found in the blood vessels, lens of the eye, and the cornea. In Greek, the translation for collagen literally means, “glue producing.” Collagen also plays a very important role in tissue regulation and development.
BONE BROTH RECIPE
Bone Broth and Your Health
Over the years, a lot has changed in people’s eating habits, and the way food is being harvested and processed. During the primitive ages, everything was eaten. Now, meat carcasses are frequently discarded, and are even considered exotic when eaten. Additionally, a majority of the population has been drawn to fast and processed foods. This combination of a lack of proper nutrition coupled with detrimental food choices has allowed metabolic disorders to be the root cause of disease.
More people now experience ailment and poor health as a result of diet than do from smoking and approximately 75% of every healthcare dollar is spent on metabolic disorders. Yes, anti-smoking campaigns have been extremely effective, but the example is a mere comparison of the gravity of the situation.
The two detriments, smoking and poor diet, would have reached these conclusions independently. It is interesting to note that the former is waning in it’s cause of death, but the latter has skyrocketed over the last 50 years. Much like how education has been able to do away with the majority of smoking, we now need a similar none-at-all approach to combat what is absolutely an obesity epidemic.
Changing the way we view eating and food and how we get our nutrition must become a top priority for the generations to come. We can’t have more sick than healthy or are current healthcare system will only struggle and slip further. Trading in your fast food choices for healthy nutrient rich foods, like bone broth is one piece to the health puzzle.
Due to poor food choices, people have been deprived of the healthy nutrients that are found mostly in different parts of whole meat, such as, glycine, proline, collagen, chondroitin and gelatin – which are all found in bone broth.
Weston A. Price Foundation researchers determined that the minerals that are easily absorbed by the body are rich in bone broth.
Normally, the body has a difficult time obtaining minerals such as phosphorus, sulphur, calcium, and magnesium. However, when prepared in bone broth, these minerals are easily absorbed by the digestive system. Thus, impressive health benefits are found in bone broth.
4 amazing benefits of frequently consuming bone broth:
Bone Broth Prevents heart disease
Heart Disease is one of the major leading causes of death in the United States. Eating foods that protect and improve the heart’s condition is likely to be decrease the chance of disease. The glycine found in bone broth can significantly reduce the severity of heart attacks. Glycine also fights the negative effects of methionine found in eggs and meats. When the diet is rich in methionine, a person has a high risk of vitamin B deficiencies, mental illness, stroke and heart disease.
Bone Broth Protects Joints
There has been an increase in the use of glucosamine supplements to decrease joint pain over the past several years. Bone broth contains glucosamine, and, unlike pills which are of synthetic origins, offers a natural source of glucosamine with added benefits. Chondroitin sulfate found in bone broths has been shown to help osteoarthritis.
Bone Broth Boosts Brain Health
We use our brain so much every day, how about returning the favor and nourishing it appropriately. Glycine found in bone broth and mentioned earlier, is one of the most important inhibitory neurotransmitters. Thus, it helps with brain circulation. Moreover, adding a natural nootropic supplement will make the bone broth and dish high in brain benefits.
Helps in healing the gut
There are seemingly endless ailments that the gut can suffer. From the pesticides being used in our food and the chemicals used in processed foods, to the overuse of medication and pills, the gut is suffering now more than ever. The gelatin found in bone broth is very effective in healing the gut. Gelatin repairs the gut by repairing the linings of the intestine and reducing inflammation caused by gut related diseases and sensitivities to food.
The Rewards of Make-Ahead Meals
Dinner time is the most hectic time for families, as mentioned by Janice Bisses, RD, the author of The Mom’s Guide to Meal Makeovers. Bisses explained that it can really help for dads and moms to make all or part of the meal in advance.
Tsh Oxenreider, author in the Art of Simple, explained that cooking in advance gives the advantage of saving both money and time. There will be less waste food, especially with perishables. Money is saved, in doubling up efforts on the spoils brought home from the store.
Furthermore, cooking in advance creates meals that are healthier than the convenience foods many families rely on. Convenience foods can be eliminated as an option of what to eat, and should be. The convenience foods or fast foods are full of MSG, salt (sodium), chemicals and preservatives.
Oxenreider, went on to say that “preparing ingredients to toss together at the last minute or assembling the full meal for reheating can make the dinner hour can be more relaxed and manageable.”
The recipe below is an example of a make ahead meal, plus an additional application of bone broth in a chicken soup.
Make-Ahead Nootropic Bone Broth with Chicken Soup Recipe
For the bone broth:
1 whole organic chicken
2 tablespoons turmeric
6 cloves garlic
1 white onion
2 tablespoons peppercorn
2 scoops Momental MIND Nootropic Blend
For the soup:
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 cups onions, diced
2 cups carrots, diced
4 to 6 cups bone broth
3 pieces eggplant, diced
2 cups organic chicken breast, shredded
3 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt to taste
Prepare bone broth:
- In a large sauce pot, place whole the chicken and fill with water, about three-fourths full.
- Add all the herbs and vegetables. Squeeze the lemon juice into the mixture.
- Cook on medium-high until boiling, then turn the heat to low and simmer. Remain covered for at least 8 hours.
- Allow the broth to cool. Transfer to mason jars. When the broth is ready to be used for cooking soup, add Momental Mind (after the soup has been cooked) and give it a quick stir.
Chicken soup alternative:
- In a saucepan, heat coconut oil. Sauté onions until soft and add carrots.
- Pour the bone broth and allow to boil.
- Once the carrots are tender, add the eggplant and allow to simmer until tender.
- Add the shredded chicken and bring to a boil.