Everything you need to know about Bone Broth!
Bone broth has been called one of the most powerful superfoods available today! If you haven’t tried it yet, it is time you embrace one of the most healing foods in the world. It is no wonder that our mothers and grandmothers used to tell us to have some hot broth soup to heal any kind of illness.
So what is bone broth?
Bone broth (homemade of course) is made by simmering bones for a time ranging between 10 to 48 hours depending on the animal used. What happens during the long cooking process is that the low and long simmering releases the collagen, marrow, amino acids, minerals, glycine and gelatin etc.. from the bones into the broth.
This makes the broth extremely rich in these nutrients as well as minerals such as phosphorous, magnesium, calcium and more.
To prepare your bone broth, you can use bones from poultry, cattle, or fish. The nutrient content will vary depending on the animal used, however the benefits are still quite significant.
So what are the benefits of drinking bone broth?
1- Bone broth is great for increasing your immunity levels. It also can help your body fight the cold.
2- Bone broth helps boost your mood. What you eat affects the bacteria in your gut and your gut bacteria has a direct effect on your brain. There is a constant communication between the gut bacteria and the brain. Bone broth contains valuable nutrients that help heal the lining of your gut in case of inflammation and promotes healthy digestion.
3- This shouldn’t come as a surprise but bone broth promotes strong and healthy bones because it is packed with amino acids, high amounts of calcium and magnesium, all of which are important for the process of growth, repair and maintenance of muscle proteins.
4- Bone broth aids in weight loss since it provides important nutrients for the body and improves digestion.
5- Bone broth is great to normalize stomach acid especially for patients with colitis, celiac disease, ulcers and other inflammatory gut conditions.
If you don’t have the time to prepare homemade bone broth, you can find on occasion high quality organic bone broth in Lebanon at the organic shop A New Earth located in Achrafieh. If you know of any other place, do let us know in the comments section.
If you are vegetarian or vegan, you can prepare a vegetable broth by using veggie scraps or whole vegetables cooking them on low temperature for 10 to 15 hours.
According to Louise Hay, who is an avid supporter of bone broth, “Bones represent the structure of the Universe. When we feel we know the truth, we feel it deep in our bones. Bone broth is grounding and nourishing.”