Bone Broth: The New Superfood
Move over kale, there is a new superfood in town: bone broth! It may look like an outlier in a category with things like blueberries, chia seeds and spirulina, but it is well deserving of this title given its nutritional superpowers. For starters, bone broth contains essential and nonessential amino acids in a form your body can easily absorb it. Amino acids, as you may remember, are the building blocks of proteins that your body uses to build and repair tissues, synthesize enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and are also a crucial component in skin, muscles, cartilage, bone and blood. Also, bone broth contains minerals and electrolytes, such as phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and potassium that are important for the health of your heart, bones, digestive system and numerous other bodily functions.
Speaking of digestive health, bone broth is considered a staple in any diet focused at improving gut health. The reason is that bone broth contains many substances, like collagen, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate, that help repair and seal the intestinal lining, improving digestive health and lowering inflammation. To top it off, bone broth is also an incredible immune booster. It’s no wonder we feel inclined to drink soup when are sick – it actually helps fight off colds! One of its amino acids, glycine, promotes detoxification and cleansing, also making bone broth a vital food in several detox programs.
And best of all, bone broth is a very versatile food. You can use it as a main dish, as a snack, to boil vegetables, cook grains, as an ingredient in sauces and even to pack some more nutrients in a smoothie. Regardless of how you choose to use it, bone broth is one of the best and easiest ways to give you tons of nutrients in your culinary adventures.
4 pounds of beef bone with marrow
4 carrots, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
5 sprigs of parsley and/or cilantro
1 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of black pepper
1 tsp of ginger
Himalayan sea salt to taste
2 tbsps of apple cider vinegar
1. Place bones in a pot and cover with water. Add 2 tbsps of apple cider vinegar and let it sit for 1 hour (this will draw out the minerals in the bones).
2. Place all the ingredients in the pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce and simmer, skimming the fat that rises at the top.
3. Simmer from 6 to 48 hours (simmering for longer will allow more nutrients to be released, but individuals with histamine and/or glutamine sensitivity would benefit from shorter cooking time).