Paleo bone broth – what you need to know!
Did you know that paleo bone broth has so many amazing health benefits?
If you are suffering from, insomnia, joint pain, infections, digestive disorders, or autoimmune disease, then this long forgotten superfood can help immensely.
Do you remember when your grandma used to make that delicious soup or stew, and it was one of the best meals you ever had? This is it.
Back then, we didn’t know the health benefits of drinking bone broth. But we drank/ate it because it was good and delicious.
Paleo bone broth is very easy to make and can be taken any time of the day on its own or with other food.
Forward back to the present, Bone broth has been recognized as a super healthy and nutritious hot beverage.
Paleo bone broth is rich in minerals and vitamins like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin D.
Bone broth is also stacked with amino acids like glycine and proline, proteins, collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin.
The short answer is NO.
packaged bone broth is full of MSG, artificial flavors, and too much salt, even the so-called organic ones.
Homemade bone broth doesn’t contain any of the above, and it’s made with spices, vegetables, bone marrow, and water.
What are the health benefits of homemade paleo bone broth?
Improve your sleep and memory with bone broth
The amino acid Glycine has been proven to have a soothing and a calming effect on the body and the mind.
So, having a cup of bone broth on a daily basis can help you sleep better and improve your memory.
Bone broth contains Gelatin. Gelatin comes from Collagen and other proteins that are found in bones, tendons, and cartilages in animals.
The great thing about Gelatin is that it acts as a protective layer for the gut lining. People, who are suffering from leaky gut, where the nutrients get leaked, will greatly benefit from drinking bone broth.
Coating and sealing the gut lining will also improve digestion and gut inflammation such as chronic diarrhea and constipation.
Did you ever wonder why your mom’s homemade chicken soup miraculously made you feel better when you were sick?
Bone (or chicken) broth is full of minerals. These minerals are proven to boost the immune system and reduce upper respiratory inflammations.
Studies have proven, people with auto-immune disorders can benefit from consuming bone broth.
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Bone broth for strong bones
The building blocks of bones are minerals such as calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, phosphorus…etc. These minerals are the foundation for having and maintaining healthy and strong bones.
The challenge with taking minerals like calcium and magnesium supplements is that they are not readily bio-available and it’s very hard for the body to absorb them easily. That’s why not all mineral supplements are made the same way.
The minerals, amino acids, and proteins in bone broth work synergistically to be readily bio-available and easily absorbed. That makes bone broth one of the most natural bio-available calcium supplement on the market.
It comes as no surprise, people who consume foods high in minerals have healthy bones. As we know already, bone broth is full of minerals, so a daily dose of bone broth will go a long way in helping your bones to stay healthy.
Bone broth is good for the osteoarthritis and joint pain
Bone broth contains glucosamine and chondroitin.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are one of the most highly regarded supplements for treating joint pain and osteoarthritis.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are found in healthy cartilages, especially in the fluid around the joints. There are numerous studies done on glucosamine and chondroitin that have proven their effectiveness.
What’s really great about bone broth is that the glucosamine and chondroitin in bone broth combined with other minerals are naturally and readily bioavailable just like calcium, so the body will absorb them easily unlike man made supplements.
Beautiful skin and strong hair and nails
Collagen is most abundant protein in our body. It makes up 70% of our skin and 30% of the proteins that are available in our body.
Drinking bone broth regularly will do wonders for your hair and nails. Skin elasticity is dependent on the amount of collagen you have in your body. The collagen in bone broth can boost the skin elasticity and keep the skin looking youthful and healthy.
Bone broth is great post workout recovery drink
It’s very important to replenish your body after a strenuous workout. Our body loses electrolytes and muscle mass during and after workouts.( 7 easy ways to keep yourself motivated to workout)
Bone broth is full of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, amino acids, proteins, and anti-inflammatory agents, like glucosamine and chondroitin. All these nutrients will immensely help in muscle repair, and reduce joint pain and discomfort.
How is bone broth made?
Bone broth is easy to make.
All you need is a big pot, bones of your choice, preferably organic, and cold water.
Cold water will let the bones cook slowly to bring out more flavor and nutrients from the bones.
It’s totally your choice if you want to add spices, salt, and vegetables of your choice to make soups, and make it more nutritious and flavor rich.
To be able to extract more nutrients ( especially calcium) from the bones, you need to use vinegar. Vinegar is an acid and that will draw more calcium and dissolves and loosens any tough bits and meats that are left on the bones.
Beef bone broth recipes
- 2-4 lbs of beef bones
- 1 gallon of water
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- big stockpot
- everything goes into the pot
- let it cook slowly for around 10 hours (up to 24 hours)
- let it cool down, strain and pour into clean container.
- refrigerate overnight, remove the solidified fat layer and use bone broth when needed
- if decided not to use it within few days, store in the freezer, and use when desired (up to 6 months)
This recipe is to make simple and plain bone broth. If you want to add spices and vegetables, then that is perfectly fine.
- 4 pounds beef bones
- 1 medium sliced onion
- 1 whole leek, small pieces
- 2 celery stalks, small pieces
- 1 garlic head
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- large stockpot
- Preheat oven to 450°F
- Place beef bones, carrots, leek, onion, and garlic on a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes till they turn brown
- Fill large stockpot with 12 cups of water
- Add celery, bay leaves, peppercorns, and vinegar
- Add the roasted beef bones and vegetables to the stockpot
- Add more water if necessary
- Cover the pot, and let it cook till it starts to boil.
- Lower heat to very low simmer, lid needs to be slightly open
- Skim foam and fat when necessary
- Let it cook for at least 8 hours, but up to 24 hours (the longer the better)
- Remove pot from heat, and let it cool
- Strain broth and discard bones and vegetables
- Refrigerate overnight, remove the fat layer the next day
Now you have super healthy and delicious bone broth that you can drink on its own or to cook with it. Bone broth is very versatile and can be mixed and cooked with a variety of different foods.
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