Have you heard all the hype about bone broth lately? This little broth that you cook on your stove from 24 to 48 hours touts that it can heal a leaky gut, improve joint health, reduce cellulite (can I hear an amen!) and boost your immune system, to name a few. New York venders are selling their homemade broth for up to $9 a cup! But you can make it at home for a whole lot less and it fits in perfectly with eating clean. Simmering meat bones in a pot with other healing vegetables causes the bones, marrow, and ligaments to release healing compounds such as glutamine, proline, glycine, and collagen, and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, silicone, magnesium, and others, all which have the power to transform your health. Here is a list of its benefits:

  1. Helps heal and seal your gut, promoting healthy digestion: the gelatin found in bone broth attracts and hold liquids, including juices in your digestive tract, because the gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid.
  2. Fights inflammation: the proline, glycine, and arginine, all amino acids, have anti-inflammatory effects.
  3. Reduces joint pain: When you boil the cartilage, chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, and other compounds are released into the broth, all which promote reduction of inflammation and relief of joint pain.
  4. Inhibits infection: studies have proven that bone broth has specific medicinal qualities that can significantly reduce cold and flu viruses.
  5. Promotes Strong, healthy bones: the calcium and magnesium, along with other nutrients pulled from the bones plays a large role in the formation of healthy bones.
  6. Promotes nail growth and healthy hair: you can thank the gelatin and collagen in the bone broth for this added beauty feature.

If that isn’t a powerful enough list to start you cooking bone broth, I don’t know what is, especially if you are celiac. Leaky gut and inflammation issues are huge battles for those of us who live with this disease. The Nourished Kitchen wrote a great article on not only the benefits of bone broth, but the culinary and frugal benefits as well.

Making Bone Broth
Ingredients for a good bone broth.

When purchasing bones, they are generally found in the freezer section of your health food store. Look for grass-fed beef bones, or if making chicken stock, cook up a roasted whole free-range organic chicken, then use the bones to make your broth. And the best thing is, it is SO EASY to make! Throw the bones in a large pot, add vegetables, such as celery, onion, carrots, (a teaspoon of cider vinegar also helps draw out the nutrients) add water and start simmering, and simmering, and simmering, until all those healthy nutrients are drawn from the bones.

I added a few kale leaves and a bunch of parsley to my pot as well. Fill the pot with water and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer, put a lid on it, and check it about every 6-8 hours to see if you need to add more water. Beef bone broth should simmer for about 48 hours to allow all the nutrients to be pulled, and chicken should simmer for approximately 24 hours. Remove all vegetables and bones from the broth, strain, add a little salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cool before placing in Ziploc freezer bags and freezing.

Final Stages of Bone Broth
Final Stages of Bone Broth

Now pour yourself a healing bowl of broth, or use it in your favorite soup recipe, or any recipe calling for broth. Let the healing begin!

A Bowl of Healing Bone Broth
A Bowl of Healing Bone Broth

Here are a few of my favorite soup recipes:

Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup
This hearty vegetable beef soup is rich and complex with flavor. By far the best vegetable beef soup recipe!
Tuscan Bean Soup (gluten & dairy-free)
Pour yourself a delicious bowl of Tuscan Bean Soup and allow the rich flavors to warm your bones on a cold winter’s day!
Leek & Asparagus Soup
Leek & Asparagus Soup topped with a dollop of yogurt and finished with leek garnish.
Thai Coconut Curry Soup
If you love Thai, you’ll love this Thai Coconut Curry Soup! Spicy, Sweet and Savory all in one bowl.

Healing Bone Broth

Serves 32
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 48 hours
Total time 48 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Soup
Misc Freezable
The healing power of bone broth has a long list of benefits for your body. Drink this broth and heal your leaky gut, joint pain, inflammation and much more!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Large beef bones
  • 1 Medium onion (sliced in wedges)
  • 2 Medium carrots (chopped in half)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped in half)
  • 1 bunch parsley (small)
  • 2 Large kale leaves (optional)
  • water
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Directions

Step 1
Place beef bones and all vegetables in a large stock pot. Cover with water, add vinegar, and bring to a boil.
Step 2
place lid on pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 48 hrs. Check pot every 6-8 hrs and add more water as needed.
Step 3
After 48 hours, remove all vegetable and beef bones from broth. Run broth through cheese cloth or a strainer and salt and pepper to taste. Allow broth to cool.
Step 4
Place broth in 1 pint Ziploc freezer bags. Freeze for using in any recipe that calls for broth or simply drinking as a broth soup.

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40 comments on “The Healing Power of Bone Broth”

  1. This sounds so hearty and lovely! I’m always on the look out for gluten free recipes!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  2. One of my favorite soups when I’m sick is a beef broth and barley–there’s nothing that can comfort me faster! I’ve never tried making my own, and I cannot believe that people are charging $9 for it!! (Oh, wait, it’s NYC–of course I can believe that! Haha)

  3. Wow, I wasn’t aware of the benefits of bone-based soups, but I’ve been enjoying them all my life. 🙂 From pork bone broths with root vegetables (sweet and simple), to milky, rich beef bone broths with thin noodles, green onions, and soy sauce (a Korean recipe), they’re just so comforting and warming and filling… They represent the best part of winter, to me. :9

    xo,
    lauriel
    EyeForElegance.com

  4. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about bone broth but I’ve never tried it…yet. Your recipe looks so easy and this is going on my to-do list!

  5. Laura, we entirely agree with you about bone broths been making them for years. Be interested to know your references for your descriptions of what they can do and are good for. Best wishes Ian

    • Hi Ian, if you have not read Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride’s GAPS book called Gut and Psychology Syndrome, I recommend it. She covers quite thoroughly the healing benefits of bone broth. Glad to hear you have been making bone broth for years. 🙂

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