Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body and the primary component of connective tissue in our skin, bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels, and also the gut. Collagen production declines as we age which is the main cause of fine lines and wrinkles that we develop over time and it can also be damaged by smoking and other forms of oxidative stress such as pollution, toxins, bad diet, drinking alcohol, too little sleep, too much stress etc.
The first time I heard about the benefits of bone broth it sounded too good to be true, nutrient dense, healing, reduces inflammation in the respiratory system and improves digestion and not only that it can boost the immune system, detox your cells and heal disorders such as allergies, asthma and arthritis as it contains minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur among others.
So where do I start?
Its pretty easy when you know how but I must admit until I bought the slow cooker it was a bit of a task as you need to simmer the bones from 12 – 24 hours to get the full benefits. The simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine that have the power to really transform your overall health. With a slow cooker you can just switch it on low and leave your broth to simmer all night without worrying about leaving the stove on. A slow cooker for anyone who is not used to cooking with one, is like a big casserole dish which easily plugs into the electric wall socket.
First things first
Always choose organic grass-fed meat for the best health benefits. I usually start by cooking a chicken roast on the Sunday and I put the leftover carcass in the slow cooker. I add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar which helps to extract the vital nutrients from the bones, also I add a little Celtic salt, garlic and fresh herbs, ginger, vegetables such as cabbage, carrots and maybe coriander seeds or seaweed to really give added flavour and nutritional value. Then just turn on the slow cooker and leave for 24 hours.
When you have finished simmering this nutrient rich broth, strain it into a saucepan or bowl so you just get a clear liquid and then pour into a suitable jar. When cool put into the fridge.
The broth sometimes forms a layer of fat at the top which can be spooned off and used to fry your food and the rest can be re-heated as a soothing and healing drink. I usually have a small cup of bone broth per day to optimise the health potential. However if you don’t like the idea of drinking it but really want to enjoy the benefits you could use the broth to cook rice or pasta and this way you will still be absorbing the goodness but in a different way.
So why not try this ancient healing broth and see what it can do for you. Regularly drinking bone broth or using it in recipes can really help to promote a healthy gut and reduce inflammation and give enormous overall health benefits.