Superfoods: as good as they can be for you with their never-ending list of health benefits, there also comes their super-extravagant tags: ingredients sourced from the innermost and unknown locations around the world, and extracted and produced using exorbitant methods.
Think of the ‘I’ll have a half activated-almond milk, half low-fat, soy, ancient Chinese-spiced chai mocha latte, with a shot of antediluvian-Indian turmeric, sprinkled with royally-sourced French vanilla and cinnamon, topped with unicorn and fairy dust’ memes.
Yet Bone Broth is now the most recent superfoods to be receiving a surge in attention. Refreshingly enough, it is also one of the most simple recipes to make, using your daily and standard staple ingredients.
What is Bone Broth and How to Make this Bone-based Beverage:
Made with bones (chicken necks, beef knuckle bones, oxtail, etc), simmer for an average for 48 hours with vegetables and herbs, to form a broth.Simple as simple recipes can be.
Extended simmering extracts the numerous vitamins and nutrients better; additional herbs such as bay leaves give added flavour, as well as Apple Cider Vinegar being a common addition to recipes.
Why the Hype?
Bone Broth is soup for the soul.Despite being a traditional and relatively old recipe, Bone Broth is a prime example of ‘what was once old is new again’ in terms of trends. For something so simple, the increasing hype and praise surrounding Bone Broth within the wellness, health and fitness industries, can be easily seen due to its unique natural benefits and numerous healing attributes on the body:
Extracting the vitamins and minerals through simmering of the bones can help to heal and boost inner immune strength.
Traditionally made bone broths are believed to support healthy inflammatory response and normal immune system function. Bone broth can even promote healthy sleep, boost energy during the day and support a healthy mood.” DR. AXE
Heal and alleviate bone and joint issues, pains and soreness with the glucosamine, calcium and magnesium found within this nutrient dense food. These vitamins and minerals heal deep bone inflammation.
Gut Health Healer:
Bone Broth is primarily being praised as a source of nourishment for gut healing.Good digestion is a key benefit, as continuous intake of the broth increases the ability of your gut to better absorb the amino acids such as glutamine and glycine, vitamins and minerals. This in turn, addresses and cures issues within the intestines such as IBS and acid reflux. Bone Broth also has a high gelatin content, which is key in supporting and healing damaged intestinal inflammation and inner gut lining, or what is referred to as ‘leaky gut syndrome’.
Skin and Hair Warrior:
With high levels of collagen and keratin, Bone Broth is key for conditioning both skin and hair. Bone Broth helps to heal damaged hair, making it shiny and stronger. Skin is brightened, firmed and made smoother through its high collagen levels. The extracted vitamins and minerals help to additionally boost skin conditions, including cellulite.
The key ingredient of bones are a high protein source and a great addition to any diet. The glutamine found in the broth is also a key attribute for muscle development.
Added Bonuses of the Broth:
And of course, an additional benefit of this bone and vegetable infusion is how cost effective it really is: the majority of the ingredients for the standard broth recipe include those which are readily available staples in your kitchen.
This superfood is super simple and a recipe that can easily be made at home and stored in containers to have over an extended period. It also has the additional bonus of being versatile in the kitchen: Once made, it can be used to enhance the flavourings of quinoa and cous-cous, used within soups and stews, as well as a base for sauces.
Brew me up a batch.