Although bone broth hasn’t been scientifically proven to work, it has been used for years to heal the body. People with joint conditions, skin conditions, lowered immune system have all taken bone broth and have had great results.
I recently decided to try it. I get eczema and had a very big flare up when I got very sick. The normal things I usually help such as cutting out dairy and taking probiotics didn’t seem to help that much. I would wake up at 5am every mornng just to give my hands a big scratch. Fall back asleep until my alarm.
One morning I drank some bone broth and went along my day as per normal. The next morning I woke with my alarm and noticed I didn’t need to scratch my hands. So I had some more broth. By the 2nd day I could see instant results.
The skin on my hand was starting to heal. By a week it was looking like my hand again. Now one month later it has pretty much healed. It is so amazing that I have continued to drink it to see if I notice anything else.
Recently, I noticed how strong my nails are and how silky they feel to touch. I think it is an indication that my gut is healing and as a result my nails and skin are showing. I also feel like I have been less bloated than normal. Probably because I am able to digest my food better.
Bone broth is a staple in the GAPS and body ecology diets which focus on gut health. These diets see that gut health is number one when it comes to healing the rest of body. As a Naturopath, and with almost all my clients, the gut is where I start.
So here is the low down on bone broth:
It contains a range of amino acids; cysteine, glycine, proline, glutamine and arginine.
- Helps with respiratory conditions as it is able to thin the mucus which makes coughing easier.
- Cysteine is part of a powerful antioxidant pathway which can aid in detoxification.
- Glycine is needed to create bile salts which help break down dietary fats.
- It is need to make glutathione which is part of the powerful antioxidant pathway which cysteine is part of also.
- Glycine can improve sleep and increase memory.
- Proline can help to regenerate cartilage and joints
- Can encourage youthful looking skin reducing cellulite
- Helps to repair the lining of your gut.
- Glutamine helps to repair the gut lining by repairing the villi
- It can be helpful to those wanting to gain muscle mass and improves metabolism
- Can help speed up wounds and increase immune system
- Helps to restore liver function
- Required for some hormones
- Essential for healthy sperm production.
Bone broth also contains:
- Collagen – an essential protein responsible for repair in all our connective tissue; hair, skin, nails, ligaments and cartilage. This would also include the lining of your gut and can be helpful in conditions such as IBS, Crohns and Ulcerative colitis.
- It contains minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and sulphur.
- Bone broth also contains gelatine which supports growth of hair and nails.
Axe, (2016). Bone Broth Benefits for Digestion, Arthritis and Cellulite. Retrieved from: http://draxe.com/the-healing-power-of-bone-broth-for-digestion-arthritis-and-cellulite/
Mercola, (2013). Bone Broth—One of Your Most Healing Diet Staples. Retrieved from: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/16/bone-broth-benefits.aspx
University of Maryland, (2016). Cysteine. Retrieved from: https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/cysteine
- 1 Chicken carcass (I buy organic chicken frames especially – but you can just use a carcass of a chicken you have roasted)
- 2tbsp. vinegar (to draw minerals from the bones)
- Handful of fresh herbs of your choice (I used basil and parsley because they were in my garden but I have used coriander before)
- 2 carrots
- 1 celery (optional)
- 2 cloves of garlic (unpeeled) or I just add 2 tsp. crushed garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 1tbsp. dried rosemary
- Put all ingredients in the crock pot or big pot.
- Pour water so all ingredients are covered
- Bring to boil
- Turn down to a simmer
- Allow to simmer as long as you have time. I usually do it for around 5-8 hours but the longer the better
- Drain liquid out in to a bowl or something that’s easy to pour in to jars
- Pour the liquid in the jars
- Drink ¼ of a coffee mug each morning before breakfast
- It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week and for 3 months in the freezer.