Bone broth is a main ingredient in Asian long-life soup and also in the soup known as Jewish penicillin. Broth is a mineral rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals (beef, bison, lamb, poultry, or fish) with vegetables, herbs and spices.
Bone broth is increasingly recommended to patients with certain health conditions, for example, as part of the gut and psychology syndrome (GAPS) diet for autism, for those with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and for dyspraxia, depression and schizophrenia.
Most people have heard the old saying that chicken soup will help cure a cold. However, there is still very little scientific evidence about bone broth.
Possible health benefits of bone broth:
- May be beneficial for inflammatory conditions.
- Improves bone formation, growth and repair.
- Helps to heal infection and cure colds and flu.
- Nourishes skin and hair.
- May help with digestion.
Note: High consumption of bone broth can result in lead contamination.
Homemade, nutrient dense bone broth is incredibly easy and inexpensive to make. Bone Broth is made with bones and can contain a small amount of meat adhering to the bones. Bones are typically roasted first to improve the flavor of the bone broth. Bone broths are typically simmered for a very long period of time often in excess of 24 hours.
- In selecting the bones for broth, look for high quality bones from grass fed cattle or bison, pastured poultry, or wild caught fish