HOW TO MAKE BONE BROTH AND WHY YOU SHOULD BOTHER
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This option is said by some to be delicious, it can help with everything from head to toe, inside and out and the recommended dose is just serving a day? Here we discuss the benefits about the much talked about and feted bone broth and explain how and why to make it.
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Bone broth is a rich source of collagen which is naturally found in the body primarily as a joint protector and stabiliser. As we age or live certain lifestyles (high stress or physically demanding), our natural collagen production decreases. This in turn leads to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, also joint pain and even skin dehydration. Consuming a simple bone broth daily can help stimulate the body to produce more collagen.
It is said that bone broth contains glycine, a small nonessential amino acid that helps to normalise sleep patterns. When tested, subjects reported improved sleep satisfaction and decreased daytime sleepiness. (Chase, M. “Confirmation of the consensus that glycinergic postsynaptic inhibition is responsible for the atonia of REM sleep”. The Journal of Neuroscience Vol. 31, No. 11 (2008): 1487-1491.) Glycine can also help prevent muscle breakdown and assists with cellular and liver detoxification.
Phosphorus, an essential mineral, is usually found in bone broth that can help improve digestion, cell repair and hormone balance. This works by removing excess oestrogen from the body resulting in thick and glossy hair, smooth and glowing skin and helps combat mood swings.
Due to the rich source of collagen, bone broth is also said to help reduce cellulite. As cellulite is exacerbated by a lack of connective tissue, this is usually improved with an increased collagen-rich diet.
How to make bone broth (makes 3-4 litres)
- Add 2-3 Kg of beef or lamb bones or chicken carcasses and seasoning to a large pot (the bones are often free from local butchers)
- Pour over water and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes
- Add a splash of cider vinegar or lemon juice (it helps to extract the minerals from the bones)
- Add 2 good handfuls of roughly chopped vegetables such as onions, carrots, leeks and celery
- Bring to the boil then simmer
- Leave to simmer for 6-8 hours with regular check-ups to remove any froth and scum
- Strain through a fine sieve and enjoy warm or cool and store
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