It’s not an old wives’ tale to eat chicken noodle soup when you’re sick. Soup used to be made from boiling a whole chicken. Simmering the bones releases the healing compounds that nourish the body, including the electrolytes needed to hydrate.
Bone broth contains minerals in a form the body can easily absorb—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, silicon, sulfur, and trace minerals.
It also contains arginine, proline and glycine. Glycine improves cognitive performance and improves circulation in the brain. Glycine also protects the liver and stimulates the production of glutathione. Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant. It aids the liver in detoxing the body and plays an important role in creating new cells and in protein and DNA synthesis
It repairs the intestinal lining and reduces inflammation, improves digestion, and boosts the immune system.
And as an added benefit, bone broth has chondroitin, collagen, glucosamine, and gelatin. Chondroitin plays a role in regeneration and plasticity in the Central Nervous System. It is also essential, along with collagen and glucosamine, in the construction and repair of cartilage, helping to prevent joint deterioration.
Gelatin and collagen are both great for a healthy gut. They help heal intestinal permeability, “leaky gut”, and restore the normal mucosal layer in the gut.
And lastly, collagen is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. After the age of 20, our bodies produce about 1% less collagen in the skin each year so it is essential to supplement it in your diet.
There are a lot of bone broth supplements and powders, but as always, we prefer whole foods and incorporating them into our diets. We make our bone broth from our pastured, organic chickens and all organic ingredients. We slow simmer our broth and add a little apple cider vinegar to help break down the bones, ligaments, cartilage, marrow and make them release their healing compounds.
Broth is a little bland and easy on the gut, perfect for sipping hot. If you are experiencing digestive issues, bone broth is an excellent healing aid. Just 3-4 oz. a day will begin to restore proper digestion. You can also sip it warm with a little salt and lemon juice for more flavor. And use bone broth in any recipe calling for chicken stock. It will require adding some chicken bouillon paste for the flavor required in a recipe, such as soups and rice dishes.
We sell our necks, backs, and feet to make your own, and our beef bones are also excellent for bone broth.