I constantly get asked for my bone broth recipe. Bone broth helps to heal leaky gut…overcome food intolerances and allergies…improve joint health…reduce cellulite…boosts immune system and more!
I make bone broth all the time in my crockpot….I usually let it go 24-48 hours and It’s so high in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content that I feel neglectful if I toss the bones.
In addition, glycine is required for synthesis of DNA, RNA and many proteins in the body. As such, it plays extensive roles in digestive health, proper functioning of the nervous system and in wound healing.
Glycine aids digestion by helping to regulate the synthesis and of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid. It is involved in detoxification and is required for production of glutathione, an important antioxidant.
Glycine helps regulate blood sugar levels by controlling gluconeogenesis (the manufacture of glucose from proteins in the liver). Glycine also enhances muscle repair/growth by increasing levels of creatine and regulating Human Growth Hormone secretion from the pituitary gland. This wonderful amino acid is also critical for healthy functioning of the central nervous system. In the brain, it inhibits excitatory neurotransmitters, thus producing a calming effect. Glycine is also converted into the neurotransmitter serine, which promotes mental alertness, improves memory, boosts mood, and reduces stress.
Proline has an additional role in reversing atherosclerotic deposits. It enables the blood vessel walls to release cholesterol buildups into your blood stream, decreasing the size of potential blockages in your heart and the surrounding blood vessels. Proline also helps your body break down proteins for use in creating new, healthy muscle cells.
Homemade, nutrient dense bone broth is incredibly easy and inexpensive to make. There is no comparison to the store-bought versions which often contain MSG or other chemicals and which lack gelatin and some of the other health-boosting properties of homemade broth.
In selecting the bones for broth, look for high quality bones from grass fed cattle or bison, pastured poultry, or wild caught fish.
Since you’ll be extracting the minerals and drinking them in concentrated form, you want to make sure that the animal was as healthy as possible.
There are several places to find good bones for stock:
Save leftovers from when you roast a chicken, duck, turkey, or goose (pastured)From a local butcher, especially one who butchers the whole animal. From local farmers who raise grass fed animals (ask around at your local Farmer’s Market)Online from companies like US Wellness Meats (also where I get grass fed Tallow in bulk- they sell pre-made high quality broth)
This recipe for broth is my favorite and is an adaption of the recipe in Nourishing Traditions.
Place bones into a large stock pot and cover with water.Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to water prior to cooking. This helps to pull out important nutrients from the bones.Fill stock pot with filtered water. Leave plenty of room for water to boil.Heat slowly. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for at least six hours. Remove scum as it arises.Cook slow and at low heat. Chicken bones (or other bones) can cook for 24 hours. Beef bones can cook for 48 hours. A low and slow cook time is necessary in order to fully extract the nutrients in and around bone.You can also add in vegetables such as onions, garlic, carrots, and celery for added nutrient value.
After cooking, the broth will cool and a layer of fat will harden on top. This layer protects the broth beneath. Discard this layer only when you are about to eat the broth.
Love and Blessings, Wendy C.
“Healing Mind, Body & Soul