Want to learn all about bone broth before you make it? Read my original article “Bone Broth: Everything You Need to Know” first.
The quick and dirty:
Bone broth is an abundant source of minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium in forms that your body can easily absorb (YES! We want this).
It’s rich in glycine and proline, amino acids not found in significant amounts in muscle meat (the vast majority of the meat we consume). It also contains chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the compounds sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain.
Finally, “soup bones” contain collagen, a protein found in the connective tissue of vertebrate animals, which is abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. (Did you know? The breakdown of collagen in bone broths is what produces that jiggly gelatine.)
Collagen is growing in popularity these days as a superfood protein supplement that is both non-allergenic, easily digestible, easily assimilated by the body and all around awesome for gut health, plus the health and resilience of our bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilages, and skin. We want this.
Ready to make your bone broth? See below. This simple recipe is perfect for beginners.
Simple Chicken Bone Broth
Note: Even if you don’t have a slow-cooker you can still reproduce this recipe on a stovetop, with a large pot on low heat.