Seemingly Endless Benefits of Bone Broth - Food-as-Medicine!
Some of the many health and healing benefits of "Jewish penicillin" ~ AKA bone broth ~ with supporting articles, resources - including a Free Broth & Soup Course!
Date: 9/15/2009 3:21:50 AM ( 8 y ) ... viewed 13396 times
"Many studies now confirm what Grandma always knew--that broth made from bones is a great remedy, a tonic for the sick, a strengthener for athletes ...
The big question is why so many early studies showing the healing power of gelatin have languished in obscurity. The easy explanation is that after the 1930s, pharmaceutical drugs were widely prescribed for ills that were once healed with gelatin."[1-A]
This is critically important good news:
"Gelatin’s traditional reputation as a health restorer has hinged primarily on its ability to soothe the GI tract. 'Gelatin lines the mucous membrane of the intestinal tract and guards against further injurious action on the part of the ingesta,' wrote Erich Cohn of the Medical Polyclinic of the University of Bonn back in 1905. Cohn recommended gelatin to people with 'intestinal catarrh'--an inflammation of the mucus membrane now called irritable bowel syndrome. Interestingly, the type of gelatin used in follow-up experiments done on people with even more serious intestinal diseases was specified as a 'concentrated calves foot broth.' (37) This form of gelatin would have been rich in cartilage and bone and presumably provide a better amino acid profile than straight collagen."
Also at Weston A. Price Foundation:
"Pottenger also pioneered the use of gelatin-rich meat bone broth for the treatment of disease and the maintenance of good health. His seminal article 'Hydrophilic Colloid Diet' stated the case for traditional stock, rich in minerals and hydrophilic gelatin, as an aid to digestion and a source of minerals in easily assimilated form. He often stated that the stock pot was the most important piece of kitchen equipment a family could own."[1-B]
Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions says: "... Another technique found universally in ethnic cuisines is the use of bone broths, rich in gelatin as well as in calcium and other minerals. The archives of our medical libraries contain many studies on the beneficial effects of gelatin taken on a daily or frequent basis, but these studies are ignored even as traditional methods for making rich stocks are forgotten."
November 19, 2014 -
"Broth, made from the bones of animals, has been consumed as a source of nourishment for humankind throughout the ages. It is a traditional remedy across cultures for the sick and weak. A classic folk treatment for colds and flu, it has also been used historically for ailments that affect connective tissues such as the gastrointestinal tract, the joints, the skin, the lungs, the muscles and the blood. Broth has fallen out of favor in most households today, probably due to the increased pace of life that has reduced home cooking in general.
Far from being old-fashioned, broth (or stock) continues to be a staple in professional and gourmet cuisine, due to its unsurpassed flavor and body. It serves as the base for many recipes including soup, sauces and gravy. Broth is a valuable food and a valuable medicine, much too valuable to be forgotten or discounted in our modern times with our busy ways and jaded attitudes."[1-C]
The Benefits of Bone Broth
by Lance Roll
(Chef Lance was featured on the "Digestion Series" produced by "Undergraound Wellness"!)
Hippocrates stated "Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food." Bone broth, as used throughout history, has been affectionately known as "Jewish penicillin." Bone broth is still made and ingested today by people around the globe. The Flavor Chef's bone broth is cooked over a 18-hour period for maximum mineral extraction and infused with love. This mineral rich liquid is made by simmering the bones of free-range chicken, including feet, traditional vegetables, as well as herbs, and a small amount of raw apple cider vinegar, all in Artesian well water to produce a delicious elixir.
A summary of the many benefits of Bone Broth:
1. Promotes healing: Bone broths have been used successfully in treating gastro-intestinal disorders, including hyper-acidity, colitis, Crohn's disease, and infant diarrhea.
"Chicken soup has a natural ingredient which feeds, repairs, and calms the mucous lining in
the small intestine."[1-D]
2. Digestive aid: Aids in the digestibility of grains, beans, legumes, vegetables and meats and is hydrophilic in nature. (Inclusion of real bone broth (rich in gelatin) in the daily diet will improve the digestion. Gelatin is a colloidal substance that attracts proper digestive action into the meal that it is consumed with.)
3. Macro minerals: Contains highly absorbable forms of the calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur and fluoride as well as (very critical) trace minerals. (Bone broth also increases the assimilation of minerals.)
4. Gelatin and Collagen: rich in both; promoting bone and joint healing in addition to supporting digestion. The gelatin assists in neutralizing any intestinal pathogens. It also helps slow and stop diarrhea.
5. Protein: Adds easily digestible protein to your diet.
6. Amino acids: Glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and lysine are formed, which is important to detoxification and amino acid production in the body. (Glycine aids in liver detoxification.)
7. Joint support: Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid are produced and present for additional muscle and joint support. (These three are components of cartilage and have been supplied in traditional diets by gristle and bone broths.)
8. Immune system: Promotes the assimilation of vitamins and minerals and thus supports the immune system.
9. Delicious and nutritious: use as soup, cooking liquid, sauce or as a tea.
10. Synergy: Finally by initially healing the GI tract, broth creates an environment for all of the nutrients being taken in, whether by food or supplementation, to increase their bio-availability to your body.
11. Bone broth supports the health of skin, hair, nails and ligaments.
12. The liquid marrow includes stem cells that help rebuild the blood. -
"The marrow extracted from the bones also boosts immunity. White blood cells, the cells in our bodies that control our immunity and handle infections, are made in the bone marrow. While cells usually break down during cooking, all of their components are still there and help our bodies build new white blood cells. ... red marrow is an important source of nutritional and immune support factors .... It contains myeloid stem cells which are the precursors to red blood cells, and lymphoid stem cells, the precursors to white blood cells and platelets. ..."[1-E]
13. Those cultures that have included bones and/or bone broth have lived the longest and the healthiest.
Chef Lance offers several articles[1-F]
"... collagen .... is what gives bones their strength in a certain way.
You can see a demonstration of this by bending chicken bones after they have boiled a couple of hours or so. If they are still hard to break, and they snap when they break, then they haven't boiled long enough. If they bend easily and kinda splinter apart, then they have boiled long enough.
What has happened is that the collagen has been completely cooked out of them. They have lost the ingredient in them that holds the calcium together, the collagen.
Now the collagen is in the broth and ready to be consumed. This is really amazing stuff that can help heal new and old injuries. Not only that, but it tastes really good and can be used in many different recipes.
So, don't just throw those chicken bones away anymore, put them in the freezer and make some incredibly nutritious and tasty stock with them later. It is important to find good recipe and the right technique -- you don't want to boil the bones too hard or your stock will be brown instead of a beautiful and appetizing golden color, and a few added vegetables adds more flavor and nutrients."
A very low simmer is essential for getting and holding gelatin in the broth. Too high a simmer will destroy the collagen which will not allow gelatin to form. Also a very low simmer will minimize the production of MSG in the broth.
"... I recently had a revelatory moment when I realized how incredibly easy and double tasking it was to make homemade soup stock by starting with the leftover carcass from a roast chicken. Now my chickens have two lives. First, they are roasted to perfection in the oven and served as a nourishing main dish. Then, their bones are used to make a perfect stock.
But the bones are not the only important and part of the carcass, the cartilage is also key. In fact, during the slow simmering process, it is the chicken cartilage, that flexible and plastic-like white stuff along the breast bone and in the joints, which becomes part of the broth. This process is the primary factor in whether the stock will set up or not. Adding a few chicken feet to the pot will also produce a more gelatinous stock.
Good thick chicken stock is full of cartilage-building proteins and amino acids we all need. Commercial chicken stock, even organic, is just no replacement."[1-G]
"... why did grandma's chicken noodle soup heal kids .... because, the chicken stock was actually made from real bones, being boiled for hours on the stove, breaking them down and getting the marrow out to heal the immune system! ..."[1-H]
More "Benefits of Bone Broth" -
I have just checked my nails for strength and they are absolutely stronger now than I have known them! The reason is I have been consistently drinking a ladle full (or two three) of the best bone broth in my area that just happens to be made by yours truly! I am most blessed to have an excellent source of local grass-fed bones by way of Hani's Mideast Market in San Diego.
"... from see-through broths to chunky chowders, soup is a superior delivery service for the breathe-easy nutrients that restore the integrity of the respiratory system (lungs, sinuses, throat). All soups help thin the mucus in the bronchial tube, but some are especially formulated to ease or even reverse a cold by supplying the key nutrients that help mobilize the killer white blood cells that a virus depresses or incapacitates. In each bowl, you get vitamin C (plus bio-flavonoids), which can reduce cold symptoms up to 30 percent; vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, to strengthen and safeguard the mucous membrane; zinc, which directly attacks the rhino-viruses in the tissues of the throat and the mouth; amino acids, which provide protein for healing; and allium, the sulphurous detoxifying compound found in garlic and onions.
What’s the dosage for these soups when you’re sick? It’s up to you. Depending on the stability of your stomach, try ... three or more mugs or glasses ..."[1-I]
Lately I've been greatly enjoying up to about six cups of chicken bone broth everyday!
"Bone broths support the adrenals, bones and teeth. They also provide your body with easy-to-assimilate minerals and amino acids, and even clinical studies support the healing power of old-fashioned broth." Plus recipes (and links for the "clinical studies")[1-J]
"Your Bones! - Got Elasticity?
Osteoporosis And The Calcium Myth by Dr. Dale Jacobson DC"[1-K]
Chef Lance says there is no gelatin in the packaged broth you can find on the market shelves.
Make or get some real traditional bone broth and enjoy a cup a day!
Hear an audio interview with Chef Lance[1-L]
Another excellent site with a video interview (that might not last long)[1-M]
And Now: "The Book"!!![1-N]
"Nourishing Broth also explores the science behind broth's unique combination of amino acids, minerals and cartilage compounds. Some of the benefits of such broth are:
Quick recovery from illness and surgery,
Healing of pain and inflammation,
Increased energy from better digestion,
Lessening of allergies,
Recovery from gastrointestinal disease,
Decreasing the cravings which make most diets fail."
Sally Fallon Morell -
"... In the book, we talked about all the components of broth – the special amino acids, all the components of cartilage that your body uses to build cartilage in the body. All these are there in broth that you make yourself with bones.
... when you eat soup, you probably don’t want that chocolate cake. Broth is so satisfying. And one of the things broth can do is raise dopamine, make you feel good. That’s what chocolate does also, but broth is a much more nutritious way of doing that."
March 27, 2015 -
"Green Drinks" have now become part of the product line in conventional food markets however my version of the "green drink" is to add bone broth to it! All the fat-soluble vitamins, protein and/or minerals that may be in the greens of those drinks is only potentially nourishing as the assimilation of the fat-solubile vitamins and the mineral nutrients is dependent upon the activators that are in healthy fats. There is also a satiety factor that is biochemically activated with the healthy fat and that will elevate satisfaction beyond description! Try it for yourself. I add a cup of broth to three cups of super-foods green drink that also has a cup of kombucha! Although I'm not on a "diet" this drink could be an option as a meal replacement.
April 13, 2015 -
I can't get over how satisfying I find adding broth in a drink! I realize that words can only go so far. I have begun to sing my praises!
Just found this site where another chef knows his bones. His page speaks poetically:
"Whenever we cook, McGee writes, we become practical chemists, drawing on the accumulated knowledge of generations, and transforming what the Earth offers us into more concentrated forms of pleasure and nourishment ...
When I’m in the kitchen pancetta, duck fat, onion, celery, garlic, tomatoes begin a gavotte welcoming kale, summer squash, green pepper or any number of flora and fauna into my pan; however, always in a pot in the back bubbles the stock–true alchemical exercise in the search for the one in all, perfection of taste. On my black-granite counter stands The Professional Chef from the Culinary Institute of America. Chapter 12 has become my 'Emerald Tablet.'
Stocks are among the most basic preparations found in any professional kitchen. In fact, they are referred to in French as fonds de cuisine, the 'foundations of cooking.' A stock is a flavorful liquid prepared by simmering meaty bones from meat or poultry, seafood, and /or vegetables in water with aromatics until their flavor, aroma, color, body, and nutritive value are extracted.
The vocabulary of stock entices: meat or poultry stock, fish stock, fish fumet, vegetable stock, mirepoix, sachet, bouquet garni, remouillage, glade, court bouillon. What magic will happen today?"[1-P]
April 24th, 2015 -
If you are taking calcium for your bones then did you know you also need K2?:
I'd recommend bone broth (and possibly with the addition of dark leafy greens)! According to Dr. Tom Cowan “many foods contain calcium, but there are actually only two food types that supply an abundance of calcium in a form the body can easily absorb – raw dairy and bone broths.”:
"The Fourfold Path to Healing"
July 3, 2015 -
When stock was born -
"This simmering process is what yields the viscous by-product we call gelatin (taken from the Latin gelatus, meaning 'frozen' or 'stiff'). Offering a thick, rich, and satisfying quality, gelatin eventually became an important foundation to the cuisine of many nations."
"Chicken stock and bone broth remains one of the world’s cheapest flu and cold remedies, with pieces such as chicken feet being a favorite ingredient for maximum gelatinousness."
July 4th, 2015 -
"Finding the right stock bones:
It is especially important to find stock bones from humanely raised healthy animals. This would include 100 percent grass-fed cows, bison, lamb and organic poultry bones. Wild game like deer and antelope are fantastic as well.
Conventionally raised animals that are fed a diet of genetically modified grains loaded with pesticides and herbicides and other chemicals and heavy metals should never be used. The body naturally stores many toxins in the fatty portions of the bone and that is what you are consuming in the bone broth.
It is best to know the farm and farmer where you are getting your stock bones. The more grass and green foods the animals eat the more rich the nutritional value of the meat and bone contents. Beef can and should be 100 percent green-fed while poultry should have lots of pasture in their diet although they will also need seeds, worms, insects, etc."
September 24th -
Today is my birthday! Happy birthday to me!! ; ~ )
In addition to the honored place of highest regards that bone stock/broth has within many different worlds of both international cuisines and nourishing traditions there are also many wise dietary traditions of preparation for young men and especially women to conceive children, have healthy pregnancies and easy childbirth. Do you know what the most important foods are in this regards? Verify what you know and learn what you don' know here:
Cheers to (and with a healthy mug of) Bone Broth!
"The Fourfold Path to Healing":
Dr. Mercola -
Additional Recipes Using Bone Broth ~
plus additional Bone Broth Links & Resources:
"My approach to broth is simple and minimalist.":
Bone Broth Latte - Breakfast in a mug!
- from Hailey Riczek:
Bones, Broth, Bliss - Bone Broth Evolves From Prehistoric Food to Paleo Drink - The New York Times:
"How Bone Broth Became Kobe Bryant's Stoneage Weapon" ...
"Bone broths have been a staple in Asian food cultures for thousands of years, ... They are considered medicinal, rich with minerals, boosting the immune system, enriching blood and supporting the kidneys. Bone broths (made of chicken, beef, pork or fish bones, for example) are prescribed in Chinese medicine":
Wilted Greens and Poached Eggs in Bone Broth:
10 Ways to Enjoy Broth Every Day:
Cook Pasta in it.
Cook Rice in it.
Use it as a base for favorite soups.
Sip a mug with your meal (aids digestion and the feeling of satiation).
In place of water to dilute baby’s pureed veggies.
To moisten and add flavor to mashed potatoes.
In white or cheese sauces if you run out of milk.
Make your own 'Cream of…' Soup.
Dehydrate it to make your own bullion.
Freeze it in ice cube trays and add just a few to your breakfast smoothie for days when it’s too hot for hot dishes.:
Chicken soup has been used to treat respiratory tract disorders, asthma and facial pain among other ailments.:
Seolleongtang - a Korean broth soup made from ox bones:
"Japan’s long-preferred cooking base of choice, called dashi, most commonly uses the carcasses and heads of fish, which contribute essential minerals such as iodine to the mix. Niboshi dashi, for example, is made from soaking small dried sardines in water, and is often the gelatinous base for miso soup, helping to naturally create that oh-so-elusive umami taste.
Historical references show that the Japanese have been boiling fish heads and using the resulting product to flavor their dishes for centuries.":
Japanese tonkotsu "has a thick broth made from boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for many hours, which suffuses the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency that rivals milk, melted butter or gravy":
"In France, there are strict separations among stocks — light veal, dark veal, raw chicken, roasted chicken — but all of them are ideally of a perfect clarity, clear enough to read the date on a coin at the bottom of the pot, according to French tradition.":
"Africans customarily cook calves feet to make broth for soups and stews. Often dried fish and shrimp are added to these stews, along with meat, peanuts and vegetables. Pieces of gristly calves foot go into the pot along with everything else and are eaten with relish. American are just beginning to discover the health benefits of beef cartilage; African have enjoyed such benefits for centuries." -
Out Of Africa: What Dr Price And Burkitt Discovered In Their Studies Of Saharan Tribes
By Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD
Also read Broth: "A Food That Heals" at:
Time to "Invest in Stock":
"Gelatin Is Blowing My Mind":
You may like this site as well (although I don't know about the marshmallows).
Video on making gelatin-rich bone broth:
and another video:
Traditional Foods Free Broth+Soup Course:
All the above is in stark contrast to canned soups!:
"When you buy soup or bouillon cubes or powdered soup or canned soup or whatever, there’s no broth in there. They are using flavorings to give you the taste of broth, but there’s none of the health benefits there. In fact, there could be some health detriments if you are sensitive to MSG and a lot of these flavorings." - Sally Fallon Morell
July 22, 2015 -
There are many identical or at least very compatible dietary perspectives that are shared between the Weston A. Price Foundation and the current Paleo perspective including that of bone broth.
"Bone broths are consistent with Paleo philosophy including bone, cartilage, gelatin, marrow, ligaments, and tendons for valuable elastin, collagen proteins, myeloid and lymphoid stem cells, amino acids glycine and proline, and minerals"
September 17th -
Over the recent months I've been very well nourished with a number of satisfying drinks (that do not require a blender)! My very favorite of these includes about three cups of bone broth which I add to several cups of a nourishing herbal tea I make plus one and a half cups of homemade kombucha (after the tea and bone broth cools down to less than 110 degrees). This drink is essentially my daily breakfast. Chef Lance also recommends bone broth for breakfast!
Sept. 21st -
The following comes from Chef Lance! -
“We were first introduced to the health tonic by a Teen Vogue fave (and former cover star) Shailene Woodley, who swears by the stuff. 'Bone broth is everything,' Shailene said in a recent interview with MTV.”
Read about it here:
and hear her sing its praises at 2:04 of this Late Night with Seth Meyers clip:
“It's wonderful. My favorite is mixed with coconut oil.”
November 28th -
"...bone broth is such an effective tool when recovering from cancer treatments."
May 31st, 2016 -
Bone Broth, Ghee and Dr. Cowan's Garden Vegetable Powders!:
"Bone broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans (the most famous of which is glucosamine), substances that protect and heal joints, tendons, ligaments and arteries. In addition, the collagen in bone broth supports beautiful skin, nails and hair.
The gelatin in bone broth heals the gut;
Bone broth is a great source of the amino acid glycine, which helps detoxify our bodies;
Ghee (use grass-fed ghee ...) is a great source of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids;
Ghee also contains high levels of Vitamins A, E and D;
The butyric acid in ghee helps reduce gut inflammation ... "
Plus read all about "Dr. Cowan's Garden" extraordinary vegetable powders!
[1-A] Why "Broth is Beautiful"!:
 Chapter 12 is "Stocks".
The "fonds de cuisine" apply to other cultures in addition to French. Consider the Japanese cuisine:
"It is not for nothing that virtually all traditional cuisines included bone broth as the centerpiece of their cooking." Dr. Tom Cowan, author: "The Fourfold Path to Healing" (See Links)
 I had previously noted that bone stocks are the preeminent culinary cornerstone throughout the history of traditional foods. Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, Jessica Prentice and others concur about this. On July 3, 2015 I realized that the "search term" phrase to use is: "fonds de cuisine":
The above blog post includes mention of French physicist Denis Papin who invented a high-pressure cooker in 1679 for extracting fats from bones.:
Glycine is needed for the synthesis of glutathione – a crucial liver detoxifying agent:
"The most commonly used food additive worldwide (sodium benzoate) must get detoxified … by getting linked up with glycine, or 'glycinated'. Another commonly encountered substance that requires glycination is asprin. Chemically known as acetylsalicylic acid, asprin belongs to the salicylate family of molecules, and the entire famly must be detoxified in the liver using glycine and the glycination process.":
Also: "Glycine is one of the few amino acids that helps spare glucose for energy by improving glycogen storage. It is important in brain metabolism, where it has a calming effect. Glycine is a simple amino acid needed for the synthesis of the hemoglobin molecule, collagen, and glutathione. It can also be converted to cre-atine, which is utilized to make DNA and RNA. Glycine is useful in healing wounds (orally or in a cream) and treating manic psychological states or problems of muscle spasticity. When the blood fats or uric acid levels are high, it helps to clear or utilize these substances. Glycine may also be helpful in reducing gastric acidity":
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040493_bone_broth_immune_health_nutrients.html#ixzz3ey2NfsKx
 "Its function in the body is, amongst other things, to bind water and to lubricate movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. ... Hyaluronic Acid ... has a half-life (the time it takes for the molecule to get broken down and excreted from the body) of less than 3 days and possibly even as little as one day in the skin. For this reason, it is imperative that the body continually replenish itself with HA. " Good reason to include bone broth (in one form or another) as a daily part of the diet!
Also - Natural Sources of Hyaluronic Acid:
"The best source of hyaluronic acid is seaweeds, in particular kelp, although ... sweet potato, avocado and mango are other good sources. Hyaluronic acid is commonly found in animal cartilage, so chicken wings and fish soup would be good animal sources.":
Get and cook the whole chicken! Add kelp to your bone-broths and soups.
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