Are you, like so many others, on the never ending quest for the elusive "fountain of youth"?
Some women, and men, think that they've found it in toxic substances like Botox and Restylane.
But what if there really were a "fountain of youth" that could truly fight the effects of aging?
Even better, what if you could make it at home safely and use it any time you liked? All for pennies on the dollar compared to Botox and other expensive fillers, creams, and toxic potions?
Oh yeah...And without all of the harmful effects.
Well, there is such a beast!
You probably want to know what it is right?
It's Bone Broth! And in this post you're going to discover how this inexpensive, easy to make, superfood is going to be your go to for, not only looking younger, but feeling younger for years to come!
Bone broth is simply, the liquid obtained by simmering animal or fish bones for long periods of time.
It's like the stock you would use for soups and stews, except it is cooked for up to 48hrs. When it's done you can actually flatten the toughest of bones between your fingers.
All of the nutrition is extracted from the bones producing a gelatinous, and highly nutritious, and anti-aging liquid.
In terms of nutrition, and in particular anti-aging components, bone broth can't be beat!
The exact nutritional content will vary depending on the type of bone broth you make.
But in general it will add many kinds of youth enhancing properties to your diet like:
Is found in the joint fluids of mammals. People with arthritis and other inflammatory problems will take it to ease their pain and help with mobility. You can take it in a pill, and it may help but some, but natural sources like bone broth are best. Also, glucosamine is also being used to help with bladder health--Another common age related health problem.
Is found in the cartilage surrounding major joints. It also helps with arthritis and mobility issues. It has also been shown to help with osteoporosis, psoriasis, skin reddening and irritation, bladder health, and in lowering bad cholesterol. Often chondroitin is used in conjunction with glucosamine.
Calcium helps ward off osteoporosis and has also been shown to be helpful for osteoarthritis, weight loss, and balancing potassium levels in the blood to keep your heart and skin healthy.
Potassium is an essential mineral that plays a wide variety of roles in the body. The most important is that it is an electrolyte which helps maintain a regular heart rate. Potassium is effective in treating a wide range of skin conditions, including acne and allergic reactions. It is also effective for those who have arthritis or gout.
Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body after carbon, and makes up 1% of our entire body. Deficiency is rare, but phosphorus is vital to the health of bones and teeth. In addition, it has been shown to benefit muscles and even enhance athletic performance.
Magnesium is a common mineral in the body, found most particularly the bones. It is essential for heart health and is used to treat high blood pressure, arthritis and fibromyalgia as well. It is also important for brain health, especially in conjunction with zinc. Magnesium might not be absorbed that well due to changes in our digestive health as we age. Bone broth is extremely beneficial because its nutrients are easily absorbed.
Amino Acids (Glycine and Proline)
Amino acids are like small building blocks in the body that perform a range of functions. Glycine is a sweet-tasting amino acid important in forming collagen. Glycine keeps the nerves healthy and has been shown to aid with memory and help ward off cognitive decline and dementia. Glycine is also essential for the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Glycine is also an essential part of bile acids, which are used in our digestion to help break down the food we eat and get the most nutrition from it. It also stops muscles from degenerating and losing mass.
Proline is also a building block of collagen. It promotes healthy bones, skin, and cartilage. Amino acid mixtures and tissue-building formulas commonly contain this amino acid, which also promotes tissue repair following injury (especially burns) and after surgery. Proline should be consumed in conjunction with foods rich in Vitamin C, such as kiwi fruit and oranges. The C stimulates the production and health of collagen.
Collagen is a protein found in the connective tissue of vertebrate animals. Consuming bone broth can help you access collagen in a way that eating muscle meat from the animal can’t. Collagen is found in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen is an essential protein that helps to form the structure of our skin, keeping it firm and wrinkle-free.
Although not a "nutrient" bone marrow is one other important component of bone broth that has serious anti-aging properties. Bone marrow is rich in Vitamin A, which plays an important role in our immune system to help ward off disease. It contributes to healthy vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, and cell differentiation. The vitamin A in bone marrow therefore has cancer-fighting properties and helps keep both skin and bones healthy.
Bone broth truly is a superfood!
With continued use, bone broth (made with organic, free range grass fed animals or wild game) will promote your skins production of collagen, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, boost skin elasticity, and generally protect it from the signs of aging!
But that's not all:
It also reduces cellulite by improving the strength of connective tissue. Basically it's like putting on a pair of internal spanx.
And if that wasn't enough, it helps improve digestion, increases hair growth, remineralizes tooth enamel, improves allergies, helps wounds heal faster, increases immunity, and helps with brain function.
Wow! Why wouldn't you use it?
Plus, it does all of this without any nasty and harmful side effects!
You may not think you are a master chef, but you don’t have to be in order to enjoy the benefits of bone broth.
Just a bit of time and prep is all you need.
No special skills required! *And thank above for that, cuz I can't cook for sh!t*
So now you need to decide what you're going to do with the broth.
Are you going to use it for the base of delicious soups or stews, or are you going to drink it as is as a nutritional and beauty supplement?
Depending on the type of soup or stew you are aiming for, you can choose bones that will add just the right flavor. Poultry bone broth is the most versatile because it does not contain the same strong flavors as beef, lamb, pork, and fish, so it can be used in rice dishes, soups and even smoothies.
Bone broth is one of the best ways to eat healthfully and economically. All you need to start with are some bones, water, and a generous dash of vinegar. (More on vinegar in a moment.)
To make the healthiest, most anti-aging broth possible, you NEED to purchase only free range, grass fed, and organic poultry, beef, pork, and lamb. These animals will be free of antibiotics, growth hormones, GMO's, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides etc (from their feed), plus they will have lived a natural humane life. Or, alternatively you could use the bones of wild animals. If you're using fish it should be wild caught (never farmed), and preferably Pacific as opposed to Atlantic.
Most local farmer's markets sell the whole cut of meat, or if you choose, just the bones.
If you don't have a farmer's market near you, ButcherBox is one of the best places you can get what you need online. *Plus: if you click the above link, (affiliate) you'll get $10 off of your first order, and for a limited time--free bacon!
All you really need to make bone broth, therefore, is a large pot, some bones, and some water and organic apple cider vinegar.
"Why apple cider vinegar," you ask? It helps to leech the minerals from the bones, so you get as much goodness as possible. It also acts as preservative for the bone broth, to keep it fresher longer.
You want your finished product to be as gelatinous as possible. Basically, after the broth has cooled in the fridge, you want it to resemble soupy jello. However, if that doesn't happen, don't be alarmed, it's still highly nutritious and anti-aging.
To get a more jelly like broth you need to have a ratio of at least 1:1 of meaty bones to jointy bones. I'm pretty sure "jointy" isn't a word, but I couldn't think of anything better!
Jointy Bones: cartilage rich bones such as--chicken feet, wings, neck, oxtails, and cow knuckles.
Meaty Bones: have some meat on them (no kiddin') like--ribs, or marrow in them like the shank (leg).
A few more reasons why your broth might not gel could be: 1. you've put too much water in relation to bones. Ideally you want the bones to barely be covered by filtered water. Too much water and you'll dilute the broth. 2. You've boiled it too hard. You want the surface of the water to be barely moving (after the initial boil), otherwise you'll break down the proteins and end up with no gel.
Remember though, you really can't ruin bone broth. Even if it doesn't gel, it will still be super good for you!
"YOU REALLY CAN'T RUIN BONE BROTH. EVEN IF IT DOESN'T GEL, IT WILL STILL BE SUPER GOOD FOR YOU!"
1. Place the bones in the large stock pot. Fill with water until the bones are barely covered. Do not overfill the pot.
2. Add apple cider vinegar to pot, and let contents sit for 30 mins to an hour. (The vinegar helps the minerals in the bones become more available)
3. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer until done.
*If you don’t want to make the broth yourself, or cooking just isn't your thing, the next best thing is to order it from Kettle and Fire. They make it just like you would in your own home. *Maybe better—taste wise* Check them out!
So, when are you going to make your first batch?