Bone broth has garnered a new craze as a superfood by many paleo diet followers all over the world. Nutritionists say that bone broth is nutrient-dense, excellent therapeutic food to treat inflammation, leaky gut and associated conditions. It’s quite rare that one food can provide so many benefits but bone broth is nothing short of the nutrients required to work its magic on our bodies and speed up the healing process. This is the main reason why we should include this super functional drink in our AIP diet. For people with autoimmune diseases, bone broth can do wonders by replenishing the body with all the nutrients it requires to help reverse autoimmune disease and rebuild health.
What is bone broth?
Bone broth is a liquid made from bones and tissues of animals, like beef, chicken, fish, and lamb but largely from beef. Bone broth is a nutrient-dense, super delicious, easy to digest flavorful drink that helps control autoimmune diseases. Our ancestors made use of every part of the animal-like bone marrow, skin, feet, tendons and ligaments which is how bone broth came to be. It is made when these parts of the animal are boiled and then simmered for over a period of time usually 1-2 days to allow the nutrients to seep into the water. The main purpose of simmering the stock for longer duration is to allow the bones, ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen that has the power to boost and transform our health.
Bone broth contains numerous beneficial nutrients such as calcium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, magnesium, silicon, sulfur, selenium, collagen, essential amino acids, fatty acids, and many more trace minerals. It also has much-needed co-factors to support digestion, absorption, metabolism, and other biochemical functions. This is why it is a good option for those living the autoimmune protocol diet.
How to prepare bone broth?
Ingredients you need:
Marrow bones: select only the organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised animal bones such as joints, beef knuckles, etc
Vegetables: Use carrot, onions, asparagus, celery, or any other vegetables for flavor
Spices: Crushed peppercorns, bay leaf, garlic (for Aroma)
Vinegar: 1-2tbsp (to help dematerialize bones and allow minerals seep into the water)
Procedure: Place bones, vegetables in a soup pot covered with water until the bones immerse and add in the vinegar. Bring to boil, cover, reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for over 24-72 hours for beef bones. Once complete, strain the broth and refrigerate. You can store in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days, or freeze up to 6 months.
Benefits of Bone broth:
- A most economical natural superfood that everyone can make and consume
- Treats leaky gut syndrome
- Supports the immune system
- Treats inflammatory disorders
- Aids in metabolism
- Treats digestive disorders
- Excellent source of glutathione (a powerful antioxidant that regulates gene expressions, DNA, protein synthesis, immune response, and other vital functions)
- The collagen and gelatin from bone broth help in tissue repair and formation of new connective tissue
- Excellent remedy for joint disorders (Arthritis, Osteoporosis, etc)
- Improves brain health
- Promotes detoxification
- Supports weight loss
- With Bone broth, you can have stronger bones
- Healthy skin, hair, and nails
Bottom line: A cup of bone broth every day in your AIP diet can benefit you greatly. If you want to cut the process down instantly, you can try our Paleo Perfection AIP compliant protein powders that contain bone broth. It is great when you are in a pinch and don’t have the time to cook.