Feel Better Bone Broth

 
chicken bone broth recipe

Ancient remedy back by modern science

The Science behing chicken soup

In recent times, scientists have learned more about the specific components within a traditionally-made bone broth (brodo in italian) that make you both function better and get better quickly when sick.  This is my Scottish-Italian family brodo (broth) - a great base for soups, sauces, risotto, stews & more.  It’s particularly nourishing for our immunity in winter, improves digestion by protecting the integrity of the gut mucosa & cultivates good joint health & skin texture. Natural antiseptics, herbs Rosemary & bay show biological bioactivities that help resist infection. High in various phytochemicals that are gently stimulating to the immune system & keep unruly inflammation in check.  Brodo provides a generous amount of minerals, but the gelatine & other protein-rich collagenous parts of the carcass produce a highly absorbable form of protein without the bulk of a meat-heavy meal.  It contains the valuable building blocks for our bodies to make Glutathione - a highly important antioxidant that acts upstream of other antioxidants such as vitamin C & E.  Glutathione is a key mediator in quenching inflammation & reducing the ageing toll it takes on our bodies, it supports liver function & is even used clinically as an antidote to overdose. It triggers release of the neurotransmitter GABA which inhibits nerve transmission in the brain, having a calming effect on the body.  Although we produce glutathione naturally, increased stress & poor diet depletes our body’s stores.  Supplemental glutathione is ineffective in their currently available formulations & the only proven way to support your need is through adequate intake of key building blocks for glutathione (the amino acids glycine, cysteine & glutamic acid) - all found enriched in bone broth.  This unique profile is rare in other foods. These also have additional immune benefits to the body: Cysteine helps helps break down mucus in your lungs & Carnosine acts directly on inflammatory cells called neutrophils to calm their toxic effects as they fight infections. 


The Ingredients

  • Two large sprigs of rosemary

  • A handful of Bay leaves

  • A generous seasoning of high mineral salt & pepper

  • Whole chicken carcass including meaty & collagenous parts

  • Equivalent volume of water to the ingredients

The Instructions

You can pick up fresh chicken stock in many supermarkets these days but if you have a slow cooker then making your own the traditional is quite easy, all you need is fire & time.  Non-meat eaters – create a boneless version using wild seaweeds such as dulse & wake, functional mushrooms such as shiitake & season with a mineral rich sea salt & generous amount of black pepper.

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200oC.

  2. Roast bones in the oven for 20 minutes.

  3. Add bones, herbs & seasoning to the pot & fill with an equal weight of water.

  4. Simmer slowly for up to 24 hours to extract the most nutrients and flavour from each ingredient.

  5. Once cooled, skim fats & impurities that float to the surface then use or store in the fridge or freezer.


The Science

In recent times, scientists have learned more about the specific components within a well-made bone broth that make your body function better.  This broth is a great base for soups, sauces, risotto, stews & more.  It’s particularly nourishing for our immunity in winter, improves digestion by protecting the integrity of the gut mucosa & cultivates good joint health & skin texture. Natural antiseptics, herbs Rosemary & bay show biological bioactivities that help resist infection. High in various phytochemicals that are gently stimulating to the immune system & keep unruly inflammation in check. 

Bone broth provides a generous amount of minerals, but the gelatine & other protein-rich collagenous parts of the carcass produce a highly absorbable form of protein without the bulk of a meat-heavy meal.  It contains the valuable building blocks for our bodies to make Glutathione - a highly important antioxidant that acts upstream of other antioxidants such as vitamin C & E.  Glutathione is a key mediator in quenching inflammation & reducing the ageing toll it takes on our bodies, it supports liver function & is even used clinically as an antidote to overdose. It triggers release of the neurotransmitter GABA which inhibits nerve transmission in the brain, having a calming effect on the body. 

Although we produce glutathione naturally, increased stress & poor diet depletes our body’s stores.  Supplemental glutathione is ineffective in their currently available formulations & the only proven way to support your need is through adequate intake of key building blocks for glutathione (the amino acids glycine, cysteine & glutamic acid) - all found enriched in bone broth.  This unique profile is rare in other foods. These also have additional immune benefits to the body: Cysteine helps helps break down mucus in your lungs & Carnosine acts directly on inflammatory cells called neutrophils to calm their toxic effects as they fight infections.