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The Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth!

There are a few things I am regularly surprised by: one is acupuncture, and another is the difference that bone broth can make in strengthening patients. I can have a patient come in for months, be exceptionally sensitive to needles, and have only some relief for a few hours to days. And then they finally find a way to consume a cup of bone broth a day. (I say “finally” as there can be a lot to figure out and bring into your weekly routine!) After just a week of bone broth, when they come in, needling is so much easier! Their tissues suddenly feel much more soft and supple, and they respond well and immediately to the needles. The treatments bring much more relief- and the relief lasts! So how does bone broth do this?

Contains all the basic building blocks for repairing tissues in your body:
-Amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, all are available and ready for easy absorption
-Minerals: and not just calcium & magnesium, but all the trace minerals needed for bones, nervous system, and every muscle, tendon, tissue, and organ in the body!
-Glucosamine & chondroitin: did you use knuckles or joints to make the bone broth with? Then you are getting some great building blocks for cartilage. Knees & disks say “Yes please!”
-Collagen: perhaps the single most important ingredient in bone broth for helping promote healing, collagen makes up the connective tissues in your body and is what helps give your body elasticity, flexibility, and strength.

Helps heal and seal your gut lining, and promotes healthy digestion: The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion. Bone broth is an essential part of the diet for helping to heal inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn’s disease.

Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu virus, etc: a study published over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, mitigating infections.

Reduces joint pain and inflammation thanks to glucosamine & chondroitin. Glucosamine reduces inflammation- everything from tennis elbow to autoimmune diseases. Amino acids like glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects, too.

Calming effects, improved mood, & better sleep: amino acids are also building blocks for neurotransmitters. For instance, glycine can have calming effects, which may improve sleep. Amino acids can provide great improvement in various mood disorders.

Promotes strong, healthy bones: all those minerals & collagen- bones say “Yes!”
Promotes healthy hair and nail growth: your body will love all that collagen (gelatin)
Promotes healthy connective tissues such as fascia, tendons, & ligaments


Can I use powdered bone broth?
No, not really. I have not noticed improvement in patients taking bone broth powder. However, I do notice a positive difference in patients using collagen powder! It’s not as good as real bone broth, but it’s a great 2nd, especially if you eat Pho occasionally.

Can I just go have Pho instead? Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) is made with bone broth and is way to get your dose! You can ask how long the kitchen cooks the bones, where they get their bones from, and if they add sugar or MSG to their broth (many places do). I highly recommend you get Pho with tendon. It is actually exceptionally tender and delicious, and just the right prescription for any joint pain or disk disorder (or inflammation of any kind). Glucosamine! Yay!

Is there a vegetarian alternative? For that, I have another handout- just ask.

Can I buy bone broth in the store? Yes, but the flavor tends to be much better when you make it at home. Also, you can control the quality of bone broth when you make it. However, you can do what you can do! Any new step in a daily routine is a challenge- keep it simple.

Does it matter which bones I use? Most importantly, try to use high quality bones, such as grass-fed. The difference in quality and flavor of broth is significant!
Here is a quick guide:
-Sensitive digestion (or breaking from vegetarian diet)?: start with chicken bones
-Extremely thin & dry, or a mother suffering from insufficient lactation?: pork bones
-Easily cold, easily catch colds, weak?: lamb bones (only if you can digest it- work up to it)
-For lots of minerals, collagen, amino acids, and collagen: big beef bones
-The best of the best: wild elk or deer bones, or even bear bones (bear bones bring some serious strength to nails & loads of hair growth!). Some caution though: avoid the bones of animal packs suffering from illnesses, such as deer with lyme disease. Hunters can be aware of these things.

Can I use bones from a roast, such as a roast chicken or leg-of-lamb?
Absolutely! Yum! The flavor will be great. You can also save bones in the freezer until you have enough.

What is a simple recipe I can try?
InstantPot- 4 hours or CrockPot- 48 hours. Roast bones on pan in oven at 425 degrees F for 30 min (great for flavor!). Put in InstantPot or CrockPot, can add whole garlic cloves & quartered onions, 1-2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (to help break down bones), cover with water & cook. That’s it! Can add spices like Worcestershire sauce or tarragon after cooking.

Bone Broth Instructions

See our other post about the great benefits of bone broth!
Here are the Instructions:

Choosing the right bones!!!
In order to get the best nutrients from your broth, choosing the right bones is important. Remember the purpose of adding broth to your diet is to get all of the nutrients from the bones. This means organic bones are really important. If you buy bones that are not organic it is likely that you will also be getting an array of hormones, antibiotics and pesticide in your broth. These can be toxic to your body, and it is important to avoid them where you can. We suggest looking at your local farmer’s market first; if markets are closed New Season’s sometimes carries bones.
Red meat marrow bones are the best and most nutrient-rich. It is good to get joint bones if you have joint pain. All the nutrients your joints need are available in the joints of other animals.

How to cook bone broth:
Cooking bones long enough to get the nutrient from the bones is crucial. We suggest roasting bones at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes before starting the broth. This will create a better tasting broth.
Slow Cooker: Add enough water to fully cover all bones (using more water is OK to make more broth). Cook in a slow cooker for about three days adding more water as it cooks down. After 2 days of cooking you can strain the broth, add more hot water and cook down again. At the end of the third day ensure bones are starting to fall apart. Strain broth and combine with the first strained batch.
Pressure Cooker: Add enough water to fully cover the bones. Adding more water will produce more broth. Pressure cook for 4-6 hours.

What do I do with all this broth?
Rather than cooking rice in water, rinse your rice and cook it in bone broth
Use it as a base for soup
Drink this yummy broth by itself

Bone broth stays good in a refrigerator for up to three days. If you are not going to use your broth within three days please freeze your broth. We suggest storing broth in freezer-safe Mason Jars.

Yummy things to add to spice it up a bit
Adding digestive herbs while cooking broth will help to aide in digestion and increase metabolic function in the body
Digestive Herbs:
Ginger, Garlic, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Shallots, Onion, Citrus Peel
After cooking:
Add salt, pepper and hot chili paste to taste

Immune Support for COVID-19 Prevention

There is still lots we don’t know about the spread of COVID-19. What we do know that is universal to all viruses though, is the importance of keeping our immune system strong and healthy do we can effectively fight off the virus if we are exposed.

We recommend the following steps to help build your immune system:

*Manage stress: Stress is one of the major factors in reduced immune function. Getting plenty of sleep, meditation, acupuncture and a variety of calming herbs (like chamomile) are great ways to help reduce stress.

*Daily vitamin recommendations to help improve immune response and reduce symptoms of the coronavirus are as follows (doses listed are for adults):
1,000-2,000 mg of Vitamin C,
5,000-10,000 IU of Vitamin D3,
15-25 mg of Zinc and
100-200 mcg of selenium.

*Western herbal preparations like Fire Cider (garlic, onions, ginger & hot peppers soaked in vinegar
with honey) can help support the immune system. Medicinal mushrooms are especially immune boosting, as is widely available Echinacea root and Elderberry extracts. Amounts are important, a common mistake is not taking enough of immune boosting preparations. Check labels or ask an herbalist about dosage.

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.