The MANY benefits of making chicken stock / bone broth:
1) Nourish and heal your gut – slow cooked bone broth is rich in many different nutrients that help support the repair of the gut lining. This includes L-glutamine, gelatine, collagen and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. A lovely warm and soothing way to start the day.
2) Boost the immune system – its no coincidence that bone broth is often served up when we’re feeling poorly. Research has shown that it can help to reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract and that it also boosts white blood cell activity.
3) Support joint health – bone broth is a rich source of amino acids, the building blocks which our body needs to repair our joints and cartilage. It is also a natural food source of the joint-supporting nutrients glucosamine and condroitin.
4) Get glowing, youthful skin – our skin, hair and nails all depend upon a regular supply of amino acids for growth and repair. Collagen is particularly helpful for maintaining elasticity and reducing wrinkles.
5) Waste nothing in the kitchen – Keep left over bones and vegetable scraps from meals cooked through the week in the freezer and then when you’ve got enough, put them all in a pot to simmer lightly for 12-24 hours. Ask your local butcher to save organic chicken carcasses or beef bones for you.
6) A flavour boost – Homemade bone broth is a great base for casseroles, soups and sauces – much more flavour than a shop-bought stock or powder.