All the leaves are ablaze with the colours of autumn and the season of mists and mushrooms is here once again. It’s time to wrap up warm and treat yourself to a super bowl of piping hot soup. The great thing about soup is how easy it is to turn it into a wonderful super food for your skin when the base of the soups is a good quality bone broth.
Bone broth is a wonderful traditional cure for so many ailments and it’s hardly surprising. Good quality bone broth includes so much good stuff:
- Essential amino acids
- Collagen, gelatine
- Healthy fats
This super food is without doubt one of the best ingredients for enhancing your skin’s appearance and what’s more it’s incredibly cheap to make. Many butchers are more than happy to give the bones away or charge you just pennies for a bag of them.
As well as enhancing your skin’s appearance, bone broth is renowned for:
- Strengthening your immune system
- Reducing chronic low grade inflammation
- Promoting overall healing
- Improving your muscular skeletal health
- Enhancing your liver and cardiovascular systems
Do not however be fooled. These truly wonderful benefits cannot be found in a stock cube from your supermarket shelves. To enjoy the real benefits of a good broth, it’s best to cook it up yourself using the bones of good quality grass fed organic animals.
Brewing up a pot of broth will take several hours, but apart from topping the pan up from time to time, it can go on in the background while you’re getting on with the rest of your day. A key ingredient for getting the very best out of your bones is to add a little apple cider to provide the acidic agent to help with the calcium and mineral extraction. If you’d like a couple of my favourite recipes you can find them here and here. And here’s the recipe for my Beautiful Beneficial Bone Broth:
Preparation time: none
Cooking time: 6 hrs or more if you can
- 2kg of chopped organic bones from a grass fed cows or lambs
- 1 tbs organic apple cider vinegar
- 6 bay leaves
- 1 tbs black peppercorns
- Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and cover with water.
- Bring to the boil and then simmer for several hours.
- Once cooked either use immediately or freeze until ready to use.