Making Chicken Stock (Bone Broth)

boiling of chicken broth with seasoning vegetables in steel pan isolated on white background

You may recall the old wives tale your mother told you of how chicken soup is what you need when you are under the weather..

Well, there is some truth in this….

A study by researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center found that chicken soup prepared with lots of veggies mitigates some of the inflammation responsible for cold symptoms, like a runny nose and congestion. According to Jack Gwaltney Jr., MD, a professor emeritus of medicine at the Center for the Prevention of Disease and Injury at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he states that in order to get rid of common cold symptoms, you need to get rid of the inflammation that is causing them.

Not only that but bone broth is good for your gut for the following reasons:

  • Gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid in that it attracts and holds liquid, including digestive juices which aids sufficient digestion. It may also promote healthy hair and nail growth.
  • Chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine and other compounds extracted from the boiling down of bones may help with reducing joint pain and inflammation.
  • Amino Acids such as glycine, proline and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects. Glycine has a calming effect which may aid sleep. Arginine, for instance has been found to be beneficial for the treatment of sepsis. Arginine is converted in the body into a chemical called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow.
  • Finally, bone broth contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium which keep bones healthy.

Watch the video below for my recipe for chicken stock (bone broth) – you will need a pressure cooker for this recipe, however, if you do not have one you can boil the bones in a normal saucepan hob for 8 hours and this would have the same result (just cost a lot more in gas or electricity)

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