The benefits of bone broth have been observed, documented and prescribed across time, space and culture for its powerful healing properties. Today, our culture is rediscovering its many benefits and making it easier to access than ever before through high quality packaged broths and powders, neutral in taste paired with powerful impact.
In my practice, I recommend bone broth or gelatin, an extraction of the collagen that comes from bone broth, as a way to support the body and its many functions with a vast array of vital nutrients and amino acids, particularly glycine. These vital nutrients have been found to improve mental health and sleep quality, modulate the immune system, repair and balance the gut, aid in detoxification, support neuroendocrine function, reduce cravings, up metabolism and strengthen our hair, skin, nails and other tissues. Pretty amazing, right? I think so.
Homemade Bone Broth
If you love to cook and would rather make your own bone broth from scratch, simply follow the recipe below. If not, you can always use one of these bases, made by Kettle & Fire.
- Ingredients: 4 quarts of water, 2 lbs. of bones , 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp. of sea salt + your favorite seasonings
- Instructions: Once you have all of the ingredients ready, simply place all of them into a 6 quart slow cooker and set the heat to high. Bring the stock to a boil, and then reduce the setting to low. Then, allow the stock to cook for 8-48 hours. Feel free to season it however you would like, there are so many wonderful recipes online.
Easy To Use Product Recommendations
For everyone else, including the majority of my patients, I recommend the powder form to ensure a high, therapeutic dosage and regular intake. Luckily for us, there are now many incredible forms on the market. Below are of my favorite.
Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate (Beef): This collagen form dissolves perfectly in cold and room temperature water. Many of my patients use 2 tbsp, 2 times a day.
Great Lakes Gelatin (Porcine): This gelatin form dissolves well in warm water. Many of patients use the “red bottle” to also make gummy bears and jello, while others choose this type for religious reasons.
Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein (Chicken): I recently discovered this brand and love the variety of flavors available. I haven’t tried all of them, but I am assuming the vanilla or chocolate flavor may be a perfect addition to your favorite smoothie recipe!
Vital Proteins Marine Collagen (Snapper): I have yet to try or recommend the marine collagen but right away I find it interesting and see it as a great way to diversify.
As always, I hope you find these recommendations helpful. Just remember to stay intuitive as you explore the many options available to you.
I have found, personally and professionally, that these recommendations are most helpful when you have a solid foundation in place. For more information, a tried and true springboard and a variety of healing tools like this, check out the Let Go & Grow program, where we can dive into this journey together!