Benefits of Bone Broth.8:53 AM
bone broth with quinoa(based) pasta
For years (as in since she was a teen), my mom has been making bone broth soup; a recipe that's been passed down in my family for generations.
I always saw it as comfort food; she made it all the time but I only ate it when I was sick or it was rainy or cold and snowy. And there was always weird stuff in it; stuff that I chalked up to "strange chinese herb things" that frankly, I always thought were bullshit and a rip off since she would spend hundreds of dollars on all of the ingredients but little did I know that my mother was right on the money. Of course, we never realize these things until we're much older.
In this bone broth, my mom would toss in a whole chicken (bones, skin and all), these little red things (which I later found out were gogi berries), weird jelly-like things (jelly fish), yellowish jelly-like things (white fungus), beige stringy things (dried scallops), white tear-shaped things (almonds), ginseng, lotus root, shiitake mushrooms...basically nearly everything in this list.
The benefits of bone broth are vast (you can read more details about benefits here) but here's what made me rethink that maybe this isn't bullshit after all -- the state of my mom's skin and the state of my mom's friends' skin. I know, it's super vain but I'll be honest and admit that as I age, I'm very much aware of the aging process so if there's anything I can do to slow that shit down, I will definitely try it.
My mother and her friends are in their late 60s; some of them beyond 70 yet their skin looks 15-20 years younger. My mother has never worn sunscreen in her life but when I look at her skin, hardly a wrinkle exists and zero age spots. At age 68, her skin is still tight and firm. In my 41 years, I have never ever seen a blemish on her face....not one pimple. Seriously. She has never been to the derm, she doesn't believe in cosmetic surgery, she doesn't go for facials often, she doesn't do any masks, she doesn't do any face treatments.... she just cleanses, moisturizes and drinks her soups nearly every day.
I've noticed a big difference in not only my skin but overall health since drinking her bone broth at least once a week (since 2006):
+ Youthful skin. I'm 41 and people often mistake me for much younger *insert hair flip*. Aside from the products I put on my skin, I have to say that I love the way my skin looks and feels. If I could spread this broth on my face, I would because I really do think that all the gelatin and amino acids you consume in bone broth (which aids in the production of collagen) promotes youthful, firm skin.
+ Boosts your immune system. Having a kid means you're susceptible to getting sick (often) since they run around in the Hot Zone aka the cesspool they call school and drag that shit home. I should be sick more often but I found that I've miraculously avoided illnesses and instead, my husband (who is not a drinker of this magical broth) gets sick a lot during cold and flu season.
+ Overall health. It just makes me feel better. This soup feels like home to me and brings comfort like nothing else so when I'm feeling lousy or it's cold and snowy and miserable outside (because Canada), drinking this hot broth comforts me and makes me feel warm and cozy.
So how do you make bone broth? there are lots of recipes and many use a crock pot but my mom uses a giant pot, throws everything into it, adds some water and boils the whole thing for 2.5hrs. She doesn't add any salt, pepper or spices either; all those weird ingredients bring natural flavour to the broth so it's 100% natural.
Do you drink any bone broth?