Popular on trendy restaurant menus, packaged as ready-to-eat on retailer shelves, and sold in take-out containers at health food stores, broths are all the rage these days. And for good reason. Made by simmering bones, vegetables, and/or herbs, broths have a centuries-long history of healing uses that include joint repair, kidney strengthening, blood detoxification, digestive wellness, and hair, skin, and nail elixir.
Slow Cooking Bone Broths
In general, longer is better when making bone broths. Slow and low is the way to go-a Crock-Pot is ideal. Be sure the ingredients are always covered with water to prevent drying out, and never boil. When the broth is done, strain out and discard solids, and keep the liquid refrigerated for up to five days. And while bone broths have long been the standard, vegan versions have many of the same benefits, sans animal products. Plus they're faster and easier to make-vegetable and herb broths require a shorter cooking time, usually no more than 2 hours.
Ready to experience the healing benefits of savory broths? Try these simple selections, and tap into some history today!
- Vegan Mushroom and Kombu Broth
- Simple Chicken Bone Broth
- Herbal Bieler Broth
- Roasted Bone Broth
Getting More Collagen
Consuming bone broth is just one way to reap the health benefits of collagen. Supplements are also a great option, and can be combined with food sources such as bone broth.
What is collagen and how can you get more of it?
Collagen is a structural protein that is essential for healthy joints, muscles, and hair, skin, and nails. While collagen loss is a natural part of aging, you can replenish the protein and boost your body's absorption of it through supplements. Scientific studies show that more than 90 percent of the collagen found in the body is collagen types 1 and 3. But when it comes to your joints, collagen type 2 reigns supreme. Collagen provides cartilage with its strength, and creates a framework that houses the other components of cartilage.
BioCell and UC-II are clinically studied, proprietary forms of type 2 collagen. Other proprietary forms include Verisol BioActive Collagen Peptides and CollaPure. Many formulas combine collagen with vitamin C, silica, biotin, and hyaluronic acid to enhance absorption and benefits. For best results, take collagen supplements on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
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