Everyone is talking about bone broth these days. You can even buy it in powder form, for way too much money if you ask me.
But the health benefits of bone broth cannot be disputed.
Bone broth is an excellent source of protein, minerals, and vitamins that support the immune system, help with digestion, boost energy levels, and more!
Cooking bones over several hours pulls out all of its nutrients, making it perfect for homemade stock or soup base.
The nutrients from bone include collagen, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamin K2, B12, D3, E & iron.
The best way to get these nutrients into your body is through cooking bones slowly until they break down and release their goodness into the water. You will notice that many commercial brands have added salt and preservatives such as MSG.
Making your own bone broth at home is easy, and you know exactly what is in it and what is NOT in it.
Why should you add eggshells when making your bone broth?
Secret Ingredient #1: Eggshells
Adding eggshells to your recipe just makes the list of health attributes even larger. This addition is a game-changer and makes perfect sense. I have another secret ingredient I disclose later.
The eggshell membrane is rich in collagen, which has many health benefits (see below).
The calcium that comes from eggshells is one of the most absorbable forms of calcium to our body, and some folks grind eggshells or soak them in water to make their own calcium supplement.
In animal and human studies, eggshell calcium demonstrated increased bone density, decreased arthritic pain, and even stimulated cartilage growth.
Health Benefits of Calcium
- Build strong teeth and bones
- Reduces inflammation throughout the entire digestive tract
- Promotes healthy skin and hair
- Protects against osteoporosis
- Prevents cancerous cell development
- Improves blood clotting
- Protects cardiac muscles
- Weight loss
Calcium also helps regulate hormones like estrogen and testosterone. It’s important to note that there is an increase in estrogen production when you consume dairy products. So, if you want to avoid this side effect, then choose non-dairy sources of calcium instead — for example, eggshell powder, leafy greens, sardines, salmon, and eggshell bone broth.
Eggshells contain high amounts of choline, an essential nutrient needed by our bodies to produce neurotransmitters like serotonin and acetylcholine.
Health Benefits of Choline
- Helps maintain healthy brain function
- Supports proper liver functioning
- Promotes normal growth and development of children
- Improves memory and learning ability
- Boosts metabolism
- Lowers cholesterol level
- Protects against heart disease
- Reduces risk of stroke
- Prevents cancer cell formation
- May prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
- Can improve mood
- Enhances mental clarity
- Increases endurance during exercise
Health Benefits of Collagen
- Builds strong nails and hair
- Keep skin supple and elastic
- Help heal wounds faster
- Reduce scarring after surgery
- Improve blood circulation
- Reduces wrinkles
- Strengthen ligaments and tendons
- Increase joint health and flexibility
- Can improve arthritis symptoms
- Maintain muscle tone
- Enhance wound healing
- Repair damaged tissue
- Provide nutrition to cells
The Health Benefits of Phosphorus
- Phosphorus helps maintain proper muscle mass and strength
- It aids in building stronger bones
- It supports normal growth and development
- It promotes good sleep patterns
- It improves overall well-being
- It reduces stress
- It increases metabolism
- It enhances immunity
- It provides relief from joint pain
- It prevents osteoporosis
- It strengthens hair follicles
- It protects against cancerous cells
The Health Benefits of Magnesium
- Magnesium plays a role in hundreds of metabolic processes within the human body.
- It’s involved in maintaining fluid balance in the body.
- Necessary for nerve transmission.
- Required for DNA synthesis.
- Important for heart rhythm regulation.
- Vital for skeletal muscles contraction.
- Critical for regulating insulin secretion.
- Crucial for cell division.
Health Benefits of Potassium
- Essential mineral required for life.
- Key component of cellular membranes.
- Involved in carbohydrate metabolism.
- Regulates heartbeat.
- Plays a key role in nervous system activity.
- Aids in acid-base homeostasis.
- An important electrolyte necessary for muscular contractions.
- Provides structural integrity to nerves and muscles.
- Used in the production of ATP.
Health Benefits of Zinc
- Essential element found in all living organisms.
- Involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions.
- Plays a critical role in immune response.
- Aids in wound repair.
- Regulates gene expression.
- Protects against oxidative damage.
- May be beneficial in treating type 2 diabetes.
- Prevents premature aging.
- Antioxidant properties may help prevent cardiovascular disease.
- Provides anti-inflammatory effects
How To Make Eggshell Bone Broth
It’s easy to make using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Chicken or beef- as many as you have to fill a pot. Beef should be grass-fed and chickens with no hormones or antibiotics
Chicken feet. (Full of nourishing gelatin/collagen)
1–2 tbsp peppercorns
1–2 tbsp apple cider vinegar — vinegar assists in pulling nutrients from the bones and eggshells
Vegetables of your choice like carrots, celery, onions, parsley stems, etc. (I save my vegetable scraps and freeze them until ready to make my bone broth)
1–2 bay leaves
6–8 chicken eggshells- from raw or cooked shells. As many as you have saved that will fit in the pot with the bones and veggies
Filtered water- enough to cover the above ingredients. Filtered water removes chlorine, fluoride, and other contaminants found in tap water.
Place everything into your crock-pot (you can also use a stockpot on the stove or your instant pot. (I like the crock-pot because it holds a large amount, and I don’t have to keep an eye on it. It is also basically self-watering, so I am not losing volume).
Start it on high and cook for 1 hour; skim off the foam, which is the bones’ impurities. Turn it down on low and let it go for about 24 hours. I start it in the morning and then let it go all day and all night, and then the next morning, I shut it off and let it sit for a bit to cool down.
Pull the bones, veggies, and shells out and discard them.
Using a fine mesh colander, strain the broth and refrigerate. This will allow you to scrape the fat off the top once cooled.
You should have something that looks like amber-colored gelatin.
Now you can warm it and enjoy it.
There is one more secret ingredient you need to know about.
Secret Ingredient #2: Reishi Mushroom
Placing a piece of Reishi mushroom into your broth will make your bone broth a powerhouse of immune-boosting nutrition.
It is one of the most widely researched mushroom varieties in ancient cultures next to the Coriolus mushroom in inhibiting tumor growth, especially in breast and prostate cancer.
Many Chinese and Japanese doctors use it to treat cancer, AIDS and hepatitis, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, dementia, and hypertension.
Additional tips for making a superior bone broth
Add a little miso once the bone broth is complete and ready to consume to increase probiotics, further improving gut health.
Once the bone broth is prepared, toss in a few sea vegetables like wakame, kombu, or hijiki (great for your thyroid health).
Add a little sea salt for flavor.
Try to consume 1 cup daily for maximum health benefits.
The amount this recipe makes or the length of time it takes will depend on how many ingredients and the method you choose to make it.
I like to freeze my bone broth in silicone muffin molds for longer storage. Once the cubes are frozen, I package them up in a large Ziploc bag. Each cube is about 1/3 cup of broth. If I need to thaw some bone broth quickly, it’s easy to just pop a few of these cubes into a small saucepan or into a microwave to melt them quickly. It’s much faster than thawing an entire mason jar of bone broth.
Do you have a special recipe or secret ingredient you put in your bone broth? If so, I would love to learn about it. Please send me a message sharing your favorite bone broth tip or trick.
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