Bone broth, recently dubbed “nature’s multivitamin”, is the latest in trendy superfoods. With over 19 easy to absorb amino acids, an ancient history of joint repair, blood detoxification, and hair, skin, and nail strengthening, there's no question why. Last year, chef Marco Canora opened a tiny take-out only restaurant in East Village, NY that only serves the broth. It has become so popular, even LA Laker Kobe Bryant is sipping it. According to an old South American proverb, "good broth will resurrect the dead."

How it's made

The ingredients that go into bone broth are typically inexpensive. Grass-fed bones, organic vegetables, and quality herbs are a must.

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The bones, marrow, skin, feet, tendons, and ligaments of the animal are boiled and simmered for a period of days. The slow simmer causes the healing compounds to be released. Many of the nutrients that seep out from the bones and into the broth cannot be easily obtained from commonly eaten foods. Collagen, glutamine, glycine, proline, and minerals that support the immune system are slowly released from the bones and become readily absorbable.

Why it's healthy

This magical #Health elixir is a dense source of fat-soluble vitamins and is chock full of a never-ending list of vitamins and minerals. The collagen found in the broth helps form elastin which reduces signs of aging. Adding collagen to your diet results in the youthful tone, texture and appearance of your skin. Gelatin is another valuable component found in this #healthy concoction.

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Gelatin provides our bodies with the building blocks necessary to maintain strong bones, soothe the digestive tract, and help with the growth of probiotics. In turn, this decreases inflammation in the gut and promotes the liver's ability to remove toxins. Chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine are both compounds many of us lack and are sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. They are both found in concentrated amounts in the soup as well.

But, what about vegans?

Vegan options are possible as well. Providing many of the same health benefits, these versions also take less time to make. The plant-based ingredients in these soups substitute for the actual bones and include sea vegetables, soybeans, celery, beets, and nutrient-dense greens. Mushrooms can be added as well to provide immune-supportive compounds and rich flavor.

It's broth season! Find some cool and interesting bone broth tips here.