How Bone Broths Support Your Adrenals, Bones and Teeth

Modern nutritional research continues to prove what traditional cultures learned through observation over time, when we eat a specific part of an animal, it nourishes that same part of our body.

One example of this like supports like principle can be found in Dr. Catherine Shanahanʼs book, Deep Nutrition. Dr. Shanahan explains that the highest source of available vitamin A known to man isnʼt in a carrot or broccoli, but found in the tissue in the back of the eyeball. As vitamin A is known to specifically support healthy eyesight (among many other crucial health supporting roles), it goes without saying that if we consume what Dr. Shanahan calls “those nasty bits,” we will receive the nutritional bounty contained within to support our expression of optimal health. Broths and stocks provide a very easy way to incorporate the health giving benefits of all those culturally unappealing “nasty bits” into our regular diet.

Intelligent Food?

Wouldnʼt it be great if there was a type of intelligence that made it where we could eat a nutrient and have it go to a specific part of the body that needed it most? Well, there is such intelligence in nutrient-dense foods such as bone broths. This concept of an intelligence of a specific nutrient we consume to have an affinity to the same tissues within our own bodies is amazingly simple to our over-intellectualizing culture. Modern science still hasnʼt figured out how this intelligence works but they know that certain compounds have an affinity for certain tissues.

Bone Broths & Traditional Chinese Medicine

From within the traditional Chinese paradigm, bone broth nourishes our kidneys, supports our vital essence (chi), and builds blood. Who wouldnʼt benefit from another bowl of  soup?

Bone tissue relates to the kidneys according to Chinese medical theory. So, given the theory of like supports like, consuming bone tissue will support the kidneys and therefore the bones (including the teeth).

The Chinese medical perspective includes the adrenals as part of the system they call the kidneys. So, bone broth directly supports adrenal function. It is recognized that the adrenals perform so many hormonal functions vital to our immune health. Adrenal fatigue is another one of those ʻelephants in the living roomʼ that so many of us in the real food movement are talking about yet remains unheard of in mainstream media.

Bone Broths and Adrenal Support

Bone broths provide the adrenal glands with the much needed nutritional support to help make the shift from survive to thrive. Dr. Shanahan even suggests that the nutritional matrix in bone broths may actually help patch the holes in the kidney tissue that cause the kidneys to function less optimally.

Massive bone support

Bone stock is rich with minerals. Isnʼt it interesting that within bone broth are the exact minerals, in the proper proportions, that our teeth are also made of? 65% of the mineral mass of bone is made up of calcium and phosphorus – the two main minerals that compose our teeth. When making bone broths we stew the bones for several hours, even days, the stock itself becomes very rich with minerals.

Itʼs interesting to note that the bones after making stock are so soft you can push your thumb nail into them. That tells you that the minerals that were in the bone are now in the bone broth.

How does this translate into stronger, healthier teeth that resist decay and even can heal from tooth decay? Well, the mechanism the body utilizes to remineralize the tooth enamel is through the saliva. Provided that the diet has sufficient minerals, the saliva will have the necessary minerals to interact with the tooth enamel to remineralize the teeth. Bone broth provides the necessary minerals in the proper, combinations, to make them available for use throughout the body. (See video Mouth Probiotics to learn more about the role saliva plays in creating greater oral health).

The reason the concept of tooth remineralization is not present in the culture at large is due to the fact that our diets, for the most part, are miserably deficient in the minerals necessary to optimize health.

Making bone stocks is an easy way to massively raise the minerals in oneʼs diet. But the benefits of bone broth go well beyond mineral content.

Fats + Minerals = Bio-available Minerals

The problem with mineral supplements is that we arenʼt what we eat. A more accurate statement is we are what we absorb from what we eat. Mineral uptake is the issue here. The good news is the fats in bone broths help restore greater gut health and therefore increase the absorption rate of the minerals present in broths. So, rather than searching through the vitamin section of your health food store, make friends with the butchers at the meat department and establish your supply for quality bones!

What is bone marrow anyway?

Bone broth also contains the bone marrow. Bone marrow is where the body manufacturers both red and white blood cells. Thus, applying the same principle of like supports like, enjoying regular bone broths will nourish our bodyʼs ability to create healthy blood within our own system.

In the Chinese paradigm, bone marrow is considered the deepest tissue of the body and contains the essence of the being. Itʼs an interesting correlation to consider that modern science has shown that within bone marrow are high concentrations of stem cells, the very organizing influences and genetic material, for the being. It is these essential nutrients that help our bodies continue to build healthy, vital constitutions and repair cellular damage.

The youth serum in bone broths.

There are a series of proteins called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs for short) that are highly concentrated in joint tissues. These GAGs are part of the tissues known as collagen. Over the past several years some GAGs, namely glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid, have come into popularity for their documented support of joint and skin tissues. Once consumed, these nutrients go to the connective tissues of joints and other connective tissues of the body where they are needed. While the synthesized compounds like glucosamine sulfate or hydrochloride may be effective in supporting greater connective tissue health, we prefer and advocate the whole food version. After all, what beneficial compounds are still to be discovered contained within bone broth (that science hasnʼt performed clinical trials on)? So, rather than purchase the supplement, go for the bones!

How do glycosaminoglycans relate to increased oral health?

First, the connective tissue restoring capacity of GAGs helps to repair compromised gum tissue that has been damaged and stressed by the ʻbad bugsʼ that cause gum disease. Also, within the process of the breakdown of health that we know as gum disease, one of the things that happens is the bad bugs weaken and damage the ligament (connective tissue) that holds each tooth to the jaw bones, thus resulting in loose teeth and adult tooth loss.

Dr. Shanahan states,

This means that glucosamine-rich broth is a kind of youth serum, capable of rejuvenating your body, no matter what your age. After decades of skepticism, orthopedists and rheumatologists are now embracing its use in people with arthritis, recommending it to ʻovercome or possibly reverse some of the degradation that occurs with injuries or disease. (Deep Nutrition)

When you combine the facts that bone broths make any soup way more delicious, provide the much needed support for our adrenals, offer such a rich source for much needed minerals, nourish our bodyʼs ability to build healthier blood, along with care for all the connective tissues throughout our bodies, you can see why we consider bone broths to be such a foundational dietary pillar for anyone looking to navigate to greater oral health as well as create optimal system wide immunological health.

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What people are saying

  1. Laurie says

    This is a very interesting and informative post. I’m just wondering how often we should consume bone broths? Is this something that should be done daily or is once or twice a week enough?

    • WestOzGirl says

      Just like most things, eat in moderation, including broth. I had a reaction during the middle of the night once. I was doing a ketogenic diet at the time and in one evening i consumed 3 big bowls of broth for dinner. That night I woke up with a racing heart and an acidic taste in my mouth. I put out a question on Paleo Hacks and got the below link to an interesting journal article. It seems you can have too much bone broth which may result in hypercalcaemia.

        • ST says

          Keep in mind that the man in the case study was consuming a maximum of 6 liters per week, which is less than your nutritionist has recommended to you. (1 liter=about 33 oz).

          “Balance” and “moderation” do need to be numerically defined for each substance and it is not always obvious what counts as an “extreme”.

      • Francine says

        I think the case studies from the NIH presented with people who consumed copious amounts of bone broth! The recommended amounts of broth would not give a person hypercalciumia unless they took supplements in conjunction with large doses of brother.

  2. judith scott says

    when i take a small mason size jar of broth and make
    a one meal soup out of it,daily,for a week,i can FEEL the difference
    in the quality of strength in my fingernails and hair.
    i am currently living in the desert. 104 degrees. soup,taken every day, cuts
    down on the agitation of the suns rays.
    i kid you not.
    thank you for the information

  3. says

    Thank you for the great article! I put bone broth in different things that I make throughout the week. I will put it in curry, soup, chili beans, miso soup, quinoa, rice, etc.
    It really helps the digestion by drawing the digestive juices to the stomach because it is rich in gelatin.
    By the way, that book, Deep Nutrition looks really interesting. I will add it onto my list of books to read.
    I always look forward to your articles.
    Many blessings!!!!

  4. Ryan says

    That’s not what Linus Pauling won either of his Nobel awards for. I wish I had better access to high quality bones at a reasonable price, it’s a hard sell to my wife when they’re only slightly less expensive than the pastured meat I buy.

    • says

      Hey Ryan,
      Thanks for posting. I hear you on the price of quality bones these days. Still I encourage some of your budget to go toward getting some for stock. The bottom line is although muscle meats are crucial, so are the nutritive components of bone stock for optimal health. If you figure that soup bones cost less than meats BUT the bones are going to make stock that will add to several meals, it’s really rather cheap nutrition (from our perspective).

      For what it’s worth, I thought I would offer this bit…

      To your health!

    • margaret says

      Ryan, I buy pastured meat with bones in, then reuse the roasted bones for broth. With chicken you can remove the meat for other dishes, and use the bones a couple times. You can also make broth from shrimp peels or fish parts (if you eat seafood)
      Save raw veggie scraps (celery leaves, various ends, parings) in the freezer until you make broth. You can strain them out, and use fresh vegggies for your soup. It is ecnomical if you use lots of onion, celery, leeks, carrots, and other veggies (before they go limp & need to be tossed) in soups…and prevents waste.

      • Cindi says

        I agree with Margaret and, as an added bonus, the cuts of meat that still have the bone in them are cheaper per pound than deboned meats, if you can believe that! Hopefully “they” don’t figure out that there’s a huge market for the bones, or that might

    • Tawanda says

      Check out “Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover’s Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously” by Shannon Hayes. As a poster has mentioned below, definitely want to make stock and use the meat for other meals.

  5. Niv says

    I love bone broth, and I am so grateful for all that Dr. Shanahan has written. I firmly believe that strict adherence to the diet guidelines she offers in “Deep Nutrition” have helped both my husband and myself to regain hormonal balance. Thank you for this article!

  6. says

    I just put chicken, water, veggies, vinegar and parsley in the crock-pot! In 4 hours I’ll pull the chicken meat for meals this weekend. Bones with go back in the pot with more bones from the freezer and tomorrow we’ll be sipping broth. I love how it makes my skin look!

  7. Crystalline Ruby Muse says

    Jenny ~ Would you ever do a post or make a video on organization & time management? I would love to get insight on how you manage to accomplish so much in the kitchen, plus be such an inspired mother, wife, & writer! I am devoted to traditional cooking, I have only a husband to feed (no kids), & I work in my home, so I would think I could be on top of things, but it is such a struggle. I feel I am always behind on my next batch of sauerkraut, with dishes piled in the sink & on the counters constantly needing attention (no dishwasher). My poor hubbie! How do you do it all … & have a life too? I am in awe, & craving wisdom & advice!

    • Stacy says

      I second every thing you said Crystaline Ruby Muse. Preparing healthy food for the family is important work, but it is time consuming, and requires planning.

  8. Renee says

    Great article! Deep Nutrition book sounds quite interesting. Thank you very much!
    (FYI, Linus Pauling did not discover Vitamin C, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi did.)

  9. :D says

    Thank you for your post on bone broth soup. As a child, I grew up on long-simmering soups. My Chinese parents would make make long-simmering soup two or three times a week. Whenever we are sick, my parents would say we are not drinking enough soup. As an adult, I have carry on the tradition of making soup for my family. It is very nourishing and cleansing for our bodies. The slow-cooking method is new to me, but it makes sense. My father had a restaurant and the way they make their tasty chicken stock is to leave a very large stock pot on the stove simmering all day long and they keep adding chicken bones as they debone fresh chicken. The longer the stock simmers and adding more bones in, the sweeter and more rich the stock becomes. When I make chicken stock at home, I will simmer my chicken stock using skinless chicken and simmer for about 4 to 6 hours on the stove. The stock taste rich and sweet that I don’t need to add salt. I can just drink it plain. I don’t add any pepper or herbs to the broth. Just water and chicken to make my rich stock (the Chinese way). I will try the slow cooker method. I’m a bit hesitant is that I’m not use to leaving a slow cooker 24 hours a day and having to leave for work a good part of the day and hoping I don’t come home in horror to see my house burnt down to the ground because of bone broth soup.

    • says

      Hehe on the house burning down! :) Our slow cooker is constantly used for stock in our home. We literally run it 4-5 days a week here. We haven’t had any burns yet! :)

      Given your heritage, I’m sure you do recall good food and slow cooked soups! The Chinese literally wrote the book on making healing soups! If you enjoy chicken stock straight from the pot, wait until you try a cup of beef bone stock after it’s been cooking for 3 days! What a treat! Some may find it a bit weird, but I enjoy a cup as a warm morning drink at times. Nothing in it, just broth. So warming and rejuvenating!

      • :D says

        Thank you for your comments. I am even more inispired to try the slow-cooker method. Actually, when I don’t have soup for a few days, my body craves for it. I can even drink hot soup even on a very hot day. It’s crazy, but I guess it’s because I grew up drinking soup and my bodies knows when I am deprived of soup.

  10. Leda says

    Is there a reference where you got the information on bone broth for kidney and adrenal support? I’d like to learn more about that specifically.
    Thanks! another great post!

    • says

      Hi Leda,

      Our article really is the reference we are aware of that brings the information together of bone broths supporting kidney and adrenal function. This comes from our 25 years of experience in the Chinese longevity arts combined with being in the business of helping folks create positive change in their oral health.

      You see, the teeth are simply an extension of the bones. So what’s going on in the teeth shows what’s going on in the whole system. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the strength of the bones (thus teeth) are a function of the strength of the kidneys/adrenals. Given the premise of ‘like supports like’ combined with literally thousands of years of historical support for bone stocks in a health giving diet, we are introducing this concept that bone stocks support kidney function. This idea is substantiated by both western and eastern medical research (see article about Dr. Shanahan).

      I look forward to the day that we can type ‘bone broths for kidney support’ and get a list of articles and research papers on the subject. Perhaps this simple article will help in that capacity. We are planning a series of articles detailing more on the benefits of bone broths. You may want to come like us on our OraWellness Facebook page so you can get these articles as they come forth.

      Also, if you email us from our site we can send you several resources for more information along this line of thought.

      To your health!

      • Robert says

        This helps so much of our body to be healthy which has a secondary input to perk up other parts of the body.
        Example. If the teeth are healthier then you chew better which makes digestion easier which brings more nutrients throughout the body.
        It is a co-operative effort which improves overall health.

  11. says

    Great article, thanks for so clearly highlighting the wonderful benefits of bone broths. I tell people that one of the best things they can do for themselves is to make bone broth, especially with bones that still have marrow. These broths are great for using as the base to rice or other dishes. The slow cooker is a great tip for those who don’t want to babysit a stock pot.

  12. Allen in AK says

    If you live in an area that supports it, ask around for hunters and ask if you can have the bones. Most dont use them, and will happily share. Organic, free range…

  13. says

    I’ve been making my own chicken bone broth, and I LOVE it! I recently read something that said to skim the fat off the broth. Is that necessary? Based on the article, it sounds like the fat is an important part of the broth. Also, how much does it depend on the quality of the chicken as to the quality of the broth? I.E., if the chicken was conventionally raised (not organic, pastured, etc.), will there be toxins in the bones, and hence in the broth?? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Katie,

      In our opinion, the quality of the ingredients in the stock play a fundamental role in how awesome the stock is going to be for one’s health. I suppose if I had to, I would use commercial chicken for stock, but really only if I had to. There’s just too many ‘questionable ingredients’ in commercial livestock (chicken,beef). I’m sure that broths would still have beneficial qualities but there would also be not so beneficial qualities within as well. I really don’t know if the benefits would outweigh the drawbacks in this case. That’s a personal choice there. To directly answer your question about toxins in the stock parts, I would say absolutely. But again, do the risks outweigh the benefits? That’s up to each of us to decide…

      Thankfully, more and more small farms are getting into raising farm fresh foods including pastured chickens. So, the availability of quality farm fresh meats is increasing.

      To your health!

  14. says

    This was a great article. I have looked for a comrehensive review of the benefits of slow-cooked bone broths and found little useful information. This is a great summary.

    As a clinical dietitian working with renal (kidney) failure patients, the idea that the broth supports both the bones and the kidneys makes great sense to me. The kidneys function in the processing of vit D and calcium, and in fact, people on dialysis for kidney failure can suffer from severe imbalance in calcium and phosphorus levels. As blood phosphorus levels rise, calcium is pulled from the bones and can lead to significant fractures. So yes, of course traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is correct that the bones and kidneys are related.

    Now if hospitals would only serve REAL bone broths, instead of that powdered, flavored, nutrition-empty reconstituted broth.

    Thank you for a great thought-provoking article!

    • says

      Ohh Michelle! Thank you for adding your two cents here! We second the vision of hospitals having huge stock pots simmering all the time for their patients! What a difference that would be…

      We appreciate your substantiation of the ideas in the article with your western medical occupational experience.

      To your health!

  15. Susan says

    Hi there, does freezing the broth before use compromise the nutritional qualities we are hoping to get from it in any way?

  16. says

    This is the best article on the health and nutritional benefits of bone broth that I’ve seen,

    Big, big thanks to Jenny for this….

    I will be linking to this article many times over the next weeks and months, because my website visitors will really benefit from this information.

    Appreciatively….. Jim

    • says

      Thanks for the kind words here Jimbo! We have a whole series of articles on bone broths planned! Maybe come like us over at our FB page so you know when they come out! Just look up OraWellness on facebook…

  17. Molly says

    I assume that if you tend toward as much vegetarianism as possible, bone broth is “the enemy”. I am not a total veggie person, so that doesn’t really apply to me, but for those who read this and do apply the vegetarian aspect to their diet, how does one get the same (or similar) benefits from veggies and can you provide a list?

    • Kylie says

      I was vegetarian for over 15 years, and while I don’t call myself vego now, I only eat a small amount of meat twice a month or so. I’m big on bone broth however, and it helps that my parents and friends are farmers so I know the bones came from a well treated, healthy and local animal. I find meat hard to stomach (emotionally), but I have no problems with bone broth and love it in my risotto and soups. I believe my teeth have suffered from my vegetarianism and my love of sugar, so this is a way I try and correct that. After reading this article I will try and up my intake even more!

  18. Ray says

    Wonderful article! You really condense all the Dopeness of BoneBroths down into something remotely comprehensible to my foggy brain. I’ll try to remember how Super bonebroth is. Me and my twin are both battling it out with adrenal fatigue… on top of that, we apparently can’t digest fats very well… concentrates like ghee, coconut oil, and beefsuet, set off reactions. Its almost like we should Fast on Bone Broth. I definitely plan to consume more of it… we just had a bowl of Yummy ChickenFeet Broth. We plan to get some OxBile for fat digestion and Gelatinized BlackMaca for adrenalLove. We are always improvising our BeOurOwnDoctor strategy.

  19. claudia says

    Jenny, wondering if you could comment on the bovine gelatine that is supplied through Radiant Life Company. I’ve always felt their products to be trustworthy. Sometimes my broths do not gel??? Not sure why as I always use grass fed and/or free range meat souces. But was wondering if this product would be a good addition to thin broths are up their nutritional value?
    thanks for any imput!

  20. says

    I’ve made it 6 times and I can’t get my chicken bone broth to gel. Ever. I use a pastured chicken and followed all the directions. I watched Sarah’s video and every time I make it, it barely simmers just like she showed us. My beef/lamb bone broth always gels. What can I do to get my chicken broth to gel? If it doesn’t gel, am I still getting the same nutrients? I’m so upset about this.

  21. Jean says

    Rachel B , I am right there with ya. I can’t get mine to gel either. I was told maybe it is my water but I use spring water so I dont know what else to do. I started adding Bernard Jensens powdered gel and it is great it does the job for me. But I wonder if it is still the same benifits too. Can anyone comment on this issue?

  22. Maria says

    Hi. Is it ok to use joint bones for bone broth? There is little fst(I don’t save tallow) on the bones. They are only bones and no marrow. They are cut rounder bones. I hope this is ok as there is only 1 place to buy bones here as I’ve checked this limited area.


  23. Sam says

    I fasted once (4 dasy) on a 24hr cooked bones broth. Never even in my life I felt so good, so full of energy and had crystal clear head.

  24. Greg says

    I love the idea of using bones from wild game like deer and elk to make bone broth, but have read this is unsafe due to the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD). Your thoughts?


    • Murray says

      Greg, CWD is not present everywhere – so check with your local Dept of Ag office.

      There is no record of CWD being transmitted to humans but as in Mad Cow Disease (where it was also a new phenomenon), there is a small chance. So that is your assessment of risk management. Personally, I would not use the brains, eyes, spinal chord or bones (incl. marrow), if in any doubt. Prions (the active particles) are not destroyed by heat. Muscle meats should be okay. The link gives the most recent information plus further links into two studies for human variant disease (hvCJD).

  25. Robert says

    Hi! I have a question that I haven’t seen in the comments section.
    If I use the broth to combine with another soup I’m making that will be boiled at higher heat, will the nutrition of this broth be degraded? It seems to survive freezing but I’m wondering if boiling would destroy its medicine?


  26. says

    I am getting ready to post about Russian kholodetz (which is basically bone broth), and I will refer to this article for more information. Thanks!

  27. Scotty says

    I’ve found that the free glutamate in bone broths has a negative effect on my brain health, proving to be excitotoxic. In spite of what people say about “bone broths don’t contain MSG”, they still have a sizeable dose of free glutamates, which are toxic to sensitive individuals.
    Personally, I believe that if there is mercury deposit in the brain (e.g. from dental amalgams), then glutamate metabolism/clearance is affected and the brain can no longer deal with such large quantities of glutamate.
    I used to grind raw bones into powder to see if I could get the same nutrients that way, but the medicinal effect was not there.
    When I was trying to heal my tooth decay via bone broths, they were the only thing in the context of a nutrient dense diet rich in fat-soluble vitamins that actually gave great strength overall.
    I genuinely wish that I could consume bone broths, but I believe that they are contraindicated in the case of mercury toxicity (double bind catch-22 for you there – you want to heal damaged teeth but you can’t because of toxic dentistry).
    Removing mercury deposits from the brain safely is a very challenging undertaking indeed.
    The upshot is that if you experience headaches and insomnia when you consume bone broth (whether it’s cooked for 4 hours or 48 hours!), then it’s probably excitotoxic because of chronic mercury poisoning.
    I consume porcine gelatin and kombucha tea for some of the factors, although bone broth has the full spectrum including hyaluronic acid, for example. Kombucha tea provides the GAGs, whereby gelatin provides hydroxyproline etc.
    Just my two cents…Thanks for the article! ;-)))

    • says

      Hi Scotty,

      The info you gave is a huge shock. I’m trying to understand it. I have had plenty of metal fillings. They are from between 18 and 15 years ago! I have about 5 of them. I haven’t noticed any head aches at all. I’m not sure about the insomnia. I am a night owl, but I have drank bone broth at night before and was able to sleep. I’ll try to be more sensitive to my body tonight as I’ just drank some and plan to go to bed in 2 hours….

      I wonder if I consume a bunch of cilantro for a while before I drink bone broth more regularly, then maybe I shouldn’t worry about the mercury too much..?

      I know my reply may seem a bit scattered, I guess I’m just hoping that there is no reason why I should not consume bone broth, as I love it! I have one tooth, where a white filling came out and then the tooth broke a bit and has been giving me pain for a few months. But last month I had some bone broth and now have been drinking it almost daily 2 cups per day and my tooth started to feel strong and painless!

      So for now I’ll just continue the bone broth. Eventually removing the metal fillings is another story.


    • sonia says

      wen i was a child my mum would make marrow bone soup with veg from our garden it was water clear and yummy..she would simmer the chunky bones over night then add winter or summer veg till it was cooked ..nothing better .with home made bread ..wen u came in from school …x

  28. Blessed Geek says

    This is very confusing to me.

    Just last week, I read that eating carrots and Vitamin A would improve your eye sight is a myth due to disinformation spread by the British war time intelligence to distract Germans from figuring out the improvement in accuracy of British fighters and bombers.

    The British did not not want the Germans to suspect that British planes had been fitted with radar and hence spread disinformation to attribute the improvement in accuracy to pilots and gunners eating more carrots. It’s in one of those online magazines about 10 things blah, blah or 5 things blah blah, 10 worse cities blah blah, 10 myths blah blah… whose links are always found in CNN’s pages.

    So, does Vitamin A and carrots improve eye sight or not?

  29. Terry says

    I have recently intuitively been wondering about making soups from bones to get the minerals and also stem cells.
    In that bone broth mix do you out in vinegar? If so how much?
    What is size slow cooker do you use.
    Also I do eat fish but don’t eat meat. Although my mids eat meat and will make for them. Have you done this with fish bones and if so have you any advice?
    Great articles
    Thank you

  30. says

    I recently discovered bone broths in my search for natural ways to heal cavities. The benefits for general health, skin, hair, joints and nails seems like a big bonus. My favorite to make at home is bison bone broth, but I also buy organic beef broth online that is delicious and convenient – basically the same recipe I use at home.

    I’m wondering if anyone here has actually reversed tooth decay with bone broths, or know of anyone that has?

  31. Jennifer says

    Well I made it, the broth, used it for a beef (grass fed) vegetable soup and the next morning I felt amazing. The dull aching pain that was in my left hip had increased to a shrieking pain emanating all the past my knee was now a faint memory with just a slight reminder maybe two times so far all day long. So I had it for dinner again tonight, never going back, taking some to my dear mother as well. Thank you Jesus!

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  34. Simone says


    I’m curious why there’s no mention of using pork for pork broth. I had a traditional chinese acupuncturist who swore by pork. Is our US Pork too contaminated, or what?

  35. Emily says

    There is an article on PubMed that shows organic homemade bone broth to be a significant source of lead. I still make bone broth, but use it in moderation, not ingesting large quantities per day. Has anyone else seen this or been concerned about it?

  36. magdelyn says

    I saw only one comment about drinking bone broth and ending up with a bad taste in the mouth -“acidic”, they said. Anyone else experience the lingering, bad after-taste? I’m trying to determine if it is the broth, as it seems to be. And if so, if there’s something to do to avoid it, as it’s nasty.

    I’ve made chicken soups and put the bones back in after de-boning the chicken, and it does get glassy and kind of gelatinous. I’m hoping it provides all the great benefits i’ve been reading about for bones and teeth etc, but without the coated tongue.

    Maybe if I don’t make a soup out of it, and just use it to flavor other dishes? or not have it so often?

    • says

      Magdelyn, if you use vinegar at all for deleeching the bones, this may be the reason. Use ACV if you don’t already, it is much safer. You may try some alkalizing barley grass powder to offset the acidicity taste, but don’t put it in a reaqlly hot broth, let it cool a bit first.

  37. jw says

    it is just amazing. bone broth brought me back from a 30 day severe tooth ache, taking 24 pain killers per day to no pain in 24 hours, and reverse tooth decay to my back left molars. No matter what the doctors say, this stuff really works. My 3 year old son had 6 cavities and the dentists wanted to do surgery on my son for the cavities. I gave him bone broth for 5 days and the cavities disappeared. No matter what no one says this stuff works and i am pain free and my son has no cavities. I am sold for life. I will continue this regimen till I die, and so will my family.


  38. jp says

    How important is it that the bone soup should have a “jello-like” consistency. My batches go from pure liquid to jello-like even though I use the same ingredients and procedure.
    Thanks for any input.

  39. toni says

    My husband was recently put on peritoneal dialysis. Last week his phosphorous rose to around 8. The dietician told him that he should not be drinking bone marrow broth because of the high phosphorous content. He had become dangerously thin in a short period of time so he was eating a lot of meat and other foods with a high phosphorous content. My feeling is that it would be best if he drinks the bone marrow broth in moderation and cuts down on other sources of potassium. He claims to feel great after he finishes a cup of broth. He may have over done it with the broth last week,, but I think he should continue taking the broth in moderation to support his condition. It is hard to figure out just how much phosphorous there is in a cup of beef bone marrow broth. I found one article that said that the amount of phsophous in 1 cup of bone marrow broth is between 9,5-12.5 ml. It is really hard to talk to some of these “school trained” nutrition specialists. I feel like they do not see they whole picture. I would welcome any feedback about the use of bone broth for people with renal failure. Thank you everyone!

    • Jenny says

      That must be so frustrating! Truly, bone broth doesn’t contain a significantly high level of minerals (phoshorus or otherwise), which is why it pairs so well with mineral-rich additions like cream, milk or leafy greens (for those who can have them).

  40. says

    hello, reading your article on bone broth- home made. very good. All makes sense to me. I find that chicken wings (can’t get legs here) have a great amount of gelatin in the finish…it sets real solid. I usually get a 2 kg bag of them and put them in a large pot with about 1.5 – 2 cups of water anad bring to simmer and cook very low for about 3-5 hours or more hours maybe with an onion or two.
    I like eating the jellie cold with some sea salt, chillie powder and some herbs from time to time.
    But I have a question. What with all the talk about added hormones and the other nasties going into our livestock, does very long slow cooking help to get rid of that stuff, or nuetralize it?


  41. Linda says


    I was wondering if bone broth would be beneficial when you are coming off or lowering your dose of prednisone.

    Thanks so much.

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