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Food as Medicine: Chicken Bone Broth


As we approach fall and winter, it is time to enrich our meals with nurturing bone broth. The research behind these medicinal ingredients are discussed on our website. Enjoy one soup a day made with these ingredients to nourish your body through the upcoming cold weather months.


We prefer using chicken feet and chicken bones to ensure our broth is filled amino acids such as arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline. These nutrients support gastrointestinal function, joint health, skin, and the immune system. We special order fresh, never frozen, chicken from Springfield Farm.

Chinese Immune Boosting Bone Broth


Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds of chicken bones for stock

  • 1.5 pounds of chicken feet

  • 1/2 cup of dried shiitake mushrooms or 2 cups of fresh Asian mushrooms

  • For fresh mushrooms, we prefer maitake, lion's mane, or shiitake mushrooms

  • 3 inches of ginger root, thickly sliced

  • 6 stalks of scallions, roots trimmed

  • 1 cup of Chinese sherry

  • 12 grams of dried astragalus root

  • Filtered or spring water to submerge all ingredients

Steps:

  • Clean all ingredients with cold water

  • Place all ingredients in a large stockpot with plenty of water

  • Bring ingredients to a boil, skim off any foam

  • Cover and simmer for 8+ hours

References:


Shahzad M, Shabbir A, Wojcikowski K, et al. The Antioxidant Effects of Radix Astragali (Astragalus membranaceus and Related Species) in Protecting Tissues from Injury and Disease. Curr Drug Targets. 2016;17(12):1331-1340.


Wang Y, Ren T, Zheng L, et al. Astragalus saponins Inhibits Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Inflammation in Mouse Macrophages. Am J Chin Med. 2016;44(3):579-593.


Wang S, Li J, Huang H, et al. Anti-hepatitis B virus activities of astragaloside IV isolated from radix Astragali. Biol Pharm Bull. Jan 2009;32(1):132-135.

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