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Title: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Yowbarb on November 05, 2010, 12:26:04 PM
'scuse it I posted this in another area too as it is about cysteine, an amino acid and sort of relates to something I had posted there, Not a recipe at this time.

Posted also in: Ronnie James’ Board, Survivalist
Topic, Natural products that may be very valuable in the future times
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(Posts about NAC N-Acetyl-Cysteine  and also
Natural chicken soup which has cysteine in it.) 

Posting it here too,
Yowbarb Note: To simplify this whole thing if you don't have time to read the article, in your survival setup, have some chickens. Unless you are a vegetarian, do have some chicken soup on hand it does help with many ailments, and don't be too picky use the whole bird...beaks etc. These contain a lot of cysteine which is proven to help the immune system.
Just a stray note about cycsteine. Remember the old concept of the chicken soup remedy?
Well in the old days - the very old days - people used to put the beak and feet into the pot along with the meat of the chicken. Not only that when they did the removal of feathers by hand, inevitable there would be some small pin feathers left in there. These things were very rich in cysteine which scientists later found out really is good for the immune system, hence the "chicken soup cure."
I read this back in the 1970s.
Today I found this article and the writer Does mention the cysteine. It is the beak feet and feathers which used to add a lot of the cysteine to the Medieival "Jewish penicillin."
- Yowbarb

Saturday, 16 October 2010
The Magic of Chicken Soup (

Around the 12th century trusted healers started to prescribe "the broth of fowl" for their ill patients. It was during that time that Egyptian Jewish physician and philosopher, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimonides, started to write extensively about the benefits of chicken soup.


Maimonides used his 'fowl brew' to treat such things like hemorrhoids, constipation, and even leprosy. He strongly believed and especially praised the brew's healing power for respiratory illnesses like the common cold.

Since then, many researchers and scientists have pondered the question of whether or not chicken soup has any real health benefits to patients suffering from a cold. Some have even done experiments to see if there is such proof.

Dr. Stephen Rennard, MD at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, thought his family's chicken soup really did work, but as a scientist, he wanted proof.

"One day we were discussing chicken soup," Rennard explains. "My wife says that grandma says this is good for colds, and I said maybe it has some anti-inflammatory action."

Rennard tested his theory and added his wife's home made chicken soup to white blood cells, called neutrophils. To his surprise, the soup did slow the neutrophils. In fact, he claims that chemicals in the broth could clear a stuffy nose by inhibiting inflammation of the cells in the nasal passages.
Since Dr. Rennard's findings in the early 1990's, several studies have since agreed with his results, and show chicken soup as a "relief" for the common cold, not a "cure."

All research agrees that the soup helps break up congestion and eases the flow of nasal secretions. In addition, many say it also inhibits the white blood cells that trigger the inflammatory response (causing sore throats and the production of phlegm.)

When you are feeling under the weather, it seems that everything hot helps to make you feel better. However, the good thing about chicken soup is that - properly prepared such as the recipes below - it is loaded with valuable nutrients. This includes:

       1. Chicken: Chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, a substance released when you make the soup. This amino acid is similar to the drug acetylcysteine, which is prescribed by doctors to patients with bronchitis. It thins the mucus in the lungs, making it easier to cough out. And hot chicken vapors have been proven more effective than hot water vapors in clearing out the cold in your nose.

       2. Carrots: Carrots, one of the routine vegetable ingredients found in chicken soup, are the best natural source of beta-carotene. The body takes that beta-carotene and converts it to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps prevent and fight off infections by enhancing the actions of white blood cells that destroy harmful bacteria and viruses.

       3. Onions: Onions, another chicken soup regular, contains quercetin, a powerful anti-oxidant that is also a natural anti-histamine, and anti-inflammatory.
End quote from that article.

Yowbarb Note: If you have a genuine, natural good from - scratch chicken soup recipe, complete with beaks and feet and a few pin feathers, please post it here.
Will try to find one. If we never find such a recipe, just remember use as much of the chicken as you can... some of the parts you would tend to throw away has life-giving cysteine for the immune system.
Back soon.

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Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Linda on November 05, 2010, 04:20:39 PM
Here's the recipe I use to make chicken stock that is rich in minerals and collagen. I don't have access to beaks or the feathers, but I use the feet which are rich in collagen. Then you can make chicken soup from the finished stock.

1 whole free range chicken or 2 to 3 lbs of bony chicken parts, such as necks, backs, breastbones and wings.
gizzards from one chicken (optional)
4 qts cold filtered water
1-2 TLB.vinegar (the vinegar pulls the minerals out of the bones and into the broth)
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
1 bunch parsley

If you are using a whole chicken, cut off the wings and remove the neck, fat glands and the gizzards from the cavity.  By all means, use chicken feet if you can find them - they are full of gelatin (Jewish folklore considers the addition of chicken feet the secret to successful broth.)  Even better, use a whole chicken, with the the head on.  These may be found in Oriental markets. Farm raised, free-range chickens give the best results.  Many battery-raised chickens will not produce stock that gels.

Cut chicken parts into several pieces, (If you are using a whole chicken, remove the neck and wings and  cut them into several pieces.) Place chicken in large stainless steel pot with water, vinegar and all vegetables except parsley.  Let stand 30  minutes to 1 hour.  Bring to boil, and remove scum that rises to the top. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 6 to 24hours.  The longer you cook the stock, the richer and more flavorful it will be.  About 10 minutes before finishing stock, add parsley.  This will impart additional mineral ions to the broth.
(I always cook my stock for 24hrs, just simmer while you sleep) If you cook the broth longer than 6 hours then remove the large pieces of meat after about 4-6 hrs or it will get too dry to use, and just continue to cook the bones.

Remove whole chicken or pieces with a slotted spoon. Reserve meat for other uses. Strain stock into a large bowl and reserve in your refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and congeals.,. Skim off this fat and reserve the stock in covered containers in refrigerator or freezer.

This recipe is taken from Nourishing Traditions
Today I have a large pot of Beef Stock cooking on the stove, I will simmer it for 24 hours as well and then store in 2 cup containers in my freezer.

Good broth resurrects the dead, South American Proverb


Good info Barb, thanks
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Yowbarb on November 05, 2010, 04:27:25 PM
PS Linda - interesting about the Jewish lore about the addition of the feet to make proper broth!  I did read that the old style soup had
the feet, the beaks and a few pin feathers in it; the latter probably not intentional.
Having plucked wild grouse up in the mountains I know how hard it is to get every single feather off. :) Thanks for the further insight
and an actual recipe.
BRRR I'm cold here may turn on heat...
Barb  8)
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: noproblemo2 on November 05, 2010, 04:46:44 PM
We finally have summer here, 86 today again, but would rather complain about the heat than the cold. But as soon as the weather changes again will be trying this recipe, feet and all....
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Ed Douglas on November 05, 2010, 07:51:56 PM
I'm gonna stock up on Campbells Chicken Noodle soup! I like it. I like chicken with rice, too. ed
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Yowbarb on November 07, 2010, 09:18:59 AM
It is freezing here, 37deg right now and some flurries. I will be turning on my electric mattress cover again tonight. We are hoping for a warm up in a few days. This is too cold for this time of year. My heating bills are going to be insane at this rate.

Keep warm and toasty!


Linda yes the fuel/electric bills will be over the top.
I felt really cold here after I woke up 5 AM for awhile and sat at computer for awhile...
Then I was all toasty with electric blanket on, one space heater turned up more, in living room
for some of the cats/ one in garage for more.
Supposed to be 60 now here. Feels colder.
Anyway, I really recommend more warming foods like soup...
(  dill added to the dumplings, yumm 
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Yowbarb on January 30, 2011, 06:58:02 AM
I'm gonna stock up on Campbells Chicken Noodle soup! I like it. I like chicken with rice, too. ed

That stuff is pretty good too. Any kind of chicken soup seems to help.
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: augonit on February 01, 2011, 11:20:52 AM
I knew a Jewish lady who made her own chicken noodle soup and would get lots and lots of chicken feet from her butcher to use in it.  She said it was for flavor.  Still, it's a little freaky to open up the pot and see about 20 chicken feet on top of the soup you'll be eating soon.

'scuse it I meant to hit the quote button but instead selected modify. Didn't intend to modify your post,  :)
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Linda on February 01, 2011, 11:27:54 AM
I knew a Jewish lady who made her own chicken noodle soup and would get lots and lots of chicken feet from her butcher to use in it.  She said it was for flavor.  Still, it's a little freaky to open up the pot and see about 20 chicken feet on top of the soup you'll be eating soon.

Augonit, I use chicken feet to make my chicken broth (along with other pieces of chicken) It's the feet that create the healthy gelatin that strengthens your joints and cartilidge, they also impart the best flavor. I do however remove them before I complete the soup, as they do look creepy.  ;D My grandson saw them in the pot once and thought they were hands, freaked him out! LOL

Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Yowbarb on February 02, 2011, 08:30:56 AM
I knew a Jewish lady who made her own chicken noodle soup and would get lots and lots of chicken feet from her butcher to use in it.  She said it was for flavor.  Still, it's a little freaky to open up the pot and see about 20 chicken feet on top of the soup you'll be eating soon.

That's good you got to see that directly... I haven't seen that just read about it...
I happened to read an article (Prevention, I think) about the cysteine in the old - style chicken soup... Jewish or not the old style homemade soup had more natural parts in it, whether it be beaks, feet a few pin feathers, etc. all rich in cysteine...

 ;) Yowbarb
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Yowbarb on February 02, 2011, 08:33:28 AM
Augonit, I use chicken feet to make my chicken broth (along with other pieces of chicken) It's the feet that create the healthy gelatin that strengthens your joints and cartilidge, they also impart the best flavor. I do however remove them before I complete the soup, as they do look creepy.  ;D My grandson saw them in the pot once and thought they were hands, freaked him out! LOL


Linda that would look creepy, LOL. In the Aftertimes if there is a cook for a big bunch of people they should not look in the pot. They will have to just eat it when it is all done. hehe.  :) - Yowbarb
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Yowbarb on August 08, 2012, 07:09:58 AM
Although we do have a topic somewhere about raising chickens, I will post this here too,
The Chicken and Egg page of the Mother Earth News.
The page has several links to articles and lots of info.
- Yowbarb
Mother Earth News Home Page:

Welcome to the Chicken and Egg Page!

Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: enlightenme on November 02, 2012, 03:58:51 AM
I had mentioned this cabbage soup from Weight Watchers in another topic.  Here is the recipe, extremely healthy for you and for weight loss too!!

0 Point Weight Watchers Cabbage Soup:
3 cups nonfat beef broth (beef is the best) or 3 cups nonfat vegetable broth (beef is the best) or 3 cups nonfat chicken broth (beef is the best)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups chopped cabbage
1/2 yellow onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup green beans
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
salt & pepper
Spray pot with non stick cooking spray saute onions carrots and garlic for 5 minutes.
Add broth, Tomato paste, cabbage, green beans, basil, oregano and Salt & Pepper to taste.
Simmer for a about 5-10 minutes until all vegetables are tender then add the zuccini and simmer for another 5 or so minutes.
I have tried different variations. Leaving out green beans. Adding chopped green onions in addition to the yellow onion.
All very good. You can customise it a bit.
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: enlightenme on November 02, 2012, 04:03:31 AM
Another simple, healthy soup:  Tortellini Tomato Spinach Soup

Cook Time:
30 mins10 mins
20 mins
Really healthy soup, good to use when there's no time to spend in the kitchen!
  4 44-6 Servings Size
.Units: US | Metric
.1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup minced onion (about 1/2 small onion)
1 garlic clove, minced
4 -6 cups chicken broth or 4 -6 cups vegetable broth
1 (14 ounce) can whole tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 (9 ounce) package fresh tortellini or 1 (9 ounce) package dried tortellini
kosher salt
cracked black pepper
10 ounces fresh spinach or 10 ounces frozen spinach, defrosted and chopped
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)
In a soup pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat.
Saute the onion and garlic, stirring often until onions are translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Add broth and tomatoes, turn heat up to high, and bring to a boil.
Add the tortellini and cook according to package instructions.
When tortellini is almost done, add spinach and taste, adjusting seasonings with salt and pepper.
Serve immediately.
Garnish each serving with a sprinkling of Parmesan.
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Yowbarb on January 29, 2013, 08:46:06 AM
« on: Today at 08:42:19 AM »

Mother Earth News
Chicken Noodle Soup, Homegrown!

2/24/2012 11:19:52 PM
By Sherry Leverich Tucker

This is the time of year that I really appreciate the work that went into the broiler chickens that we raised the summer before. Being able to bring one of them out of the freezer, thaw it out and either stew it or bake it is very satisfying! When we raised the chickens last summer I put off butchering so that they could get more size on them. This really makes them excellent for stewing, and I end up with enough meat to make at least 2 meals.
One of our most loved mealtime favorites for stewed chicken is:
Chicken Noodle Soup
It starts with a whole chicken, thawed, rinsed and placed in a pot filled with enough water to almost cover the chicken. Add cleaned and chopped carrots, celery, onion, salt, pepper and dried or fresh sage. Rosemary or Parsley are also good with chicken. And, it isn't quite the same, but adding dried onion and celery works well if fresh is not available. I use what I have or need to use. I save tops of celery, leftover onion and carrots that are too old to eat fresh to use for broth. 
Bring the pot of chicken and broth to a boil and gently simmer for a couple of hours. The chicken is done when it is tender and the legs are easily pulled apart. The pot can be simmered longer without a problem, but the longer the chicken cooks the more it will fall apart causing it to be harder to handle. Take the pot off the heat source and let the chicken and broth set until cool enough to handle.
I like to use my very large colander over a large bowl to strain the broth from the chicken and vegetables. Debone the chicken and chop into 1 inch pieces. Since my chickens are so large, I use half of the chicken for soup, and save the other half for another meal.

For chicken noodle soup I use about 1 ½ quarts of the broth. I pour this into a dutch oven and pour the remainder of the broth into a jar with lid and store in the refrigerator for use in another recipe. When the broth is simmering I add either a couple of chicken bouillon cubes or a Tablespoon of chicken base (this adds a little more salt and flavor). I also to add some of the stewed celery and carrots to this soup for color and a little added flavor. Now it is time to make the noodles!
The basic egg noodle is a very simple recipe.  
Take 2 eggs and mix with a Tablespoon of water. Stir until blended then add 1 cup of flour, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp coarse ground pepper. Mix well, then add enough flour to pull it together to the consistency of bread dough. Make it into a ball and set on a floured countertop to rest for 5 minutes.

Knead, adding flour until it isn't sticky. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough thin. Keeping it well floured will help it from sticking together when it is cut into noodles. At this point the dough can either be rolled up (jelly-roll style) and cut into noodles, or a pizza cutter can be used to cut the noodles. How wide or long to make the noodles is completely personal preference. Separate the noodles, being sure to dust with flour to keep them from sticking. The noodles can be used immediately. Make sure that the broth is simmering and add the noodles in small amounts, stirring to keep them separated. Don't worry about the excess flour, it will add thickness to the soup as it cooks into the broth. After all the noodles have been added, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
Time to Enjoy!  
When the noodles are fully cooked, add chicken and heat through. Taste test to see if it needs anything, then ladle and serve! Chicken noodle soup is a great meal in itself and is full of nutrition. Besides that it taste wonderful! Please let me know how you make your chicken noodle soup, or if you have other noodle techniques to share.

photos by:  Sherry Tucker.  Top; Chicken Noodle Soup, Second; Chicken in stew pot, Third; farm fresh eggs for noodles, Bottom; Cutting noodle dough into noodles.
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Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Yowbarb on August 26, 2017, 09:58:34 AM
Back to the original concept of this Topic, cysteine and other nutrients from old fashioned chicken soup:

Barb Note: Bone broth can be from chicken bones as well as beef.  This post will contain part of the article, the rest on my following post.
This bone broth article farther below is referred to in Dr. Axe's article, Do You Have SIBO Symptoms? Here is ALL You Need to Know!  SIBO is the acronym for “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,” defined as excessive bacteria in the small intestine.  Link:

[Barb Note: The bone broth is of part of a healing diet SIBO, and apparently should be a regular part of the human diet, anyway.]

Dr. Axe: Bone Broth Benefits
I have found bone broth to be the No. 1 thing you can consume to:

•   Treat leaky gut syndrome
•   Overcome food intolerances and allergies
•   Improve joint health
•   Reduce cellulite
•   Boost immune system
Chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul: There’s a reason that it’s prescribed by doctors and mothers alike when you’re feeling under the weather. All bone broths — beef, chicken, fish, lamb and more — are staples in the traditional diets of every culture and the basis of all fine cuisine. That’s because bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and they boost healing.
Bone broth or stock was a way our ancestors made use of every part of an animal. Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly can be boiled and then simmered over a period of days. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine that have the power to transform your health.
Nutrition researchers Sally Fallon and Kaayla Daniel of the Weston A. Price Foundation explain that bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. They contain chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. (1)
A study of chicken soup (broth) conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center wondered what it was in the soup that made it so beneficial for colds and flu. Researchers found that the amino acids that were produced when making chicken stock reduced inflammation in the respiratory system and improved digestion. Also, research is proving it can also boost the immune system and heal disorders like allergies, asthma and arthritis. (2)
Fallon explains that most store-bought “stock and “broth” today aren’t “REAL.” Instead, companies use lab-produced meat flavors in bouillon cubes, soup and sauce mixes. Also, manufacturers began using monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is recognized as a meat flavor but in reality is a neurotoxin.
If you want real bone broth and real bone broth benefits, you can make it yourself at home, which I explain at the end of this article. You need to get grass-fed bones from your local farmers market or from a online health food store like Wise Choice Market.
Bone broth is a great place to find all of the valuable amino acids, collagen, gelatin and trace minerals. In fact, there are dozens of different nutrients found within bone broth, many of which can’t be obtained easily from other commonly eaten foods. That’s partly why there are so many incredible bone broth benefits.
By regularly drinking bone broth or using it in recipes, you can help promote healthy gut integrity while reducing  permeability and inflammation. Here are the six major bone broth benefits.
1. Protects Joints
Bone broth is one of world’s best sources of natural collagen, the protein found in vertebrae animals — in their bones, skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone marrow. As we get older, our joints naturally experience wear and tear, and we become less flexible.
Why does that matter? As we age, cartilage diminishes as it gets attacked by antibodies (age-related degradation of joint cartilage). As bone broth simmers, collagen from the animal parts leaches into the broth and becomes readily absorbable to help restore cartilage.
One of the most valuable components of bone broth is gelatin, which acts like a soft cushion between bones that helps them “glide” without friction. Gelatin also provides us with building blocks that are needed to form and maintain strong bones, helping take pressure off of aging joints and supporting heathy bone mineral density.
Research done by the Department of Nutrition and Sports Nutrition for Athletics at Penn State University found that when athletes supplemented with collagen over the course of 24 weeks, the majority showed significant improvements in joint comfort and a decrease in factors that negatively impacted athletic performance. (3)
2. Good for the Gut
Studies show that gelatin is beneficial for restoring strength of the gut lining and fighting food sensitivities (such as to wheat or dairy), helping with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut, and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract. A report published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology found that gelatin effectively supports intestinal health and integrity. (4)
Bone broth is easily digested and soothing to the digestive system, unlike many other foods, which can be difficult to fully break down. After all, a food is really only useful if we have the means of absorbing its nutrients.
Studies have found that in individuals with digestive imbalances, serum concentrations of collagen are decreased. (5) Because the amino acids in collagen build the tissue that lines the colon and entire GI tract, supplementing with collagen can support healthy digestive function.
3. Maintains Healthy Skin
Collagen helps form elastin and other compounds within skin that are responsible for maintaining skin’s youthful tone, texture and appearance. Collagen integrity is accredited with helping reduce the visible signs of wrinkles, decreasing puffiness and fighting various other signs of aging. Many people report a decrease in cellulite when consuming foods and supplements containing collagen, since cellulite forms due to a lack of connective tissue, allowing skin to lose its firm tone.
Double-blind, placebo-controlled studies investigating the age-defending properties of collagen have found that 2.5–5 grams of collagen hydrolysate (CH) used among women aged 35–55 once daily for eight weeks supports skin elasticity, skin moisture, transepidermal water loss (dryness) and skin roughness. At the end of only four weeks, those using collagen showed a statistically significant improvement in comparison to those using a placebo with regard to skin moisture and skin evaporation, plus noticeable decreases in signs of accelerated aging, all with little to no side effects. (6)
4. Supports Immune System Function
One of the most remarkable things about bone broth is its gut-supportive benefits, which as described above actually have a holistic effect on the body and support healthy immune system function.
Leaky gut occurs when undigested particles from foods seep through tiny openings in the weakened intestinal lining and enter the bloodstream, where the immune system detects them and becomes hyperactive. This increases inflammation and leads to dysfunctions all over, as the immune system releases high levels of antibodies that cause an autoimmune-like response and attack healthy tissue.
Bone broth is one of the most beneficial foods to consume to restore gut health and therefore support immune system function and healthy inflammation response. Collagen/gelatin and the amino acids proline, glutamine and arginine help seal these openings in the gut lining and support gut integrity. Traditionally made bone broths are believed to support healthy inflammatory response and normal immune system function. (7, 8) Bone broth can even promote healthy sleep, boost energy during the day and support a healthy mood.
5. Boosts Detoxification
Today in the Western world, the average person is exposed to an array of environmental toxins, pesticides, artificial ingredients and chemicals of all sorts. While the human body has its own means of detoxifying itself from heavy metals and other toxic exposures, it often has a hard time keeping up when flooded with an overwhelming amount of chemicals. Bone broth is considered a powerful detoxification agent since it helps the digestive system expel waste and promotes the liver’s ability to remove toxins, helps maintain tissue integrity, and improves the body’s use of antioxidants.
Bone broth contains potassium and glycine, which support both cellular and liver detoxification.
Some of the ways in which bone broth boosts detoxification is by supplying sulfur (especially when you add veggies, garlic and herbs to your broth) and glutathione, which is a phase II detoxification agent that lowers oxidative stress. Stanford University’s Medicine Preventative Research Center has found that glutathione helps with elimination of fat-soluble compounds, especially heavy metals like mercury and lead. It also helps with the absorption of various nutrients, the use of antioxidants and with liver-cleansing functions. (9) Bone broth also increases intake of essential minerals, which act like chelators to remove toxins by stopping heavy metals from attaching to mineral receptor sites.
6. Aids the Metabolism and Promotes Anabolism
Bone broth is a great way to obtain more glutathione, which studies show plays important roles in antioxidant defense, nutrient metabolism and regulation of cellular events. A 2004 study published in the Journal of Nutrition states that glutathione’s roles and benefits include regulating gene expressions, DNA and protein synthesis, cell proliferation and apoptosis, signal transduction, cytokine production, and immune responses. (10)
Amino acids found in bone broth have numerous metabolic roles, including building and repairing muscle tissue, supporting bone mineral density, boosting nutrient absorption and synthesis, and maintaining muscle and connective tissue health. Glycine found within collagen helps form muscle tissue by converting glucose into useable energy, plus it slows cartilage, tissue and muscle loss associated with aging by improving the body’s use of antioxidants. Studies have revealed that glycine protects skeletal muscle loss and stops the expression of genes associated with age-related muscle protein breakdown. (11)
Glutamine is another amino acid that’s important for a healthy metabolism, since it helps us maintain energy by sending nutrients, including nitrogen, to our cells. Arginine also has the role of breaking down nitric oxide that helps improve circulation and sends blood and nutrients to cells throughout the body, improving muscle and tissue integrity and promoting normal wound healing.
Bone Broth Nutrition
  [See next post, article continues]
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Yowbarb on August 26, 2017, 10:02:53 AM
Barb Note: Continuation of Dr. Axe's article,
Bone Broth Benefits for Digestion, Arthritis and Cellulite
Bone Broth Nutrition
Bone broth could be called “nature’s multivitamin.” How so exactly? It’s packed with:
•   over 19 easy-to-absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins)
•   collagen/gelatin, which help form connective tissue
•   nutrients that support digestive functions, immunity and brain health
Did you get that? Bone broth benefits literally every part of your body, from your gut to your brain, from your muscles to your ligaments.
It’s also relatively low in calories yet very high in minerals and other chemical compounds that many people are lacking. There’s no doubt that bone broth makes a great everyday addition to your diet.
Here are six of the key nutritional compounds found in bone broth that help provide all these wonderful bone broth benefits.
1. Glycosaminoglycans (GAG)
Glycosaminoglycans have the primary role of maintaining and supporting collagen and elastin that take up the spaces between bones and various fibers. GAGs are supportive for digestive health since they help restore the intestinal lining, which is why a deficiency in these nutrients has been linked to digestive challenges. (12)
Several important GAGs are found in bone broth, including glucosamine, hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate.
2. Glucosamine
There are two main types of naturally occurring glucosamine: hydrochloride and sulfate. Both help keep up the integrity of cartilage, which is the rubbery substance within joints that acts like a natural cushion. Studies show that glucosamine can become depleted as we get older, so supplements are often used to support joint health.
An easy and relatively inexpensive way to obtain glucosamine naturally is from drinking more bone broth, which helps support the loss of cartilage health, acting as an alternative to pricey glucosamine supplements. (13) Consuming more glucosamine can help support joint health, flexibility and comfort.
3. Hyaluronic Acid
Found throughout connective, epithelial (skin) and neural tissues, hyaluronic acid contributes to cell proliferation, differentiation and mitigation, allowing our cells to perform various functions throughout the body as needed. It offers support for multiple skin types and promotes healthy aging, cell rejuvenation and skin firmness. (14)
4. Chondroitin Sulfate
Chondroitin sulfate is a beneficial glycosaminoglycan found in the cartilage within the joints of all animals. It’s often used to support joint health and comfort, especially in combination with glucosamines.
Studies have found that supplementing with chondroitin supports healthy inflammation response as well as cardiovascular health, bone health, skin health and healthy cholesterol levels. (15)
5. Minerals and Electrolytes
Bone broth provides essential minerals, including electrolytes, all provided in an easy-to-absorb form. Electrolytes found within bone broth include calcium, magnesium and potassium (not to mention many other minerals, such as phosphorus), which are important for supporting healthy circulation, bone density, nerve signaling functions, heart health and digestive health. When added sodium levels are kept low, bone broth contains an ideal balance of sodium and potassium to support cellular health and efficiency.
6. Collagen
Collagen is the main structural protein found within the human body that helps form connective tissue and “seals” the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract. It’s also the gel-like, smooth structure that covers and holds our bones together, allowing us to glide and move freely.
Irritation within the gut that impairs normal digestive functions and causes permeability, allowing particles to pass into the bloodstream, known as leaky gut.
As a rich source of gelatin, bone broth protects and seals the mucosal lining of the GI tract, which means it improves nutrient absorption and also helps keep particles from leaching out where they shouldn’t be.
Bone Broth Benefits: The Magic of Collagen and Gelatin
Real collagen is the source of stock’s immune-boosting properties. You’ve probably seen this jiggling layer atop the broth in your cooling roasting pan and discarded it, but think again next time — this is the good stuff that provides many of the bone broth benefits available.
Collagen is the protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals. It’s abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. The breakdown of collagen in bone broths is what produces gelatin.
Gelatin (the breakdown of collagen) was one of the first functional foods used as a medical treatment in ancient China. Dr. Francis Pottenger and other world-class researches have found gelatin and collagen to have the listed benefits:
•   Gelatin helps people with food allergies and sensitivities tolerate those foods, including cow’s milk and gluten.
•   Collagen protects and soothes the lining of the digestive tract and can aid in healing IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and acid reflux symptoms.
•   Gelatin promotes probiotic balance and growth.
•   Bone broth increases collagen, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and banishing cellulite.
•   Because gelatin helps break down proteins and soothes the gut lining, it may prove useful for leaky gut syndrome and the autoimmune disorders that accompany it.
•   Gelatin provides bone-building minerals in easily absorbable ways, preventing bone loss and reducing join pain. (16)
Here is another incredible benefit from the collagen found in bone broth: It can make your skin look amazing! According to Donna Gates, author of “Body Ecology,” bone broth benefits you skin because it makes it supple and can decrease cellulite!
She says cellulite comes from a lack of connective tissue, and if someone has very smooth skin, it’s because the skin is high in connective tissue. Gates explains that consuming collagen-rich bone broth can reduce cellulite and tighten your skin, making you look younger — adding it to the long list of bone broth benefits.
Bone Broth Benefits: Healing Amino Acids
Gelatin in bone broths contains “conditional” amino acidsarginine, glycine, glutamine and proline. These amino acids also contribute to stock’s healing properties.
Conditional amino acids are those classified as nonessential amino acids that are essential under some conditions. You don’t produce them very well if you are ill or stressed. Kaayla Daniel points out that unhealthy Western diets, heavy on processed carbohydrates, low in quality grass-fed animal products, and devoid of homemade soups and broths, make it likely that these amino acids are chronically essential.
What do these conditional amino acids do? (17)
•   Necessary for immune system function and wound healing
•   Needed for the production and release of growth hormone
•   Helps regenerate damaged liver cells
•   Needed for the production of sperm
•   Prevents breakdown of protein tissue like muscle
•   Used to make bile salts and glutathione
•   Helps detoxify the body of chemicals and acts as antioxidant (18)
•   Is a neurotransmitter that improves sleep and improves memory and performance
•   Helps regenerate cartilage and heal joints
•   Reduces cellulite and makes skin more supple
•   Helps repair leaky gut
•   Protects gut lining
•   Metabolic fuel for cells in small intestine
•   Improves metabolism and muscle building
Talk about some incredible bone broth benefits! For these reasons, I have most of my patients consume bone broth as a partial fast, detox or during meals to help heal their guts and detoxify their cells, gut and liver.
How to Make Bone Broth
There are a few important basics to consider when making good stock. You can make bone broth with animal components alone, but in his chicken soup study, Dr. Rennard found that the combination of animal products and vegetables seemed to have synergistic effects, working together to be more beneficial than either alone.
 Fallon says that it’s important to use body parts that aren’t commonly found in the meat department of your grocery store, things like chicken feet and neck.
You also want to buy animal products that you know are pasture-fed and free of antibiotics and hormones in order to truly unlock all the bone broth benefits.
Fallon describes the essentials as bones, fat, meat, vegetables and water. If you’re making beef broth or lamb broth, you should brown the meat before putting it into a stock pot. Fish and poultry are fine to put in a pot without browning first. Add a bit of apple cider vinegar to your pot to help draw the minerals from the bones.
Cooking Suggestions
1.   Place bones into a large stock pot and cover with water.
2.   Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to water prior to cooking. This helps to pull out important nutrients from the bones.
3.   Fill stock pot with filtered water. Leave plenty of room for water to boil.
4.   Heat slowly. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for at least six hours. Remove scum as it arises.
5.   Cook slow and at low heat. Chicken bones can cook for 24 hours. Beef bones can cook for 48 hours. A low and slow cook time is necessary in order to fully extract the nutrients in and around the bone.
6.   You can also add in vegetables, such as onions, garlic, carrots and celery, for added nutrient value.
After cooking, the broth will cool and a layer of fat will harden on top. This layer protects the broth beneath. Discard this layer only when you are about to eat the broth.
Check out my recipes on how to make Chicken Bone Brothand Beef Bone Broth.
Final Thoughts on Bone Broth Benefits
Remember, bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline.
The collagen in bone broth heals your gut lining and reduces intestinal inflammation. In addition, collagen supports healthy skin and can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Also, the glycine in bone broth can detoxify your cells from chemicals and improve brain function.
I recommend consuming eight ounces one to two times daily as a soup, a plain beverage or doing a bone broth fast to get all these wonderful bone broth benefits. I typically drink eight ounces upon waking every morning.
Have you ever had bone broth? Do you think you might give it a try?
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Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: R.R. Book on August 26, 2017, 02:58:28 PM

Thanks for the tip about adding apple cider vinegar to the broth - I didn't know about that! :)
Title: Re: Old style chicken soup has beneficial nutrient cysteine
Post by: Yowbarb on August 26, 2017, 11:35:48 PM

Thanks for the tip about adding apple cider vinegar to the broth - I didn't know about that! :)

This was new to me too...learned so much reading the articles...
Had not heard of SIBA previously, either.
Also good to know the bone broth helps heal situations like SIBA - small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.