Bone Broth: The Nutrient-Rich Superfood

Bone Broth | The Paleo Diet

When broth comes to mind, people think boxed chicken or beef stock commonly found on your local supermarket shelves. These conventional broths are often produced in mass quantities, are laden with salt, MSG, and other preservatives, and ultimately contain few nutrients.

In recent years, numerous Paleo followers have praised the consumption of home cooked bone broth on a regular basis for its beneficial healing properties. Specifically, bone broth contains key nutrients such as collagen, glucosamine, and gelatin that are relatively non-existent in the modern western diet. These nutrients are essential for maintaining a healthy gut. Individuals suffering from digestive problems such as leaky gut, IBS, SIBO, or flora imbalance can aid in their healing by regularly consuming bone broth.

Bones are quite easy to come by and are generally inexpensive, thus making the addition of bone broth to your diet a no-brainer.

As you would other foods, source your bones. Ideally you want to search for bones from grass fed cattle or bison, pastured poultry, or wild caught fish. If your local butcher does not carry grass-fed bones, U.S. Wellness Meats and Tropical Traditions are excellent companies for sourcing quality bones.

Best yet, preparing bone broth is simple and requires only a few ingredients and cookware.


Serves 3-4

  • 1-2 lbs bones
  • 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Choice Vegetables


1. Place one to two pounds of bones into a crock-pot or large stock-pot and cover with cold water. Optional: Roast bones beforehand at 375° F to make a darker stock.

2. Add 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar assists in extracting the nutrients from the bones.

3. For taste, add your choice of vegetables. I often add fresh chopped herbs, pepper, garlic, and onions.

4. Place a lid over the pot and set to low or simmer. Feel free to skim any particles from the stock’s surface while it is cooking.

5. For chicken and fish bone stock a minimum 4 hour cook time is necessary. Beef and bison bone stock will be ready in a minimum of 6 hours. I personally let my stock cook for 24 hours, and many others will often let their stock cook for 48 hours.


6. To prevent your stock from going bad, it is important to cool the stock as soon as you are done cooking it.

7. Pour the stock into multiple airtight containers and store what you are going to consume over the next three days in your refrigerator.

8. The rest of your storage containers should be transferred to the freezer and thawed when needed to prevent rancidity.

9. Heat the refrigerated stock on your stovetop before consuming.

10. Enjoy! Your gut will thank you!

Kyle Cordain, The Paleo Diet Team

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“30” Comments

  1. I have been diagnosed with scleroderma which means that my body produces too much collagen….Will you recommend the consumption of home cooked bone broth on a regular basis for its beneficial healing properties? I am concerned that bone broth contains collagen! Please advise

  2. Funny thing that westerners have just discovered this now. The Chinese have been using bone broth recipes for centuries. We use pork bone or chicken bone and slow cook the broth with Jujube dates and Goji berries, add in some ginger and garlic as well. This is a very nutritional broth with lots of antioxidants from the Jujube dates and Goji berries.

  3. No where in any of my books, or on line does anyone give the suggested amount you drink, in one day, 24hr period. So do you only drink 1cup, 2cups, 3cups per day or more?

  4. Thanks for sharing this really simple recipe. I’ve been a disaster at cooking my own so I tried this organic product, Au Bon Broth. It’s surprisingly tasty and actually healthy. I’ve been to a lot of stress being a working mom and bone broth is my go-to to make myself healthier.

  5. Hi,

    I’ve tried making bone broth before because my stomach is very weak and any amount of food at all makes me incredibly nauseas. But the smell and taste of the broth alone makes me want to puke even more. Can the broth be added to other dishes, and still retain the positive effects?


    • It tastes like soup, as most soup base is a bone broth. you drink it hot (least I do) and it’s great to fill that ‘want soup’ need in the winter time.

      look for soups you like, and see if they use beef bouillon cubes to make the broth, that’s another form of what this is distilled into cubes you add hot water too. not as tasty as this method.

  6. I love this diet, I make my own broth. Is so easy, you just put the bones, garlic onions carrots celery I let it boil for 24 hours or 12 you put in 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and Comes out delicious I do it in a big big pot

  7. How do I use beef gelatin in recipes. I added some to plums which I sweetened with stevia. I boiled everything for a while. Later cooled it down and refrigerated it, but it never gelled.
    I used 2 tablespoons of gelatin to 4 cups of sauce.

    • Judy,

      You may want to try using higher ratios of beef gelatin in your recipes in order to increase “gelling.” I also noticed that you mentioned using stevia in your recipe. Stevia and all other artificial sweeteners should be avoided while adhering to The Paleo Diet. Good luck!

  8. I would like to find and acquire bone broth capsules. Where can I purchase any type of bone broth capsules or pills? Thank you.

    willie Brooks

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