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Sagging Skin Bringing You Down? Pick Up a Cup of Bone Broth

Marrow soup is being heralded as a formidable anti-aging skin care remedy

There's a new skin care weapon in town and it's giving some credence to the phrase "soup does a body good."

Turns out Grandma was right. Bone or marrow soup, a broth that's steeped from animal bones, is packed full of skin-benefitting nutrients like calcium, potassium and magnesium and also contains collagen, glycosamino glycans, amino and hyaluronic acids.

The nutrients in the broth are easily absorbed by your body and, in addition to working wonders on skin cells, help to; maintain a healthy stomach (and aid in digestion), help muscle repair and growth, balance the nervous system, and boost the immune system. That's probably why it's been a staple in many cultures for centuries.

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And, here's one of the reasons it's making a big impact now: it is like Crème de la Mer in a cup -- only better and much cheaper. "I highly recommend it to everyone who wants clear and firm skin," Julia March, an in-demand NYC facialist says. "Bone soup contains minerals that nourish the skin cells and they calm inflammation in the body -- and consequently on the face as well."

There's a ton of information out there on how beneficial to your overall health drinking bone broth (chicken, beef, lamb, bison, venison, turkey, pork, etc. take your pick) is. And, there are also about a million variations on the same, simple recipe.

You'll need:
•2-3 lbs. bones (organic, non-GMO are best)
•3 smashed garlic cloves
•3 stalks celery, 2 carrots, 2 large unpeeled onions coarsely chopped
•2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
•1 bunch fresh parsley
•1 tsp. salt

You'll:
Place all the ingredients plus 4 quarts of water into a slow cooker or large stockpot. Bring to a boil then set to "low" for 12-24 hours. (The longer you let the soup cook the better it will taste and the more bone benefits you'll reap.) Let it cool, strain out the ingredients and refrigerate. Stock can be kept in the fridge for 4 days and it freezes well.

Note: If you braise your bones before throwing them into the pot you'll have a richer tasting product.

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