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Cold Killers: the Next Best Thing to Bone Broth?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 28, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Kind of an urgent question. I feel a nasty cold coming on and am all out of homemade beef and chicken bone broth with no bones laying around anywhere to be cooked. I've used it in the past with amazing results, but I'm dry and it'll take a couple of days to get some more on the go.

Anyone have a suggestion for a bone-broth backup that has similar healing properties? What about organic packaged broth - is there any true boney goodness, or are they really just watery soup?

Thanks!

2cdd1c775683f760390d80cdb984fc13

on March 29, 2011
at 04:41 PM

MSG is a Migraine trigger for me and makes my face turn red...REALLY red. I have never had a reaction at the Pho place I go to. Maybe I'm just lucky to have found a good one.

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(5639)

on March 29, 2011
at 04:15 PM

I used to bartend at a Vietnamese place in NYC, and they told us/customers "We DO NOT use MSG in the broth." 2 days later, what do I see as I walk through the kitchen? Kevin dumping scoop-fulls of MSG powder into the stock pot. I asked and they said, "It makes it taste better, and it sells better when we have MSG in it, even if people think they don't want it, they do." Can't always trust em.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on March 29, 2011
at 12:33 PM

call me a masochist, but i actually sort have come to like the taste! i swear it will cure cancer.

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(3259)

on March 29, 2011
at 12:22 PM

Tried it last night - seemed to help sleep. Thanks!

Bcc4479de4f16939076e0a00e2db1261

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on March 29, 2011
at 03:14 AM

Vit D-3 definitely works. Stops a runny nose, sore throats, and coughing. With Vit D-3 I can ward off all symptoms of a cold except the stuffy nose. It helps but i still get them. I probably take 60 to 80K IUs a day when a cold is upon me.

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on March 29, 2011
at 12:14 AM

sounds brutal!!! but kinda yummy.

21e8ad2e1dcdb3a7c439b261f7efd9f0

on March 29, 2011
at 12:01 AM

...if you don't die in the process, right? seriously now... what's that a cold?

2cdd1c775683f760390d80cdb984fc13

on March 28, 2011
at 08:54 PM

Depends on where you go. The one I go to does not use MSG. (I'm MSG-sensitive, so I had to ask)

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on March 28, 2011
at 08:36 PM

I love pho as much as the next person, but be aware that what makes the broth taste so good is the huge amount of MSG in the broth. That's why you always feel thirsty after a huge bowl of soup.

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on March 28, 2011
at 07:56 PM

Some supplement with 50,000 IU of Vit D3 for a couple of days to nip a cold in the bud. If you are not getting enough sun daily or not supplementing with Vit D3, your immune system not be up to snuff to ward off invading bacteria and virus.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/28750/do-you-know-how-vit-d-assists-the-body-in-warding-off-diseases#axzz1Huv89Cyb

Bcc4479de4f16939076e0a00e2db1261

(94)

on March 29, 2011
at 03:14 AM

Vit D-3 definitely works. Stops a runny nose, sore throats, and coughing. With Vit D-3 I can ward off all symptoms of a cold except the stuffy nose. It helps but i still get them. I probably take 60 to 80K IUs a day when a cold is upon me.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on March 28, 2011
at 08:41 PM

ok, i have this thing that i do, and it works better than bone broth. better than anything. but, its not for the faint of heart. gird your loins!

ready??

quart of cold water in a saucepan. add 8 (or more) smashed garlic cloves, about 2-3" of fresh ginger, minced and as much cayenne pepper (or de arbol) as you can stand. simmer for a long while- low and slow. turn off the heat and squeeze in the juice of two lemons. drink it AS HOT AS YOU CAN STAND IT. thats important. it has to be hot enough to be sort of uncomfortable, but not so hot as to burn you. reheat if necessary. drink a mug every hour. tomorrow you will feel a thousand percent.

let your partner know that you will stink for a couple of days.

21e8ad2e1dcdb3a7c439b261f7efd9f0

on March 29, 2011
at 12:01 AM

...if you don't die in the process, right? seriously now... what's that a cold?

F6019c693fc981657b1efa602298bc2d

(429)

on March 29, 2011
at 12:14 AM

sounds brutal!!! but kinda yummy.

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(3259)

on March 29, 2011
at 12:22 PM

Tried it last night - seemed to help sleep. Thanks!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on March 29, 2011
at 12:33 PM

call me a masochist, but i actually sort have come to like the taste! i swear it will cure cancer.

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Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

on March 28, 2011
at 08:02 PM

I swear by fenugreek tea and oregano oil. When I start to feel under the weather, I drink the tea all day long (I start to smell it in my sweat!), and take the oil sublingually twice a day. As someone with an immune deficiency, this has kept me healthy and strong (along with the paleo diet) for 4 years!

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on March 29, 2011
at 04:21 PM

I eat garlic. Lots of raw garlic. 2 or 3 cloves at a sitting, once in the morning, and once at night. Sorta like the garlic broth answers above, I just skip the cooking part. I find that it seems more potent raw, and you don't have to drink as much broth. I usually have a glass or two of water with each clove as well to soften the blow to my poor tum tum.

Stay hydrated. Take a steaming hot shower, then as cold as you can stand, then a hot hot bath and soak for awhile.

I've never tried bone broth. I guess I should start making some!

EDIT: I now try to consume at least a cup of bone broth per day. The Meat Hook, near my place in Brooklyn sells giant quart containers of amazing pastured chicken and beef bone broth that's packed with gelatin for $5.99. It truly is nature's perfect food, and I can even drink it when I'm puking my guts and can't keep down water on REALLY hungover days, and it will set me straight.

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D7e91b5f5420c05ffdb9f9f831c0dc82

on March 29, 2011
at 02:40 PM

It may be the gelatin and its amino profile contra muscle meat protein in good natural stock that helps with immune response and anti-inflammatory action. Recent discussion in the paleosphere about this, search masterjohn and ray peat. Perhaps a packet in a can of storebought broth will tide you.

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B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on March 29, 2011
at 03:26 AM

A cold remedy I've made for friends and family and recommended galore:

-garlic cloves -honey -lemon juice

  1. Put a couple garlic cloves in a pot (peeled and roughly chopped) with about 3-4 cups of water (you don't need to be exact, just wing it).

  2. Bring to a boil. Meanwhile, juice a couple lemons right into the pot.

  3. Add honey to taste.

  4. After it's been boiling for 5min+ or to tenderness of the cloves, turn off the heat and pour a cup.

  5. Drink it all up. For best results, drink a couple times throughout the day.

*The garlic really doesn't taste bad, the honey and lemon mask it a bit, and the tea tastes pretty good. *The garlic and honey act to stimulate the immune system!! Revin' up the white blood cells. Divide and conquer. *The honey and lemon soothe the throat.

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1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

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on May 30, 2012
at 05:53 AM

Tinctures of olive leaf and goldenseal do wonders. You can pick them up at any health food store. Squeeze a dropper-full in a glass of water twice a day until the symptoms begin subsiding. It won't completely prevent a cold, but it'll reduce the symptoms and duration significantly.

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042553cac48eba17b6b62ec3ea97eddc

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on March 29, 2011
at 03:47 PM

nin jiom (it's honey and herbs) if you end up getting sick with this 'cold'. there's been a brutal form of influenza a going around. also steam tents over a sinkfull of hot water laced with essential oils (eucalyptus/pine/tto/whathaveyou help. ~be well~

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2cdd1c775683f760390d80cdb984fc13

on March 28, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I only use the pre-packaged broth in recipes. They just don't have enough substance for me to be eaten on their own. I swear by Vietnamese Pho when I have a cold. Latest in Paleo just posted a recipe for it last week. But if I'm sick and don't feel like cooking, I'll go to a Pho restaurant and order a big bowl with extra meat, no noodles (yes, they look at me funny, but whatever). Something about the tendon broth and the herbs just clears me right up. Good luck and get well soon!

2cdd1c775683f760390d80cdb984fc13

on March 29, 2011
at 04:41 PM

MSG is a Migraine trigger for me and makes my face turn red...REALLY red. I have never had a reaction at the Pho place I go to. Maybe I'm just lucky to have found a good one.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on March 29, 2011
at 04:15 PM

I used to bartend at a Vietnamese place in NYC, and they told us/customers "We DO NOT use MSG in the broth." 2 days later, what do I see as I walk through the kitchen? Kevin dumping scoop-fulls of MSG powder into the stock pot. I asked and they said, "It makes it taste better, and it sells better when we have MSG in it, even if people think they don't want it, they do." Can't always trust em.

28bd65a868abd76e0d544d91b46a975e

(346)

on March 28, 2011
at 08:36 PM

I love pho as much as the next person, but be aware that what makes the broth taste so good is the huge amount of MSG in the broth. That's why you always feel thirsty after a huge bowl of soup.

2cdd1c775683f760390d80cdb984fc13

on March 28, 2011
at 08:54 PM

Depends on where you go. The one I go to does not use MSG. (I'm MSG-sensitive, so I had to ask)

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