In most households, fish bones are treated as leftovers that must get as soon as possible in the trash can or, in the best case, they become food for the cats. Contrary to this belief, the nutritionists advise us to cut the meat from the fish and preserve the bones in order to convert them into a useful medicine for our own bones.
Natural Calcium from Fish Bones – Recipe
Both fish meat and fish bones come with very important benefits. Maria Finn, a gastronomic journalist and the author of the book “The whole fish”, has a fascinating recipe involving the natural calcium and omega 3 in the fish bones.
In order to prepare these calcium and omega 3 supplements, cut off the meat of the fish and keep its body and head. Remove as much meat as possible off the bones and then let the bones boil until all the meat comes off them and they remain bare. The water in which the bones were boiled can be used to prepare a soup or a broth, as it is very healthy.
The next thing to do is to put the fish bones on a plate and let them dry for 1 or 2 days. After they are completely dried, put them one by one in the coffee grinder and grind them until you get the finest powder possible.
Mix this powder with an equal quantity of salt or any other condiments and spread over different dishes: salads, sautéed vegetables, rice, soups, roasts, etc.
In order to clean the coffee grinder and eliminate the persistent smell of fish, you must finely grind some raw rice grains, then throw away the powder and clean the device with water and detergent.
Fish bones are an incredible source of calcium, essential Omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, potassium and various minerals that are very well absorbed by our body. They contain nutrients and minerals that are also found in our bones and tendons.
Animals’ bones, very valuable from a nutritive point of view, are an important source of collagen (from which gelatin is made of). These are beneficial for our bones and articulations as well as for the skin, hair, arteries and for all body areas that need collagen, Omega 3 and minerals.
Out of all sorts of animal bones, fish bones are the richest in calcium. They contain a kind of calcium similar to the one in the human bones; this can also be helpful for those suffering from lactose intolerance. Salmon is the most recommended species of fish, its bones containing the high quantities of calcium and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Alongside calcium, magnesium and potassium, glucosamine is another useful substance found in fish bones and other animals’ bones, stimulating the increase of new collagen, treating the affected joints and reducing pains and inflammations.
Most people prepare fish broths or soups and consume them as remedies for bones development and healing, but also as a treatment for skin beauty and rejuvenation.