Few graduates from the Academy of Light have established themselves as first-team regulars in recent years amid a spending spree which is fast approaching £120million.
But Bruce knows that level of investment is unsustainable indefinitely, and is keeping a close eye on his home-grown talent.
He said: "We have got to. We can't just say it's a one-way thing and we can expect the owner to just keep pumping millions in.
"It's very, very good for every football club, not just financially, for a young player to come through to ease the way forward for them all.
"I have got the highest regard too for [Martyn] Waghorn and [Jack] Colback, who are doing okay as well, and that bodes well for the club."
Waghorn and Colback are currently out on loan at Leicester and Ipswich respectively, but Henderson will hope to keep his place in Bruce's starting line-up for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Wolves.