Collagen vs Bone Broth: What’s the Difference & Which Do You Need?

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Bone broth powder and collagen powder are two amazing supplements that have definite benefits for your health. You may have heard the names used interchangeably, however, and this can be misleading. The fact is that bone broth powder and collagen powder contain nutrients that can focus on different health conditions and situations. Read on for more information that can help you decide whether a collagen or bone broth supplement is best for you. (Hint: it may very well be both!)

Collagen for Skin Health and Morewoman looking in mirror pulling back sagging skin

We have shared extensively about the numerous health benefits of taking collagen supplementation.

Collagen can be especially beneficial as you age. This is because collagen production and stores start declining once you hit age 20 [1], with this decline usually becoming visibly noticeable after age 40 (at least to ourselves).

Why is collagen so important? In a nutshell, collagen aids with the function of almost every mechanism in your body. It is comprised of super-important essential amino acids such as glycine, proline, tyrosine, and lysine and is the most abundance protein substance in the body. It helps to form the tissues in your skin and internal organs that hold your entire body together. There are even cellular receptor sites for collagen in your hair, eyes, and teeth!

As a result, collagen supplementation can be a great addition to your daily routine if you want healthy-looking hair or to minimize the skin wrinkles that come with age. It is also helpful for stronger nails and wound repair.

According to several studies, collagen can also ease joint pain and arthritis as well. For example, a 2018 meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that collagen supplementation helped reduce knee pain for those with osteoarthritis [2].

Bone Broth Powder: An Overall Super Tonic

Bone broth is a great source of collagen, but collagen is by no means the only substance in this ancient superfood. Bone broth is made from boiling the bones of beef, chicken, fish, lamb, or other meat sources for an extended period of time.

Bone broth can easily be made at home and is a food many people like to consume daily. There are many different ways to make bone broth including in a pot on the stove, in a slow cooker, or a pressure cooker.

As it takes some time to boil the bones, however, many people turn to powdered bone broth supplements that freeze-dry and condense the broth for convenience.

In addition to collagen, bone broth also contains 19 other essential amino acids including glutamine, which is vital for gut function and the immune system, especially in times of stress. It also contains alkylglycerols.

Alkylglycerols are lipids that are also found in colostrum (the first milk produced by mammals after giving birth). Alkylglycerols have been linked to chronic disease prevention and healing, including cancer [3]. Of course, bone broth powder also contains essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Bone Broth in a Bowl

Why Bone Broth Is Good for the Gut

Bone broth can be beneficial as an overall tonic for the body and is especially helpful for those suffering with digestive issues such as Leaky Gut and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Healing the gut is important since digestive health is connected to the overall health of the body. Approximately 80% of immune system cells are produced and housed in the gut. A 2017 study conducted at Virginia Tech University is just one of many recent investigations to make the connection between autoimmune conditions and Leaky Gut [4].

Finally, consuming bone broth may have anti-inflammatory effects. According to studies beginning as far back as the 1990s, this has in large part to do with the presence of chondroitin sulfate, which also has immune-regulatory effects [5].

Collagen vs Bone Broth: Which One Should I Take?

With the long list of nutrients contained in bone broth powder, it is safe to say that this food/supplement is ideal as a tonic that can help you with your overall health. It is great for anyone, really, but is especially ideal for those wanting to boost immunity and help heal the digestive tract.

Collagen powder supplements normally come in the form of “collagen peptides,” also known as hydrolyzed collagen or collagen hydrolysate. A special process called “enzymatic hydrolysis [6]” is used to break collagen fibrils down into smaller parts. This concentrates collagen peptides and makes for super-absorbency in your body.

Collagen in its pure, peptide form can be used to achieve powerful targeted results. These include smoothing out Older Couple Riding Bikeswrinkles, speeding up wound recovery, easing achy joints, helping you maintain bright eyes and thick, shiny, silky hair, and even for helping to keep periodontal disease at bay [7].

Here at Organixx, we offer both our high-quality USDA Certified Organic Bone Broth Protein Powder and Clean Sourced Collagens Blend Powder.

Both of these products are made with the highest quality ingredients and come from animal products that are put through rigorous testing. They never contain GMOs, gluten, soy, grain, nuts, yeast, starch, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Our Bone Broth Protein powder contains 20 grams of gut-healthy protein per serving. Our Clean Sourced Collagens anti-aging blend powder includes five types of collagen as well as collagen-boosting zinc and vitamin C.

When it comes to collagen powder versus bone broth powder, the choice is yours as to which one you can and should take. Many experts recommend both, either alternating them or taking them as needed. (Tip: many members of the Organixx team like to use a scoop of each in their daily smoothie.)

Whatever the case, your decision should be based on your own individual health needs and situation. Knowledge is the key, however, in making an informed choice. We hope this short primer has helped!


Organixx Organic Bone Broth Protein powder comes in 3 flavors and provides you with an incredibly concentrated source of the vitamins, minerals, 19 amino acids, and vital proteins your body needs to thrive… without the hassle of making bone broth yourself.

Article Summary

  • Bone broth powder and collagen powder are two amazing supplements that have definite benefits for your health.

  • Collagen can be especially beneficial as you age. This is because collagen production and stores start declining once you hit age 20, with the results becoming more visible the older you get.

  • Collagen supplementation has benefits for healthy-looking hair and nails, minimizing skin wrinkles, wound repair, and easing joint pain and arthritis.

  • Bone broth is a great food source of collagen. It also contains 19 other essential amino acids as well as essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.

  • As both a food and a supplement, bone broth can help you with your overall health. It is especially beneficial for people wanting to boost immunity and help heal their digestive tract.

  • When it comes to collagen powder versus bone broth powder, the choice is yours as to which one you can and should take. Many experts recommend both, either alternating them or taking them as needed.

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    • Hello, Indi. Thank you for your request.

      You have come to the right place! We did compile this amazing 50 Bone Broth Recipes that we’d love for you to check out (http://bit.ly/bone-broth-recipe-comm-fb). We do have recipes on it that do not have beef, or can be substituted with other meat.

      We hope this helped! Have fun reading the cookbook!

    • Hi Indi,
      Organixx does have a chicken bone broth that my hubby and I use as he is allergic to beef. Not sure if that was what you were asking, but there it is! Hope that helps!

  1. I want organic bone broth which I’ve bought from you before. But now you call it clean sourced? That doesn’t sound good to me can you explain, please?

    • Hi Marian, thank you for your question.

      Our Clean Sourced Collagens and Organic Bone Broth Protein are two different products. We apologize for the confusion.

      You may reference them in our online store here:
      Organic Bone Broth Protein: https://shop.organixx.com/collections/all-products/products/organic-bone-broth-protein
      Clean Sourced Collagens: https://shop.organixx.com/collections/all-products/products/clean-sourced-collagens

      Hope this helps! Wishing you all the best!!

    • I don’t know about you, Marian Stricker, but I didn’t feel like “Customer Service” answered your question. Even if you click on all the articles given as a reference tool, I had to dig deep to find what I think it is you’re looking for. Your questions was “Organic versus Clean Sourced”???
      Here’s what I found buried in a link and then another link from that one:

      “The great news is: Clean Sourced Collagens is certified CLEAN by independent labs. That means every single bottle has been rigorously tested – and certified – to be free of heavy metals… chemicals… and growth hormones that wreak havoc on your health. We’ve spared no expense to ensure that you’re getting all FIVE types of collagen from the highest quality sources available!”

      Another place I read they DO use organic ingredients but they no longer “tout” that it’s ALL organic. That is what I think you really want to know. It still isn’t addressed specifically….but I wanted to share what I took the time to find with you Marian.

      • Hi Connie, thank you for your feedback.

        We’re sorry if you feel we didn’t properly address Marian’s questions. Our Clean Sourced Collagens is not organic but it is free of gluten and GMO’s. It is also certified clean from heavy metals, hormones antibiotics and more. If you would like to learn more, please visit the following page: http://oxprod.organixx.com/collagens. You may also check out our Frequently Asked Questions page here: https://support.organixx.com/802126-Clean-Sourced-Collagens

        Hope you found this helpful! Thank you for being here with us. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  2. Which would be better for enhancing bone density? Dr want me on Fosamax but I won’t take it. I want the best natural option for bone health. Thanks so much!

    • Hi MW, thank you for your question.

      Bone Broth Protein can help with your overall health. It ideally supports immunity, skin & joint health.
      Collagen in it’s pure, peptide form can be used to achieve powerful targeted results. It helps support optimal joint function and mobility.

      When it comes to collagen versus bone broth protein, the choice is essentially yours as to which one you can and should take. Many experts recommend both, either alternating them or taking them as needed. Whatever the case, your decision should be based on your own individual health needs and situation.

      If you would like to learn more about our Clean Sourced Collagens and Bone Broth Protein, feel free to visit the following links:
      Clean Sourced Collagens: http://oxprod.organixx.com/collagens
      Bone Broth Protein: http://oxprod.organixx.com/bone-broth-protein

      We hope this helps. We appreciate you being here with us. Wishing you all the best on your wellness journey!

    • Finding a cooperative doctor is important. My bone density was two standard deviations below normal (look at your lab results if you want to compare). I started taking a Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin D3 supplement. My doctor checked my blood every 3 months and I increased my dosage until it was right FOR ME. The next year my bone density was normal. I am taking bone broth to hopefully fix my “Leaky Gut”.
      I thought maybe more Collagen would help. I don’t know if it is helping tha yett, but my skin is so much better already.

  3. My body really needs bone broth and collagen because I have osteoporosis and I’m starting to get bad wrinkles. My skin does not heal well from wounds. However, I have reoccurring shingles and I’m sensitive to arginine. Can I safely take bone broth and collagen without having a shingles attack? They both have tons of arginine. Or is there something else I can take for these issues?

  4. I have been thinking of this for some time… IF our skin absorbs whatever we put on it, can we not mix up a concoction /cream/paste/whatever using the collagen powder and apply that to our skin for a more area-specific benefit? Maybe you already have recipes for just the sort of thing I am suggesting? If so, please email me. Much thanks

  5. Hi I’m wondering if you have a combo organic collagen and bone broth all in one to buy ? As I’d be interested thanks

  6. I was using your bone broth every day for quite some time but started experiencing terrible bloating and gas which went away when I stopped drinking it. Have you heard of this happening to anyone else, and do you have any idea why it happened? I’m using the collagen now but no longer bone broth.

    • Hi Sandy, thank you for your comment.

      We’re sorry to hear that you experienced these side effects from our Bone Broth Protein. We haven’t heard of anyone else experiencing this. We do apologize.

      We recommend discontinue using the product until you can consult with a physician or specialist who is familiar with integrative or alternative medicine, or you can send the product back to us, and we will be happy to give you a refund less the shipping cost and fees if it is within our 1-year refund policy.

      If you wish to return the product, please feel free to reach out to our Customer Success Department so they can further assist you with this matter. They can be reached by clicking the following support link: https://support.organixx.com/ or by phone at 1-877-750-6455. Our normal business hours are from 9 am – 8 pm ET Monday – Friday and 11 am – 5 pm ET Saturday and Sunday. They will be very happy to help you out.

      Hope this helps. Wishing you a wonderful day ahead!!

  7. I stopped using the bone broth and know I need to go back to it. I ordered a lot of it . Now it is past the date for using it. What’s your thought?

    • Hi Raea, thank you for your question.

      We truly appreciate your concern regarding the date stamp on our products and are happy to provide some clarification on the purpose of the date.

      The first thing to note is that the stamp is a “best by” date. It is not a product expiration date.

      Our products carry a “Best By” date on them. This means the product is still at its intended level of potency on that date before it naturally starts to wane. This is Good News for you!

      Organixx plans for a long shelf life in the manufacturing of our products as all supplements will begin to lose potency at some point. That is just nature taking its course.

      However, because the potency level diminishes at such a very, very, very slow rate, it is our recommendation to utilize our products up to one (1) year beyond the “best by” date as the nutrient value of the product remains viable and usable.

      If you do buy our products in bulk and would like to store them properly for extended use, we recommend that you do not refrigerate supplements unless the label advises you to do so. To store your supplements properly, we advise that you keep them in a cool, dry location away from direct light and heat.

      We hope this has helped with understanding why our products, and quality supplements in general, are still strong and safe to take beyond the “best by” date. We encourage you to do your own research on this topic if you’d like, in order to feel confident in our product. We are providing the following links to assist in your research and to help gain additional education on this topic.

      https://www.theorganicprepper.com/expiration-date-vitamins-medications/

      http://www.healingedge.net/store/article_supplement_expiration.html

      https://www.naturalwellness.com/nwupdate/what-you-should-know-about-supplement-expiration-dates/

      You can always be assured that Organixx has your best interest and safety at heart. Our company’s mission is to empower our customers organically by delivering the highest quality supplements and we stand behind this 100%.

      For more detailed information please contact our Customer Success department.

      Thank you and we wish you a great day!

        • You’re welcome, Malia! It was our pleasure!

          We are glad to know that you found our response informative. It is the mission of Organixx to always provide very informative, helpful and honest content for our followers. Our mission is to empower you organically.

          Thank you so much for being here with us. Wishing you a great weekend!

  8. When you say alternate between the two products…do you mean alternate every other day with one product then the other OR do you mean complete one container of one then switch to the other and then repeat alternation.

    • Hi Nancy, thank you for your question.

      We are sorry for the confusion. This article did mention that many experts recommend using both, either alternating them or taking them as needed, but please be reminded that this is not the advice from Organixx.

      Organixx researches and develops a broad range of nutritional supplements to assist people in accomplishing a wide range of health goals. Some of our supplements are developed and designed to be taken together, as a system. Others were created for a more specific, targeted health goal. While most should have no issue consuming all of our nutritional supplements together, it is always a wise step to consult with your primary healthcare practitioner related to your own unique health needs and health challenges.

      Hope this helps! Wishing you a great day!

  9. Hello Organixx! Last year I was taking a bone broth powder, and when I ran out, I ordered your clean-sourced collagen. I’d very much appreciate you letting me know HOW MUCH COLLAGEN is found in one serving of your unflavoured organic bone broth powder please? And WHICH TYPES of collagen are in your bone broths?

    p.s. I occasionally make my own bone broth at home using organic organ meats, chicken feet, beef bones and some root veggies for flavour + some Apple Cider Vinegar (which is supposed to pull the collagen out of the bones) but I do NOT get a gelatinous end product. I make my bone broth using an Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and have heard that the nutritional benefits (including collagen) are there even though it doesn’t get ‘wiggly’ due to the pressure cooking. Do you have any knowledge that you could share on that please?

    • Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for your comment.

      We appreciate your purchase of the Clean Sourced Collagens and your interest in the Organic Bone Broth Protein.

      You may see the complete ingredients of the Plain Bone Broth Protein here: https://organixx.com/wp-content/uploads/BoneBrothPlain-Organic-label-min.png. Please know that we do not give information on individual quantities of ingredients in proprietary blends other than what is listed on the label.

      You may also refer to the following pages to learn more about the product:

      FAQs- https://support.organixx.com/904721-Organic-Bone-Broth-Protein

      Shop and Customer Reviews- https://shop.organixx.com/collections/all-products/products/organic-bone-broth-protein

      Product Formulation- https://organixx.com/bone-broth-protein/

      Regarding your second question, we are happy to share this informative article on How to Make Healing Bone Broth at Home: https://organixx.com/how-to-make-bone-broth/.

      Please let us know if you have more questions for us, we’re here to help!

      Thank you and we wish you a great day!

      • Thank you for addressing my questions. However, you really did not answer either. Let’s try again: I would like to know how much collagen is contained in each serving of your bone broth so that for future purchases, I can determine which one would suit me best. Your collagen tells me, but your bone broth is a mystery. I am not asking for any proprietary formulas – just simply how much collagen is in each serving of your bone broth please.

        Secondly, I was not asking for instructions on how to make my own bone broth, but rather if you have any concrete information on how a pressure cooker specifically affects the extraction of collagen from the bones used?? Since my broth does not get ‘wiggly’ or gelatenous, I wonder if the collagen is not being extracted or if the use of pressure just makes the consistency different without affecting the nutritional value/content??

        Thanks again ~ Lisa S. – Edmonton, AB Canada

        • Hi Lisa!

          We are sorry if we were not able to address your previous concerns. We are happy to answer your additional questions.

          You asked us how much collagen is in the Organixx Organic Bone Broth Protein. Independent comparison testing of various bone broth products by Consumer Labs found that Organixx Bone Broth contained approximately 8 grams of collagen per cup when prepared according to the product label and adjusted to a serving of 8 fluid ounces. The testers noted that “It is difficult to directly measure the amount of collagen in a bone broth, but this can be generally calculated based on the amount of hydroxyproline found in a product because hydroxyproline occurs at much higher concentrations in collagen (found in bone, marrow, and connective tissues) than in meat.”

          Regarding your second question, we would like to refer this article that explains the best way to make a bone broth: https://organixx.com/what-is-the-best-way-to-make-bone-broth/. Based on the article, it is indeed possible to make nutritious bone broth with a pressure cooker. You may also try using a different assortment of bones to see if you get better result.

          We hope we were able to provide all the information you needed. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

          Thank you for your interest in Organixx. Wishing you a great weekend!

    • Thanks for your question, Teri.

      We are glad to hear that you are using both of the Clean Sourced Collagens and the Organic Bone Broth Powder. We appreciate your purchase!

      Organixx researches and develops a broad range of nutritional supplements to assist people in accomplishing a wide range of health goals. Some of our supplements are developed and designed to be taken together, as a system. Others were created for a more specific, targeted health goal. While most should have no issue consuming all of our nutritional supplements together, it is always a wise step to consult with your primary healthcare practitioner related to your own unique health needs and health challenges.

      Thank you for being here with us. Wishing you the best in your wellness journey!

    • Hi Carolee, thank you for your question.

      As far as taking your Organixx supplements together, it really depends on what works best for you. Both the Clean Sourced Collagens and the Organic Bone Broth Protein are good as stand-alone products and you can take both if you want to.

      For example, Katrina makes her morning drink with both products. You may click here to view the recipe: https://organixx.com/morning-energy-drink-recipe/.

      If you want to start off with one product then slowly introduce another one, that is okay as well.

      Organixx researches and develops a broad range of nutritional supplements to assist people in accomplishing a wide range of health goals. Some of our supplements are developed and designed to be taken together, as a system. Others were created for a more specific, targeted health goal. While most should have no issue consuming all of our nutritional supplements together, it is always a wise step to consult with your primary healthcare practitioner related to your own unique health needs and health challenges.

      When taking multiple products in conjunction with one another, you can always start slowly with smaller doses and gradually work your way up to the recommended dosage per product.

      We hope this helps. Wishing you a lovely day!

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