Bone Broth vs Collagen: Everything you need to know

Written by Nikki Lyn Pugh

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One of the most important things you can do for your health is to make sure you’re getting enough collagen in your diet. Collagen is a protein that helps connect tissues and plays a vital role in keeping skin firm and strong.

 

It’s also important for joint health, gut health, and reducing inflammation.

There are many whole food sources of collagen, but what is the difference between collagen and bone broth?

Let’s dive in!

 

What’s the Difference Between Bone Broth and Collagen Peptides?

Collagen peptides, powders, and supplements are different types of products that all contain collagen. Bone broth is made by simmering bones over low heat for hours. This makes them rich in nutrients such as gelatin, minerals, amino acids, vitamins, and trace elements.

 

Collagen peptides, powder, and supplements are made from purified collagen extracted from cows’ hides, pigs’ skin, fish scales, and other sources. These products are usually sold in liquid form, capsules, tablets, or powders. However, some companies sell bone broth in capsule form. 

 

What is collagen?

Collagen is a tough, strong protein found in muscles and connective tissues. The body uses collagen for many functions including building bones, blood vessels, and skin. When you eat foods rich in collagen, your body is better equipped to fight off disease.

 

Collagen powder is made from animal skins and other animal parts. Glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline are three of the most important amino acids in collagen. Arginine is another essential amino acid that helps the body produce collagen. These all contribute to the health and function of our bodies.

 

Collagen is one of the main proteins found in the body and it helps to keep bones strong and muscles flexible. As people get older, they lose more collagen. This causes wrinkles, makes them less flexible, and can cause a few other health problems associated with aging. People who consume collagen supplements see improvements in their skin, and can even carve up the dance floor again!

 

You can increase collagen levels in your body by taking collagen powder or consuming whole food sources of it, like bone broth. Bone broth is more natural than collagen powder.

 

Collagen is used by many industries including medicine, cosmetics, and food. It’s also used to make artificial skin or leather. Because of this, there is a race to lower prices. In order to do this, manufacturers will use any methods possible to get the job done. This includes cutting corners and using cheap sources of raw materials.

 

Synthetic powders contain artificial ingredients that aren’t found in nature. They may be harmful to our bodies.

 

Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate and Collagen Peptides Oh My

Gelatin and bone broth proteins are denatured and partially hydrolyzed collagen. When cooled, they form gels because the broken up collagen molecules assemble into new structures.

 

Collagen peptides are made when collagen is broken down by enzymes. This process results in smaller polypeptides. These polypeptides are then further broken down by enzymes. Collagen peptides are used as dietary supplements.

 

What About Marine Collagen?

Marine Collagen is just a fancy name for collagen that’s been extracted from fish scales, but it can also be obtained from other sources. It’s used as a dietary supplement to help promote skin elasticity, hair growth, and joint mobility.

 

Marine Collagen contains high amounts of glycine, which is vital for skin elasticity, hair follicle development, and joint flexibility. It also contains proline, which is essential for collagen formation. Both of these amino acids help to maintain collagen levels in the body.

 

Marine collagen offers less glycine than bovine hide collagen, which is the main difference between the two types of collagen.

 

Which one is better?

Collagen peptides are used to achieve the targeted result of collagen. Bone broth is used to provide a variety of nutrients that strengthen hair, skin, joints, and bones. Both collagen peptides and bone broth are beneficial for overall health.

 

Collagen peptides or powdered gelatins can be used in baking cookies to add a chewy texture. Homemade gummy collagen candies can be made using bone broth.

 

Which one should I choose?

The best way to increase collagen levels is to eat whole food sources of collagen, like bone broth. If you are looking for a dietary supplement, collagen peptides may be a better choice. They are more concentrated and easier to digest than whole food sources of collagen. However, they do not contain all the amino acids that are found in collagen.

 

Whichever way you choose to increase collagen levels, make sure to read the label carefully to avoid synthetic ingredients.

 

Why is Bone Broth Popular?

Bone broth is made by slowly cooking meaty bones to break them down into a rich soup. Pre-made bone broth products offer excellent quality and convenience. Consuming bone broth is highly recommended because it contains many other nutrients beside collagen benefits. For example, it’s said to contain many essential amino acids, such as glutamine.

 

Glutamate is a vital amino acid that helps produce neurotransmitters, hormones, and enzymes. It’s also used to make ATP, the energy currency of cells. Bone broth is a great source of this nutrient!

 

Bone broth is also high in glycine, which aids in digestion and detoxification. It helps to regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation. Glycine also helps build muscle and promote healthy skin.

Another beneficial nutrient found in bone broth is proline. Proline helps form collagen and is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails.

 

Many people are choosing to consume bone broth because of the collagen benefits it offers. However, it’s also a great source of other nutrients that are beneficial for overall health. Bone broth can be easily made at home or purchased from a variety of stores.

 

Bone broth is a great source of alkyl glycerols, which helps heal your gut and supports healthy digestion. Anti-inflammatory properties of bone broth have been extensively studied. Regular consumption reduces inflammation. 

 

What is Collagen Used For?

Collagen is a protein that helps connect tissues together. People who eat more foods containing collagen may be less likely to develop arthritis or joint problems. This valuable protein helps hair, skin, joints, ligament, tendon, GI tract, and more. It basically supports the overall health of our bodies.

 

Collagen is a protein found in connective tissue (the stuff that holds your muscles together) and bones. It helps make up about 30% of your body weight and is essential for keeping skin firm and strong. In fact, the word collagen comes from the Greek words kolla meaning glue or cement, and genein meaning to produce. So, collagen means glue or cement that produces something else.

 

When collagen breaks down, it becomes gelatin. Gelatin is used in food manufacturing as a thickener and stabilizer. It’s also used as an ingredient in bone broth.

 

Some people add collagen peptides to their diet to increase the amount of this protein they consume. Collagen peptides are a more concentrated form of collagen that is easier to digest than whole food sources of collagen. However, they don’t contain all the amino acids that are found in collagen.

People use collagen for a variety of reasons including:

 

  • To improve hair health and appearance
  • To reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • To improve skin elasticity
  • To support joint health
  • To improve gut health
  • To improve digestion
  • To reduce inflammation
  • To support the immune system

 

No matter why you want to increase your collagen levels, read the label carefully to avoid synthetic ingredients. There are many whole food sources of collagen available, as well as collagen 

 

In Conclusion

So, whether you are eating a healthy balanced diet or you just really love bone broth, incorporating collagen into your diet is a great way to improve your overall health.

 

Bone broth is a great source of this important protein, as well as other beneficial nutrients. It can be easily made at home or purchased from a variety of stores. And, if you’re looking for a more concentrated form of collagen, give collagen peptides a try!

 


Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens blend contains five types of collagen from four sources. What’s more, it’s combined with targeted nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 which specifically enhance the bioavailability and potency of collagen. Clean Sourced Collagens is formulated from the ground up to enhance and support your body’s natural ability to heal and rebuild itself from the INSIDE out.

Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens
Nikki Lyn Pugh
Nikki Lyn Pugh, MFA, INHC is a natural health researcher and writer. She is also an integrative nutritional health coach specializing in autoimmune conditions, chronic stress, and energy medicine. She loves to inspire people to become empowered with their health through education and gentle guidance. Nikki lives and works in Cottonwood, AZ, with her bunny "Mr. Dot."

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.

  • Check out our Clean Sourced Collagens.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

          • Hello again Customer Service,

            Now that is a much better answer thank you!!! Hopefully this is my last clarifying question:
            When you said “8 grams of collagen per cup …” – does that mean that it takes ONE CUP of Bone broth POWDER to get the 8 grams – or – did you mean that if you put ONE SCOOP of BB powder into one cup of water that you would get the 8 grams of collagen??

            And here’s a new question comparing CSC & Plain BB:
            Your Clean Sourced Collagens label says one scoop (8.5g) has 8g of PROTEIN which is equal to 18% for the DV …..
            Your Plain Bone Broth says one scoop (22g) has 20g of PROTEIN = 2% of DV …. so the DV calculations are out on one of, or both products.

            ie: if you multiply the CSC scoop by 2.59 to make the same 22g scoop as the BB – and then multiply the CSC DV by the same 2.59, it equals 20.72%.

            But the BB says the DV of protein (for the same serving size should equal only 2% …. the BB equivalent shows the DV being only 10% of the equivalent serving size for CSC … which one is correct please??

    • 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!

    • Hi Pete, thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, we do not have that information readily available at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

      What we can tell you is that Bone Broth Protein Powder is Bone Broth that’s been dehydrated at a low temperature and then turned into a powder. It is meant to be mixed with hot or cold water or added to a smoothie or yogurt. You can also add it to your favorite recipes and meals.

      If you would like to learn more about our Organic Bone Broth Protein and see what others are saying about it, we encourage you to check out the following page:
      https://shop.organixx.com/collections/all-products/products/bone-broth-protein-plain

      We hope this helps and wish you a lovely day!

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