Bone Broth vs Collagen: Everything you need to know

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.


    • 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!

    • 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 ( 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!

  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?

    • 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: You may also check out our Frequently Asked Questions page here:

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

    • 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.

      Hope this helps! Wishing you all the best!!

  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!

    • 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.

    • 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:

      Bone Broth Protein:

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

  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

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