Bone Broth and Collagen Benefits for Your Health

Some people call bone broth meat water, others may call it liquid gold.

So, what makes Bone Broth so special? The short answer is collagen. Bones and connective tissue are the only true dietary sources of type II collagen – a protein that’s known for keeping skin smooth and supple and teeth and joints healthy, as well as touting dozens of other health benefits.


In addition to collagen, bones are also loaded with several anti-inflammatory amino acids, minerals, and compounds that can help speed up your body’s own healing processes from things like sports injuries, arthritis, or leaky gut.

The bone scraps that most of us usually toss in the garbage are serious nutritional powerhouses. Since most of us don’t chow down on a piece of cow’s knuckle, snack on an ox tail, or eat bones in their whole form, cooking them into a broth that’s simmered for 10 to 20 hours (or more) is the best way to release their powerful nutrients, and experience a whole new level of health.


We get asked quite a lot as to what is the difference between bone broth and collagen?   The key differences are in the nutrient-profile and how they’re made.


You can think of bone broth as general overall support for the body. It contains a wealth of key nutrients, including proteins like collagen that are rich in important amino acids like glycine and glutamine. It also contains an array of minerals (i.e. calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc) as well as releasing joint friendly glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) when the beef or chicken bones simmer for 6-24 hours.


Collagen is a protein found in bone broth, but it can also be isolated via a process called hydrolyzation which creates a more concentrated collagen powder supplement. This can be hugely beneficial because you get much bigger doses of collagen, and collagen-specific amino acids like glycine, glutamine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine. These amino acid “all-stars” are terrific for keeping joints healthy, your digestive system running on all cylinders and toning down your nervous system to support recovery.


So, below is a break down into several health areas, which we hope will also help you on this journey for great health. After all, knowledge is power…. healing power.


Heal Your Gut + Digestive Aid

Bone broth collagen has a rich history of being used as a digestive tonic, especially in traditional Chinese medicine some 2,500 years ago. Today, it’s one of the top recommended foods for improving symptoms of chronic digestive conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, and colitis. The reason for why bone broth supports the gut goes back to collagen, which forms gelatin when it’s cooked down even further. Collagen and gelatin contain amino acids that support inflammation relief in the GI tract – such as glutamine.

Although research is in the early stages, there’s evidence to show that leaky gut is the primary underlying cause of digestive conditions. It’s also a contributor to autoimmune diseases, depression, brain fog, anxiety, allergies, eczema, acne, and chronic low energy. Worst of all, leaky gut can be silent and show no symptoms in the early stages. It’s also believed to affect over 70% of the population. Bone broth is recommended on special gut healing diets and protocols, like the GAPS diet, the SCD diet, and the Low FODMAP diet.


Soothe Inflamed Joints and Relieve Arthritis

Whether it’s an injury, arthritis, or sore muscles, there’s no better way to nourish your bones and joints than by consuming more of the nutrients already found within them, including hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin, calcium, and magnesium. Bone broth is packed with all of these nutrients, plus several amino acids that help reduce joint pain and inflammation, like glycine and proline. It’s for these reasons that bone broth is becoming a go-to recovery drink among athletes.


Better Skin, Hair, and Nails

Even if you had never heard of bone broth before, you’ve probably heard of collagen, thanks to the beauty industry. Many anti-aging skincare lines add collagen to their face creams, moisturizers, and serums (and sell them for a pretty penny). But what many people don’t know is that collagen molecules are too big to be absorbed through the skin, which means these creams can’t provide much in the way of results. The good news is that collagen can be absorbed through your digestive system. And because there’s a direct link between the gut and the skin, adding bone broth to your diet is going to have a far more powerful and lasting impact on the overall appearance and health of your skin. Let’s not forget about hair and nails, which are made up of proteins like collagen. Collagen helps strengthen nails, and encourages hair to grow in thicker, quicker, and take on a healthy shine.


Better Sleep

Deep, restful sleep is something we could all use, and for some-any improvement in sleep is a welcome friend. Stats show the average person gets less than 7 hours of sleep per night, so it’s important to do everything you can to make those hours count. Bone broth is rich in glycine, an anti-inflammatory amino acid that works on the Central Nervous System (CNS). When taken before bed as a supplement, studies show glycine can improve sleep quality and reduce daytime drowsiness. It’s even more effective when paired with other sleep-supportive nutrients, like calcium and magnesium. Bone Broth can be a wonderful night cap.


Above is listed just a few of the benefits of Bone Broth and Collagen.  If you want real bone broth and real bone broth benefits, you can make it yourself at home. If you don’t want to spend that time or effort, you can also purchase powder made with bone broth. It’s a very popular supplement (with many different flavors) that can be used in smoothies, baked goods and more – and there are plenty of bone broth protein benefits.


Bone broth and collagen are great additions to your nutritional arsenal, find the right mix to suit your goals! If you would like the recipe for making your own bone broth, just come in and visit and ask us for a copy, and continue to



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