Bone Broth vs. Collagen: What's the Difference?

By Jill Levy

Bone Broth Protein and Multi Collagen Protein — two of our top-selling supplements — are ideal for anyone who is looking to support the health of their skin, hair, nails, joints, ligaments, tendons and gut. 

Collagen is a type of protein that’s found in real bone broth. So you may be wondering, “Are bone broth and collagen the same thing then?”  

Although some products are referred to as “bone broth collagen,” there are some differences between the two. Both help support healthy connective tissues throughout the body, as well as a healthy gut function and healthy skin. The key difference is that bone broth features collagen, but collagen does not always feature bone broth, though ours does.

What Is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is a traditional type of stock that is made by slow-simmering animal bones in water, sometimes along with chicken feet, joint tissue, cartilage, vegetables and herbs. 

It isn’t your typical stock that is made with meat or fish, but instead is prepared with bones (hence the name!) that inherently features collagen peptides.

Does bone broth have collagen? Yes! Bone broth is a whole food source of collagen, plus it provides other nutrients.

When made into a powdered supplement, Bone Broth Protein is derived from real bone broth liquid. It’s dehydrated to remove water/liquid and then processed and made into a concentrated powder that is shelf-stable, convenient and has many uses.

Bone Broth Protein powder provides many of the same benefits as homemade bone broth, but it's more versatile and easier to consume on a regular basis, since it requires no preparation or cooking.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is a type of structural protein that makes up approximately 30 percent of all the proteins in the human body.

It literally helps to hold the body together (acting as an internal “glue”) by forming connective tissues found all over, including tendons, ligaments, bones and more. Thanks to the presence of collagen in our bodies, we are able to create and maintain the health of our hair, skin, nails, bones and organs, as well the linings of our gastrointestinal tracts.

As a type of protein, collagen is made up of amino acids, especially the types called glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine. While other protein sources like meat, fish and eggs also provide these amino acids, collagen generally has higher levels. This is a key reason that collagen stands out among other foods with protein, and even other protein powders.

When you use collagen supplements, rather than getting it from whole food sources such as bone broth, then you’re consuming what’s called “collagen peptides.” 

Collagen "peptides” are a source of protein that’s available in powder form (which can be mixed with liquid) and capsule form. When a product is referred to as “hydrolyzed collagen,” this means that the collagen has already been broken down into smaller, easy-to-digest particles.

Bone Broth vs. Collagen

Collagen peptides and bone broth powder supplements are made in different ways and can feature collagen from different sources. Collagen powder, for example, can be extracted from bovine hides, egg shells and other sources, while bone broth powder is typically made from bones, ligaments, tendons, etc.

  • Liquid bone broth and our Bone Broth Protein powder feature collagen from one or two sources (typically chicken and/or beef bone broth).
  • Our Bone Broth Protein Pure contains chicken bone broth concentrate with naturally occurring type II collagen, whereas our Bone Broth Collagen includes collagen from beef, turkey and chicken. 
  • Collagen type II also inherently features glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Our Bone Broth Collagen Chocolate and Vanilla products also include eggshell membrane collagen, which offers joint support.

Compared to collagen supplements, high-quality bone broth supplements tend to contain a wider mix of nutrients, including glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid (for chicken bone broth not beef), and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. All of these work together to provide support for the gut, joints and skin.

Multi Collagen Protein not only has collagen type II from chicken bone broth, but also collagen types I, III, V and X from four other sources, totaling five types of collagen.

How do protein and calories in Bone Broth Protein and Collagen Protein compare? 

Overall the two are similar in terms of calories per gram. However, our Bone Broth Protein powder contains more protein per recommended serving (20 grams in BB Protein vs.13 grams in Bone Broth Collagen and 9 grams in Multi Collagen Protein).

All three of these products tend to be well-tolerated and supportive of digestive health and healthy skin. Hydrolyzed collagen is oftentimes especially easy to digest and recommended for those looking to support gut health.

Which One Should I Take?

Now that you know the major differences between these products, it’s time to talk about which may be better suited for you, collagen or bone broth? 

One isn’t necessarily better than the other — it all depends on the taste you prefer, how you plan to use it and your goals. 

If you want to reap the benefits of a heaping pot of homemade bone broth without having to slave over a hot stove for many hours, then try Bone Broth Protein. Some of the attributes that make Bone Broth Protein a great choice include:

  • Contains collagen type II, plus glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid (for chicken bone broth) and 19 amino acids.
  • Provides 20 grams of protein per serving. There is approximately 12.2 grams of collagen in one serving. Can be consumed 1-3 times daily to increase protein/amino acid intake.
  • Comes in several flavors and mixes easily with water, green juice, coffee, almond/coconut milk or smoothies, and can even be baked with or cooked.
  • If you prefer a more neutral taste, the Bone Broth Protein Pure flavor is mostly unflavored and shouldn’t affect the flavor of recipes. Other flavor options include chocolate, vanilla and turmeric.

Bone Broth Collagen and Multi Collagen Protein may be the best options for you if you prefer products that provide several types of collagen. These products are for anyone who is looking to naturally support the body, especially joint, skin, gut, hair and nail support. 

Here are some highlights of Bone Broth Collagen Pure and Multi Collagen Protein overall:

  • Features three to five types of collagen depending on the kind (Multi Collagen Protein provides types I, II, IIIV and X) from real food sources, including chicken, beef, turkey, eggshell membrane and fish.
  • Multi Collagen Protein is unflavored and easy to enjoy any time of day.
  • Bone Broth Collagen Pure has a pure savory, chicken broth flavor. Other collagen protein flavor options include chocolate and vanilla.
  • Provides between 9 and 13 grams of protein per serving.
  • Non-GMO, made without hormones, cage-free and cruelty-free sources.
  • Can be consumed hot or cold. Use it as a base for homemade broths, soups, stews and casseroles. Can also be consumed on its own as a drink.

If you’re still not exactly clear on what you want, we recommend giving Multi Collagen Protein a try first, since it gives you the most types of collagen at an incredible value. You can choose from a number of Multi Collagen Protein formulas that have added ingredients for specific health interests. These formulas include:

Final Thoughts

  • Collagen vs. bone broth, what’s the difference? Bone broth is a whole food source of collagen. But, overall, collagen itself does not contain bone broth.
  • Bone broth is a traditional type of stock that is made by slow-simmering animal bones, ligaments, tendons, etc., in water, which releases not only collagen but also other important nutrients.
  • Collagen is a type of structural protein that makes up approximately 30 percent of all the proteins in the human body. You can get collagen from drinking real homemade bone broth or from taking collagen supplements.
  • Both collagen and bone broth can help to support skin, joint and gut health.
  • Bone Broth Collagen and Multi Collagen Protein may be the best options for you if you prefer products that provide several types of collagen.
Jill has been with the Dr. Axe team for five years. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Fairfield University, followed by a certification as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Jill takes a “non-diet” approach to health and really enjoys teaching others about mindful eating, intuitive eating and the benefits of eating real foods.

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