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Collagen vs. Bone Broth: Is One Better Than the Other?

You’ve probably heard a whole lot of hype about bone broth and collagen. You may have also heard that they offer similar benefits.

So what’s the difference between them? Should you have both at once, or should you pick one? Here’s what to know about each of these much-loved health ingredients.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body (1).

It’s the “glue” that holds your body together and is found in your bones, joints, skin, hair, nails, connective tissue, and more. Spoiler: it’s the most coveted ingredient in bone broth!

People who take collagen regularly often enjoy reduced joint pain, more energy, younger-looking skin, thicker hair, and more (2, 3).

Our bodies naturally produce collagen on their own, but from our 20s onward, that natural production starts to decrease by 1% each year (4). This usually results in weaker bones, achy joints, aging skin, brittle hair, and other downsides. One of the reasons people love collagen supplements is because they can help replenish the natural collagen they’ve lost and heal these symptoms.

What Is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is pretty much what it sounds like: a broth made by simmering animal bones and connective tissues. The broth is packed with nutrients, and humans have been making it since the prehistoric era.

Depending on which types of bones and ingredients you use, you’ll enjoy a range of health benefits. Bone broths made from animal bones include calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and other minerals (5). Broths made with fish bones are loaded with iodine (6). Connective tissue in broth includes chondroitin and glucosamine for joint health, while marrow offers vitamin A, vitamin K2, iron, zinc, manganese, boron, and more (7, 8).

And of course, all of these bones and connective tissues in broth contain the most sought-after ingredient of all: collagen (9, 10).

Bone Broth vs. Collagen: Which Is Better?

One of the first things to consider when comparing collagen vs. bone broth is the actual collagen content in each. Health perks like joint health, strong bones, and a youthful glow are most people’s motivation for drinking bone broth. But those are all benefits that come directly from the collagen that’s in bone broth.

Realistically, collagen is just one of many ingredients in bone broth, so you may not experience the results you’re looking for by drinking bone broth alone. A collagen supplement, on the other hand, is collagen in its most concentrated form—that’s sure to give you an array of transformational health benefits.

How Many Grams of Collagen Are in Bone Broth vs. Collagen Supplements?

The amount of collagen in bone broth can vary widely based on how the broth is made and which ingredients are in it. Because of this, you may never know how much collagen you’re getting when you consume bone broth.

One cup of bone broth can contain anywhere from 5 to 17 grams of collagen (11). With collagen powder, on the other hand, you know exactly how much you’re getting—and it comes in one small serving size. When it comes to NativePath Collagen, each scoop contains 10 grams of collagen, and you can mix it into your coffee, tea, smoothie, baked goods, and more. It’s a great option if you don’t want to consume several cups of bone broth every day or have to guess how many cups you need to hit your collagen goals.

The Bottom Line

Collagen and bone broth are both healthy ingredients that can boost your collagen levels. However, collagen supplements are much easier to add to your routine, and often contain more collagen per serving than bone broth. Supplement with NativePath Grass-Fed Collagen Powder to get the perfect dose of collagen each day.

As a writer, editor, and wellness seeker, Claire has written for Self, Health, Prevention, CNN, Mic, Livestrong, and Greatist, just to name a few. When she's not writing, she specializes in traveling, getting lost in health-related research rabbit holes, and finding new ways to spoil her cat.

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  • Margo Land

    I need for my osteo arthritis and not the fish one! I want from cows what should I order
    NativePath replied:
    Hi Margo! NativePath Original Collagen Peptides is consistently formulated with the highest-quality type 1 and type 3 bovine collagen, which make up 90 percent of ALL the collagen in your body and is critical for maintaining the youthful function and appearance of your skin, lean muscle, fat-burning metabolism as well as your joints, bones, hair and so much more! You can order here: https://www.nativepath.com/products/nativepath-collagen-2 Or if you prefer to order by phone, we can be reached at 1-800-819-2993! We look forward to hearing from you soon. Have a great day!

  • Gweneta Maragh-Borden

    I used to have pain in my left hip and now that I am taking Bone health Collagen daily; my pain is gone but I am now having pain in my right hip. Any suggestions?
    NativePath replied:
    Hi Gweneta! Here are some exercises that have helped many people get relief from hip pain: https://www.nativepath.com/blogs/movement/hip-mobility-exercises?pos=4&_sid=56d3d6fce&ss=r You might also like to join our Facebook private community, where our Dr. Chad Walding has exercises and private chats for our customers! If you would like to join us, we would love to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/groups/PaleoSecretCustomers

  • Kathy Hargrove

    Do you still have Krill Oil
    NativePath replied:
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