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Bone Broth & Collagen - Is there a difference?

What is the difference between Collagen and Bone Broth?

Collagen and Bone Broth have become increasingly well known in the health and wellness community but are they the same thing?

Firstly collagen is just collagen and depending on the source of that collagen will contain with Collagen Type I, Collagen type II and Collagen Type III. Bone Broth on the other hand is a wholefood which contains high amounts of Collagen but also many other beneficial ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Glucosamine and Minerals. Because bone broth is a food it is safe to consume at any age and while pregnant. So which one is better? Well that depends on what you are looking to achieve.

The other difference is that hydrolysed Collagen can be diluted in cold water. Bone Broth comes in both liquid and powder form and the powder form cannily be dissolved in hot water. Both are versatile and may be used in a number of ways.

Broth & Co Bone Broth Powder has a neutral flavour just like collagen and so both are a great way to incorporate into recipes that are less savoury.


Bone Broth

Bone broth is a traditional type of stock that is made by slow-simmering animal marrow bones in water, along with vegetables and herbs. Bone broth is a whole food source of collagen, amino acids and protein as well as minerals, it is considered a wholefood.

Bone Broth, whether liquid or powder has the same nutrients The powder being dehydrated bone broth is more concentrated and needs to be rehydrated to consume. It is shelf-stable and more convenient to take on your travels.

Broth & Co Bone Broth is made the traditional way and provides the same benefits as homemade bone broth because we use the same ingredients you would use at home, simmered for 24hours and is high in collagen, protein and minerals. Easy to consume because it tastes great and is ready to use.


Collagen is a type of structural protein that makes up approximately 30 percent of all the proteins in the human body. Collagen acts as an internal "glue"  by forming connective tissues including tendons, ligaments, hair, skin, nails, bones and organs, as well the linings of our gastrointestinal tracts.

Collagen is made up of amino acids, such as 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." Hydrolysed collagen is the same thing and is also easy to dissolve in cold water.

Collagen Versus Bone Broth

Collagen peptides and bone broth powder supplements are made in different ways and can feature collagen from different sources.

Bone broth is a whole food with many nutrients including gelatin, collagen, amino acids, other proteins, hyaluronic acid and minerals. It is rich in a variety of tissue-supporting amino acids, but those in bone broth come specifically from the bones and connective tissues of the animals as do the minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, manganese, zinc and sodium. Because bone broth contains a variety of nutrients beyond the amino acids they all work synergistically with each other. When our immune system is needing support, or our overall health needs a boost, bone broth is a good tonic. As we move into the colder season, and immunity becomes more of an issue, bone broth may be something you want to try making as a way to support your immunity.

Broth and Co beef bone broth powder has been independently analysed and found to contain 3.6g of collagen per 5g serve.

Broth & Co bone broth liquid and powder contains plenty of collagen, but that's not all. It also contains nearly 20 other forms of amino acids, plus minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.

 Here are some of the associated benefits:

  • Healing digestive issues and lucky gut
  • Promoting gut health and boosting the immune system's efficiency
  • Anti-inflammatory effects which can also help prevent a variety of diseases and health issues

Collagen is made by breaking down the hides, skin and scales of animals or fish, using water and heat to make gelatin. From there, an enzyme is added to break down the gelatin into collagen.

Both are beneficial however bone broth is full of a long list of nutrients and is a wholefood. Collagen peptides are a very simple supplement that only contains the amino acids found in collagen but great in helping to reduce fine lines, improve hair and nails and help with joint health.

As we age our bodies produce far less collagen so supplementing with either bone broth or collagen powder is a great way to help the body build more collagen.

The different type of Collagens

Collagen types I, II, and III account for 80 – 90% of the collagen in the body. These types of collagen are important to note because they serve different functions. Collagen types I and III, which you can get from beef-based bone broth, are found in our skin, bones, and tendons. They are associated with "beauty from within" like skin and nail health. Type II collagen, found in chicken bone broth and beef cartilage, is better for supporting joint health. Collagen type II is 10% of the collagen found in the body.