Buyer’s Guide: Collagen & Bone Broth

Supplemental collagen from bone broth and other sources is a hot topic right now among health experts, probably because collagen is the most abundant protein in our body—and a critical component of our skin, hair, bones, nails, tendons, cartilage and joints. Really…it’s the glue that holds our body together, making up 30% of our body’s proteins and 70% of our skin’s proteins.

There are 3 main types of collagen; Type 1 and 3 are essential to skin, bones and muscles, and Type 2 is essential for proper functioning of our joints and cartilage. Because it’s such a vital component of our body, collagen from bone broth and supplements can help heal a troubled gut, protect our joints and help arthritis pain, reduce wrinkles, boost our immune system and even help us sleep better.

Of course, you can make your own bone broth, but that can take anywhere from 6 to 15 hours depending on the bones used. Concentrated powders and supplements are a quicker way to add collagen to your healthy diet. Here’s what you need to know about this powerful protein source.

Type Source Unique characteristics Ones to try
Bone Broth Collagen Boiled bones, skin and cartilage An excellent source of Type 1, 2 and 3 collagen

A great protein boost, paleo-friendly, gluten-free and easy to digest

Jarrow Formulas Beyond Bone Broth Powder provides Type 1 and 2 collagen for healthy joints, calcium for strong bones and added ginger for aiding digestion

Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein is beef based, providing Type 2 collagen and 20 g of protein, along with natural botanicals like alfalfa grass that make it ideal for supporting joints before weight-training exercises

Collagen Peptides Collagen from animal sources is treated with enzymes like lime to break down the collagen into smaller molecules (peptides) with high bioavailability Source of Type 1 and 3 collagen

Easily absorbed by the body and very easy to mix into hot and cold beverages since it won’t gel

NeoCell Marine Collagen with Hyaluronic Acid is a powder made solely from tilapia fish (not beef) and is a good source of Type 1 and 3 collagen

Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides comes from pasture-raised, hormone-free cows from sustainable farms in Brazil

Reserveage Nutrition Collagen Replenish comes in easy-to-take capsules, with added hyaluronic acid and vitamin C that target wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity

Plant-Based Collagen Organic plants

Since collagen is an animal product, vegetarians can help their bodies produce more of its own collagen with specific vitamins from plants and minerals

Garden of Life mykind Organics Plant Collagen Builder combines collagen-boosting silica from bamboo with hair and nail enhancer biotin and botanical antioxidants

Natural Factors BioSil Hair Skin & Nails helps increase bone density when taken with calcium and vitamin D