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Bone broth can be a good source of protein, an essential nutrient for muscle growth and maintenance. Bone broth is especially rich in collagen (the main protein found in bone), and for this reason, is often promoted for a wide range of health benefits.

Clinical studies show that collagen may help reduce joint pain associated with physical activity and osteoarthritis, increase bone mineral density, and help reduce wrinkles and increase skin elasticity. However, although bone broth has been promoted for such uses, most studies of these conditions have used collagen supplements, not bone broth. Bone broth has also been promoted for boosting the immune system and healing the digestive tract, although, again, these uses have not been proven with bone broth.

Amounts of collagen are not typically listed on labels, but ConsumerLab tests of popular bone broths showed how much collagen and total protein is in each. The tests also revealed how much sodium was in bone broth — and that labels were not always accurate.

See ConsumerLab's Bone Broth Review to learn more about the evidence regarding the benefits of bone broth, what to look for on labels, and ConsumerLab's Top Picks among bone broth liquids and powders based on quality, protein, collagen and sodium content, taste and cost.

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JR17148
September 5, 2018

I am susceptible to attacks of gout - it was predicted to be so by my family doctor some years back, and he was right. I has a serious attack about 2 years ago: one Monday morning, I could barely walk across the room from pain that included my left knee and entire right foot. I immediately went onto a bland diet and by Thursday was much better. That night, the attack resumed, and I realized that the only thing I had done that day was to resume using up my excess supply of homemade chicken/pork/beef bone broth. Lesson learned.
My case may be exceptional because I have only one kidney - nephrectomy in 1969.

Kathleen18077
June 23, 2019

Thank you for sharing. My grandson has arthritis but he has only one kidney, so this is very helpful.

Alan18686
December 1, 2019

I, too, have gout. You mentioned you "immediately went onto a bland diet and by Thursday was much better." Smart of you, indeed. What helped me most of all was following the advice of one Michael Greger, MD. On his suggestion, I became a vegan. While I occasionally miss the taste of animal flesh, I don't miss the gout attacks. Not a medical expert here. Follow the advice of your healthcare professional. Take my comment for what it's worth.

Christine17132
September 2, 2018

I was having health issues and I kept improving my diet (whole foods, etc.) and the weight came off over a period of years (40#), but you'd think I had fatigue syndrome as I dragged myself through each day. I was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus and when the medical profession's response to that was to endoscopy annually in case it became cancerous, I went to my ND and went on a protocol of diet (included bone broth) and targeted supplements. There was no sign of it at my next endoscopy. The fatigue was still with me and I believed that it was gut related--eating well without benefit. I ended up getting tested for IgG and IgA protein food intolerances and I tested intolerant to 43 of 86 foods ranging from levels 1-6. Bone broth was part of the protocol I used and 5 months later my gut was healthy again and I have been gradually seeing improvement in multiple areas. To this day I regularly make my own bone broth and drink it or use it as a soup base. I believe bone broth used in conjunction with other protocol components played a crucial / supportive role in my healing of both conditions--synergy at play if you will.

Donna 18295
September 4, 2019

Could you share what the other protocol components were, please? I have been struggling with a similar situation and would be grateful to know what may have helped others.

lisa18491
October 9, 2019

Did you drink alcohol. I must admit I drink 3-4 glasses of wine a day. Retired. Relaxing. But how much is it hurting me?

Michele17131
September 2, 2018

I've read articles which say that bone broth has a high lead content. Is there any truth to that?

ConsumerLab.com
September 4, 2018

Hi Michele - There is some concern about lead in bone broth, as noted in the "Quality Concerns" section of our Bone Broth Review: https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/bone-broth-review/bone-broth/#quality. ConsumerLab tested the bone broths in the review for contamination with lead, arsenic and cadmium, and you can find the results of those tests in the "What CL Found" section of the review: https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/bone-broth-review/bone-broth/#whatclfound.

Ceara17129
September 2, 2018

The best bone broth - and the cheapest - is the kind you make yourself. Buy bone carcasses and use something like the Instant Pot to cook them. Directions are online and on You Tube. Add the broth to sauces, soups, etc.

Myrtoashe17259
October 24, 2018

Indeed, and I would love if ConsumerLab routinely tested BPA, BPS, phthalate, and other contaminants present in packaged foods, and perhaps also some capsules.

I could not bring myself to buy broth packaged in plastic online. But then even if you buy it at the store, are the containers lined in perfluorinated compounds?

Also, we need research that assesses people over a range of conditions: it does you less good if the bone broth improves your arthritis, but the extra dose of plastic you got gives you diabetes.

Carrie17263
October 26, 2018

How does plastic cause diabetes??

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