Dear Dr. Walt,
Lately I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of bone broth protein supplements. Is this really better than other types of protein?
—Building Stronger Muscles in North Dakota
Dear Consommé Consumer,
Extra protein can help athletes build muscle and can assist older people in preventing or reversing age-related loss of muscle and strength — especially when used in conjunction with resistance-type exercise.
Protein products vary based upon the source of protein. Bone broth protein is a source that is typically produced by dehydrating bone broth derived from chicken or beef bones.
Commercial products are widely promoted via infomercials and the Internet as having an amazing range of benefits, from reducing inflammation and wrinkles, to boosting and improving your mood, and even boosting your immune system.
However, there are no published clinical studies demonstrating these effects in real people taking these bone broth supplements.
Furthermore, there is evidence that chicken bone broth can at times be contaminated with lead, as lead is known to accumulate in bone.
So, I’m not a fan.
My recommendation is usually whey protein, as it is considered by many nutritionists to be “a complete protein” and is rather quickly digested.
By the way, vegans prefer protein from plant sources such as soy, pea, or rice protein.
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