Bone Broth Protein Powder
The newest type of protein powder that's been released is bone broth protein powder. If you're not familiar with bone broth, it's exactly as it's sounds: broth made from boiling the leftover parts of the animal that you wouldn't normally eat.
Bones, marrow, feet, ligaments etc.
In the last few years bone broth has exploded onto the market as a popular ingredient to be used as soup stock (an obvious one), to cook rice, quinoa, pasta or any other carb that requires absorption of water to cook require or even just to sip on. Now you might be wondering why would anyone "sip" on bone broth?
It's incredibly nutrient dense. It contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulphur along with collagen, proline and even glutamine.
Bone broth protein is simply a dehydrated version of bone broth. You still get the massive list of benefits that are commonly associated with bone broth in a much more convenient form.
Benefits of Bone Broth Protein
- It can help to cure leaky gut syndrome. The Gelatin found in bone broth can actually help to heal your the mucosal lining in your stomach. A poor liner can lead to all types of digestive problems.
- Glucosamine is thought to be a natural way to treat joint pain. In a study conducted it was shown that Glucosamine combined with chondroitin sulfate doesn't really help with Osteoarthritis but it probably can help with moderate joint pant.
- Collagen is a protein that makes up 1/3 of human protein. It helps promote healthy skin and strong hair. As we grow older (and abuse our bodies) our collagen production decreases, bone broth protein can help with that.
- Bone broth protein contains many of the necessary minerals that help strengthen bones including magnesium (which also promotes better sleep) and calcium
- It contains Arginine and Glutamine. Both of which have some research suggesting that they can help with athletic performance. This paper suggests that Glutamine may delay the amount of time it takes to reach exhaustion while training.
- Immune system booster. The minerals and marrow can help your body create blood cells, helping to stave off illness. Glycine also helps our body create antioxidants.
- Glycine also helps support the liver, which is responsible for removing the bad from our body.
- As you would expect from a protein powder, it's high in protein to help build muscle.
Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Powder Review
Bone broth protein powder is a fabulous idea, take the benefits of bone broth and create an easy to use supplement that weight lifters are already using; protein powder.
Of course, when a new product is launched there are always going to be downsides and Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Powder is no different.
Problem #1: It's very expensive
Each serving is going to cost you over $2. Most pure whey protein powders cost less than a dollar per serving. Of course, if you're in the habit of buying bone broth to sip on every day this might actually end up saving you money in the long run.
Personally, I'll have bone broth every so-often but I'm not in the habit of slurping it down every single day. If you're in the habit of drinking two protein shakes per day, this would end up costing you an additional ~$700 per year. Not actually that bad, but certainly $700 isn't nothing.
If you're interested in Bone Broth Protein Powder, keep your eye on the market place. If this product remains half as popular as it currently is expect to see a handful of competitors enter the market place. This will provide some cost effective solutions.
Problem #2: It tastes awful
I want you to picture your standard vanilla protein powder. Now I want you to mix your protein powder with chicken broth instead of almond milk or in your shake.
Sounds delicious right?
That's essentially what this bone broth protein tastes like. I prefer the Pure flavour. If the smell or taste of chicken broth is appalling to you, I'd stay clear. Personally, I don't typically use flavoured supplements except to test them.
Ancient Broth Protein Powder comes in four flavours: Chocolate, Vanilla, Pure and Turmeric. Yes, you read that right, Turmeric. The vanilla flavour seems to be the most popular (although I think it's gross) while the Pure, is exactly that the cleanest of the flavours.
Problem #3: Xanthan Gum
The chocolate and the vanilla flavours both contian Xanthan Gum. While it's not a particularly malicious ingredient it can upset some peoples stomachs. If you fall into that category it's worth staying away from this product (or buy one of the other two flavours).
Ancient Broth Protein Powder: The Good
Overall, the upside of this product outweighs the downside. Yes it's expensive and no it doesn't taste particularly good. We don't use supplements because they taste good, we use them to build muscle and improve our overall health.
I love that this protein powder is a natural source of Glutamine and Arginine. I also love the fact that it's made from dehydrated bone broth, an incredibly powerful food.
Assuming this product contains to sell well, there will be me-too's that pop up. As a consumer I'm a big fan of me-too's. It forces brands to compete on price and flavour the two elements that are currently mediocre with this product.
Ancient Broth Protein Powder: Flavors
Currently they offer four flavours. The two most common flavours chocolate and vanilla. Both of which seem suspect, chocolate and chicken broth sounds just as disgusting as vanilla and chicken broth.
Pure is the unflavoured version and my recommendation. It's a bit weird because chicken broth is a flavour I'm used to consuming as a hot, thin liquid but I was able to get over that.
Finally, they also sell it in Turmeric which I'm going to try. Although it sounds strange for a protein powder, it does sound promising - chicken broth and turmeric rolls off the tongue a lot easier than chicken broth and vanilla.