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Microblog: Too Much Collagen Can Make Oxalates in the Body

Microblog: Too Much Collagen Can Make Oxalates in the Body

I love bone broth. Bone broth has so many of the minerals that we desperately need in our bodies to be the spark plugs to get things properly functioning. Bone broth is considered an elixir of health with all the benefits it provides.⠀

Bone Broth Considerations

⚖️But as with all things in nature, there is bio-individuality and our body’s innate desire to be in homeostasis. Bone broth is good for gut health. Collagen and gelatin are proteins that are found in bone broth that are essential to build and repair the GI tract lining and possibly heal leaky gut.⠀

⚠️But with certain gut health issues, bone broth may not be the answer. If you have histamine intolerance which is essentially an overactive response from your immune system, you may have to focus on meat stock and less bone broth.⠀

❓Meat stock vs. bone broth?⠀

🥘The difference is essentially cooking times and the types of meat. Many people think that meat stock is better because the less cooking time helps to bring down the histamines released but it’s also because most meat in meat stock has less collagen than bones used for bone broth (marrow bones).⠀

🚨Yes, some people with gut health issues react to collagen. I hate to say this because I’m a huge fan of bone broth but if you struggle with candida or yeast overgrowth, you may want to stop the bone broth for now.⠀

📖I touch on this in my @CarnivoreCure book, “Candida can produce a number of enzymes that can cause pathways in the oxalate metabolism to become overwhelmed. Once these pathways become overwhelmed, a greater accumulation of oxalates will occur in the body.”⠀

‼️And one way to exacerbate this whole process is by consuming too much collagen. Our bodies can’t consume collagen (too big a molecule) so we consume hydroxyproline, which if you have candida and say a deficiency in vitamin B6, then you are shoveling your collagen supplements to become oxalates.

💡If you don’t feel as optimal after consuming bone broth, some of these factors may be why. At least bone broth is in nature’s balanced ratios. I can’t say the same for collagen powders.

Nutrition with Judy


  • John Thurloe
    July 8, 2022 at 7:12 am

    This is exceptionally well reasoned. Additionally, many collagen supplements are contaminated with [not often declared] hostile excipients. For folks with a already over stressed liver, gallbladder collagen and/or bone broth will worsen and confuse their symptom picture. Plus, when such is typically the case a yeast dysbiosis is also in play. Not to mention the oxalate-kidney overload factor.
    The author here is far better informed and has a more complete understanding than is common among observers about things carnivore and this is a crowd that is quite smart generally.

  • Lana B
    December 8, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Do you know if consuming too much collagen peptides, as in unflavored Vital Proteins, will produce oxalates?

    • Mary Butera
      January 6, 2024 at 11:19 am

      Have you received a reply to your question?
      I have a staghorn stone 3cm in my kidney. All this information on oxalates
      Is new to me and scary. Surgery January 8!

  • Tyson MacInnis
    May 1, 2024 at 6:54 pm

    hi there
    at what DOSE of vital collagen protein , will it convert to oxalates? even at one gram if someone is sensitive to oxalates, will be too much?
    email me at tysonmacinnis@hotmail.com
    appreciate it

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