Exercise & Performance

Ingredients That Provide Sustained Energy & Support Stamina/Performance, Joint Mobility, Muscle Recovery, & More

Forget sugary sports drinks and icky, chalky protein shakes. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a casual exerciser, Kettle & Fire Bone Broths were created with your health and recovery in mind. Enjoy sustained energy all day, fewer cravings for carbs that slow you down, and a speedier recovery (especially after training or working out) with unique nutrients that aren’t found in any other foods.

Exercise & Performance 

Benefits of Kettle & Fire Bone Broth for Exercise & Performance

The high protein content in our Bone Broths make it an optimal tool for sports nutrition and improving athlete performance. It is high in collagen and anti-inflammatory amino acids such as glycine and arginine, which may be able to assist with exercise performance and recovery. Additionally, it has electrolytes that may be lost via sweat during physical activity. 

Kettle & Fire Bone Broth is high in key nutrients to help with athletic performance and recovery:

  • Protein
  • Collagen
  • Carnosine and Anserine
  • Electrolytes 


Athletes require more protein than sedentary individuals. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that athletes consume 1.2 to 2.0 grams of protein/kg of body weight a day.1

Our Bone Broths offer a low-calorie way to get high-quality protein into a meal plan tailored to provide sufficient protein to drive athletic performance.


There are promising results looking at the use of collagen for athletic performance, particularly in managing athletic-induced joint painmuscle damage, and inflammation.

Collagen Content in Bone Broth

It has been suggested that hydrolyzed collagen, as found in supplements and used in most clinical trials, may be more readily available for absorption than food-based collagen.4  However, the use of supplements is not without concern. Third-party testing organizations have found heavy metal contamination in many commercially available collagen supplements, which could put consumers at risk.5 

Our Bone Broths offer a safer way to ingest collagen. An independent study by ConsumerLab.com found that 82% of the protein content in Kettle and Fire Bone Broth was collagen and that it did not exceed the acceptable limits for lead, cadmium, and arsenic.6

Collagen & Joint Pain

Collagen use is often hailed for its ability to mitigate arthritic joint pain, and studies show that it may also be beneficial in helping to ameliorate athletic joint pain as well.

24-week study examined the use of oral collagen intake in joint pain in athletes with no diagnosed joint disease. Results from 97 athletes were used in this double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Both physician assessment and patient self-reports were used to interpret differences between the treatment and control groups. At the 24-week mark, the collagen group showed significant improvements in pain when compared to the placebo group, indicating that it could be a helpful non-pharmacological approach to helping athletes with joint pain.2

Collagen & Muscle Damage/Inflammation

Consuming collagen pre- and post-exercise may help with recovery and muscle healing. A 2019 study looked at the use of collagen intake before and after a workout to see if it could improve markers of muscle damage and recovery. In this double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, 24 recreationally active males received collagen supplements twice a day or a placebo in addition to their usual diet for just seven days. Both subjective and biological markers of recovery were measured before and after a standardized exercise, and the collagen group demonstrated significant improvements when compared to the placebo group.3

Carnosine & Anserine

Carnosine and anserine are dipeptides that are high in animal skeletal muscle. Dietary use may be able to improve high-intensity exercise endurance by mitigating muscle fatigue.7 Since chicken broth and bone broth are high in these 2 proteins, researchers wanted to study the impact of consuming chicken broth as a pre-exercise snack in conjunction with high-intensity exercise.  

Twenty (healthy, active) men participated in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study where they consumed broth 25 minutes prior to exercise. After a warm-up period, the subjects participated in an 8-minute high-intensity cycling exercise. At the end of the 8-minute activity, a significant difference was seen between the two groups. Exercise performance was better in the broth group than it was in the placebo group, and higher levels of plasma carnosine and anserine were also observed. The authors concluded that utilizing broth before a short burst of intense physical activity can enhance exercise performance.7


Commercially available sports drinks are often used to replace electrolytes, including sodium and potassium, that are lost due to sweat. A one-cup serving of Kettle and Fire Bone Broth can provide 330 mg of sodium and 110 mg of potassium and can be used to replace lost fluids and electrolytes after exercise. 

Make Your Workouts Work For YOU.

A daily routine that includes Kettle & Fire is key for exercise recovery & sports performance, whether you’re training for a marathon or just walking around the block.

Ramp Up Your Activity Level

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Resources & References:

1. Protein and the Athlete - How Much Do You Need? Accessed July 17, 2022. https://www.eatright.org/fitness/sports-and-performance/fueling-your-workout/protein-and-the-athlete

2. Clark KL, Sebastianelli W, Flechsenhar KR, et al. 24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain. Current Medical Research and Opinion. 2008;24(5):1485-1496. doi:10.1185/030079908X291967

3. Clifford T, Ventress M, Allerton DM, et al. The effects of collagen peptides on muscle damage, inflammation and bone turnover following exercise: a randomized, controlled trial. Amino Acids. 2019;51(4):691-704. doi:10.1007/s00726-019-02706-5

4. García-Coronado JM, Martínez-Olvera L, Elizondo-Omaña RE, et al. Effect of collagen supplementation on osteoarthritis symptoms: a meta-analysis of randomized placebo-controlled trials. International Orthopaedics (SICOT). 2019;43(3):531-538. doi:10.1007/s00264-018-4211-5

5. Consumer Beware: These Popular Collagen Supplements Contain Heavy Metals. Accessed July 17, 2022. https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/consumer-beware-these-popular-collagen-supplements-contain-heavy-metals

6. Bone Broth Reviews & Top Picks. ConsumerLab.com. Accessed July 14, 2022. https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/bone-broth-review/bone-broth/

7. Barbaresi S, Blancquaert L, Nikolovski Z, et al. Ergogenic effect of pre-exercise chicken broth ingestion on a high-intensity cycling time-trial. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2021;18(1):15. doi:10.1186/s12970-021-00408-6

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