About Dr. Amy's Beef Bone Broth
Made of all-natural ingredients, Dr. Amy's Beef Bone Broth by Nucific is a high-protein formula that promises to help you feel full and more satisfied, boost your metabolism and energy, improve skin and hair quality, and help you eat healthy more easily.
How’s it work? Nucific’s website tells us that Dr. Amy’s Broth combines high-quality protein with hydrolyzed gelatin, which they claim will deliver a 1-2 punch that simultaneously minimizes hunger and enhances fat burning.
Just mix one scoop of Dr. Amy's Bone Broth with 8 fl. oz. of hot water, or mix into any beef stew recipe. With regular use, they claim you could experience a slimmer waist and loose-fitting clothes—even could help you achieve “fat-loss results that have eluded you for years.”
And with continued use, the company tells us your results will steadily improve.
If you enjoy the savory taste of bullion, then drinking a scoop of Dr. Amy’s Beef Bone Broth might be a delicious way to add some protein to your day. But can you expect it to deliver on all the claims made by the manufacturer? Even then, will it be worth the money?
These are some of the key questions we’ll focus on in this article, so that you can decide whether or not the supplement is right for you. Let’s start with some quick protein basics and work our way from there.
What’s the Importance of Protein In the Human Body?
The Genetics Home Reference (part of the National Institutes of Health) tells us that proteins are made up of hundreds of thousands of amino acids that form long chains.
The specific sequence of these chained amino acids determine the protein’s structure and function, which include enzymes (cause other chemical reactions to occur), messenger molecules, and antibodies, as well as to provide cellular support.
In short, whether derived from Dr. Amy’s or another source, protein is fundamental for human health. If we don’t have enough, our body starts destroying internal structures to get the amino acids it needs to function properly.
As a result, some pretty nasty side effects can result from protein deficiency, including muscle wasting, hair loss, increased risk of infection, digestive upset, and decreased skin and nail quality.
Fortunately, since most animal-based food sources—such as meat, eggs, poultry, fish, and dairy—contain protein, most of us don’t have to worry about excessive deficiency, or the resulting side effects.
Given this, is there any clinical evidence that protein supplementation—with or without beef bone broth—can provide otherwise healthy individuals with meaningful benefits?
Are the Ingredients In Dr. Amy’s Beef Bone Broth Clinically Proven to Deliver Health Benefits?
How Is Beef Bone Broth Made?
Bon Appétit Magazine tells us that real bone broth is “made with bones and cuts of meat high in collagen, like marrow, knuckles, and feet.” It can also be made with other meats, like lamb, pork, chicken, and so forth.
The basic process involves covering the bones with cold water, bringing to a boil, and cooking them for about 20 minutes, before popping them in the oven and roasting them at a high temperature to caramelize them.
Then, they’re returned to a pot and simmered at a low temperature for just about as long as you like, in order to maximize your broth’s flavor. This draws out all the different proteins they contain and creates an amino acid-rich liquid that can be used on its own, or in thousands of different recipes.
But are there any clinically proven health benefits?
What Can We Learn From the Label For Dr. Amy’s Beef Bone Broth?
According to the label listed on the Nucific website, Dr. Amy’s Beef Bone Broth contains beef stock protein, hydrolyzed beef gelatin, salt, garlic, onion, natural beef flavor, apple cider vinegar, parsley, and black pepper.
Each one-scoop serving will deliver 80 calories and 20g of protein, along with 26mg of vitamin C and 460mg of sodium.
But it’s not necessarily these ingredients that will deliver potential benefits. Instead, it’s the components they contain—specifically, the beef stock protein and hydrolyzed beef gelatin in Dr. Amy’s (all other ingredients are for flavoring). Why?
These contain key substances like chondroitin sulfate (a common main ingredient in joint supplements), collagen (a key structural protein in skin and nails), glycine (a transmitter molecule in the brain), calcium (important for bone and teeth health), and phosphorus and magnesium—to name just a few.
But, remember earlier when we talked about the fact that excessive protein deficiency is relatively rare in industrialized nations?
Interviewed for a Time magazine article, Dr. William H. Percy, an associate professor and biomedical scientist at the University of South Dakota, noted that, while no one’s saying bone broth is unhealthy:
“… the claims surrounding bone broth are “loosely based” on nutrition science. They just overstate or sensationalize the benefits, and use a lot of personal endorsements to support their claims. "Anecdotes along the lines of ‘I ate bone broth and my gut problem cleared up’ do not count as evidence-based medicine,” he says.”
While noting that it contains high levels of collagen, Even WebMD’s entry for gelatin (hydrolyzed or otherwise) indicates there isn’t sufficient evidence showing it can provide health benefits in otherwise healthy individuals. This includes those related to osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fingernail or hair quality, weight loss, or other conditions.
But Will Dr. Amy’s Beef Broth Cause Any Side Effects?
The Nucific website tells us there are no known side effects related to Dr. Amy’s, although they note it contains milk and that you “should always consult your doctor with any concerns before starting a new health program, including consuming a new food.”
We also didn’t encounter any side effects for beef bone broth as reported by authoritative websites, although you’ll want to make sure you’re not ingesting too much MSG or salt if you decide to start using daily.
Speaking of which, each serving of Dr. Amy’s Broth contains 460mg of sodium, which is 20 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI), according to the FDA. So, you might need to cut sodium in other parts of your diet to make sure you don’t regularly exceed this amount.
Further, the Harvard Health Blog notes that the RDI for protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. This means that if you weigh 150 pounds (about 68kg), you should take in about 54g of protein daily.
So, at 20g, each serving of Dr. Amy's would offer about a third of your daily protein needs. If you're already consuming other high-protein foods along with your Beef Bone Broth, you might need to cut back, so you don't experience potential side effects like weight gain, as well as heart and liver issues.
How Much Does Dr. Amy’s Beef Bone Broth Cost?
Dr. Amy’s Beef Bone Broth is available in the following quantities:
- 1 Jar: $61.95
- 3 Jars: $167.25
- 6 Jars: $297.35
All orders come with a 90-day money back guarantee, less S&H. In order to request one, you’ll need to reach out to Nucific’s customer service department at (888)-679-5520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite what we learned about the clinical evidence regarding beef bone broth, are customers reporting that Dr. Amy’s price is worthwhile?
Are There Any Customer Reviews For Dr. Amy’s Beef Bone Broth?
While Beef Bone Broth was too new at the time of our research to have accumulated any customer feedback, the HighYa team has reviewed a handful of Nucific’s other popular supplements over the years, including Bio X4, Deep Cell Activator, and Probiotic Complex.
Here, they had well over 300 combined customer reviews and an average overall rating of about 4.5 stars. Most seemed pleased with the results these supplements provided (reduced bloating, effective weight loss, increased energy, etc.), with little-to-no side effects.
Of the few complaints, the majority appeared related to no results. In most instances, the company responded in an effort to resolve the situation.
Los Angeles-based Nucific had an A rating with the Better Business Bureau based on 16 closed complaints, as of 4/7/17. There, most seemed to revolve around ordering and customer service issues.
Granted, we’re simply providing you with a complete picture of the situation—not conveying that you’ll necessarily experience the same with Dr. Amy’s Beef Bone Broth.
How Does Dr. Amy’s Compare to Other Bone Beef Broth Supplements?
If you search online for beef bone broth, you’ll learn that there are dozens of powdered products competing directly with Dr. Amy’s, including popular options like Dr. Axe, Sam’s Choice, Thrive Market, Vitamin Shoppe, and Wise Choice Market. And if you also add liquid versions to the mix, you’ll triple your available options.
How do all of these compare to Dr. Amy’s?
We didn’t test Nucific’s Beef Bone Broth firsthand to provide any feedback on taste, but at nearly $62 for a single 16oz jar, it was meaningfully more expensive than much of the competition. Some of which could be purchased for as little as $38 for the same amount—several were even available in flavors like vanilla and chocolate.
From an ingredients perspective, we found that many competitors also featured a meaningful number of the same ingredients, including apple cider vinegar, garlic, and even hydrolyzed gelatin. Although as we learned earlier from authoritative websites, there seems to be little clinical evidence indicating any of these can provide additional benefits for otherwise healthy individuals.
Let’s carry this thought over as we wrap up.
Our Bottom Line About Dr. Amy’s Beef Bone Broth
According to her bio on the Nucific website, Dr. Amy Lee is a primary care internist who focuses on nutrition, wellness, and weight management. Along with her fellowship training in Clinical Nutrition at UCLA, Dr. Lee claims to educate her patients and provide them with individualized, personal plans that work.
Based on our research, despite Dr. Lee’s medical training and background, the Beef Bone Broth bearing her name doesn’t seem to contain meaningfully different ingredients than similar—and sometimes much lower priced—competitors.
And coupled with the fact that authoritative websites don’t report any benefits for beef bone broth supplementation in general, or for protein or gelatin supplementation specifically, for otherwise healthy individuals, it’s not clear if Dr. Amy’s will deliver a lot of real-world value for the money.
If you feel like giving Beef Bone Broth a try, however, Nucific’s other supplements seem to come with high marks from customers. The company also stands behind their products with a 90-day refund policy, so you might not lose much more than S&H charges if you’re dissatisfied.
Looking for perhaps the most cost effective (but labor intensive) way to test out beef bone broth’s potential benefits? Searching online, you’ll find dozens of recipes that could help you bring your per-serving cost down to pennies.