SPRINGFIELD, MO.— International Dehydrated Foods (I.D.F.), L.L.C., is expanding its ChikPro portfolio to include ChikPro Collagen Bone Broth. The ingredient, which contains a 55% minimum level of collagen, recently received a patent for its collagen content and prebiotic effect.

ChikPro collagen is made from chicken bone broth that has been enriched for type II collagen, I.D.F. said. The U.S. Patent Office granted the patent based on the results of two preclinical studies from the Center for Biomedical & Life Sciences at Missouri State University in Springfield. The trials demonstrated a significant prebiotic effect in increasing Lactobacillus, which poses opportunities to reduce or eliminate the need for regular prebiotic supplements, according to the company.

“Public interest in bone broth and collagen is on the rise, and many consumers use it as a supplement for joint and skin health, as well as a source of electrolytes,” said Stephanie Lynch, vice president of sales, marketing, and technology at I.D.F. “The recent preclinical trials uncovered additional health benefits that have previously not been recognized.”

ChickPro Collagen is free from common allergens, including dairy and soy. It is paleo and keto-friendly.