Who Knew Eggshells Were a Natural Health Booster?
When thinking about calcium-rich foods, we often go back to the same things over and over again; milk, yogurt, almonds…the usual. Try this: When you crack open an egg to make breakfast in the morning, don’t toss the eggshell in the trash, wash it and set it aside.
The shell of an egg is often discarded as useless, but that is definitely not the case. In fact, an eggshell is 93% calcium, which is the most abundant, and one of the most important nutrients we need in our bodies. Eggshells contain other mineral elements too: magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sodium, potassium, iron, sulphur and aluminum. There are 27 elements found in the eggshells. The protein of the shell is made up of essential amino acids such as methionine, cysteine, lysine and isoleucine.
Eggshells are nutritionally dense, and can be used for many purposes. Human bones and teeth are very similar in composition to eggshells, and studies have shown accelerated healing when using the shell for treating orthopedic diseases like congenital dislocation of a hip of osteoporosis (softening of the bones).
The benefits of eggshells for bones are especially good for small children, who are still in the process of forming bone tissue, and need a constant flow of calcium. Including eggshells in baby food can prevent rickets and anemia, and promote activation of blood in the bone tissue.
The eggshell membranes contain substances like glucosamine and hyaluronic acid, which improve joint elasticity and shock absorption. That means eggshells are ideal for fighting off conditions that affect the joints, and making sure that they are functioning at their best. Eating eggshells has also been linked to quickly decreasing joint pain, and keeping it at bay as time goes on.
So are you ready to crunch down on some eggshells? Neither are we. Here’s how to make eggshell powder:
Keep in mind, you should only use organic eggs when making eggshell powder to avoid any chemicals or antibiotics.
- Grab your eggshells
- Boil them in water for about 5 minutes to kill pathogens and bacteria
- This is optional: Heat the oven to 200-250 degrees and let the eggshells bake until they are very brittle (If you’d prefer not to use the oven, just let them air dry)
- Grind the shells in a coffee grinder or Mortar and pestle (or any other method you prefer)
- Take 1/2 teaspoon a day. You can put it in a drink or smoothie, or blend it in with your breakfast oats.
So there you go. What you used to thoughtlessly toss in the bin can actually improve your health and bones immensely. It’s time to get cracking!