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Using Eggshells In A Surprising Way!

Using Eggshells In A Surprising Way!

Have you ever tossed out eggshells? Oh, of course you have! Everyone has, unless you have a homemade compost going. If you do have your own compost going, give yourself a pat on the back – that’s awesome. But most of us don’t even think twice of tossing eggshells away, but after you read this…you’ll definitely give it some thought next time.

Eggshell Nutrition

Yes, those little guys are packed with essential minerals that are needed for healthy joints, bones and more! They are loaded with some of the most important nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and many other minerals. In the Oxford Journal, they tested the eggshell nutrition components and stated that eggshell powder can be a good source of calcium for human nutrition.

If you are wondering if the calcium in the eggshell can get absorbed by humans? Studies are showing it is! In the abstract of a study done from the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Research, it states,

Eggshell powder stimulates chondrocyte differentiation and cartilage growth. Clinical studies in postmenopausal women and women with senile osteoporosis showed that eggshell powder reduces pain and osteoresorption and increases mobility and bone density or arrests its loss. The bioavailability of calcium from this source, as tested in piglets, was similar or better than that of food grade purified calcium carbonate.

A study that was done many years ago showed that eggshell calcium was still pretty bioavailable and utilized compared to other sources.

Franco Cavaleri, who majored in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry, and became CEO of Biologic Nutrigenomics Health Research Corp, explained eggshells further in an article,

Eggshell calcium (ESC) not only provides a concentrated source of calcium that is accompanied by peptide carriers, it also provides relevant levels of other trace minerals necessary for bone health including strontium, magnesium, zinc, and copper. Interestingly, these minerals are provided by the eggshell in proportions that are close to that of the bone matrix. Research has shown that strontium enhances bone mineralization through a dual-action of stimulating bone formation by those specialized osteoblasts and inhibiting bone resorption (destruction) by the osteoclasts, overriding those lifestyle influences that degrade bone.

Egg Quality

I’m a huge fan of getting good quality eggs, you know this. I’ve talked about the different kinds of eggs that are out on the market today. And I still completely stand by pasture-raised eggs. These are eggs made from chickens grazing the grass, eating the bugs and worms,  soaking up the vitamin D, and going for a run when they want. The happy chickens. An even greater choice is LOCAL pasture-raised eggs. Eggs you can get from a local farmer will help avoid the disinfectants that most conventional egg companies spray on to kill any bacteria on the eggshell. From the homemade egg shell recipe below, you see that we naturally avoid this bad bacteria problem.

Make Homemade Eggshell Supplements

So, how do you make your own? Easy!

  1. Hard boil some eggs. Use these as a quick grab and go snack, egg salad, etc.
  2. When you peel the eggs, set the shells aside. Let dry in the air.
  3. Crush them down as much as you can.
  4. Using a coffee bean grinder, grind up the egg shells into a fine powder.
  5. Put the powder in a bowl and grab some vegetable empty capsules.
  6. Scoop up the powder with the capsule and fill it all the way! Close it up.

Ta-da!

Calcium is best taken with vitamin D, K2, and magnesium.

Make sure you always check with your doctor before starting any new supplements. Especially if you are on medications or have any health conditions.

Lahana Vigliano

Lahana Vigliano
lahana@thrivalnutrition.com

Lahana Vigliano is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and CEO of Thrival Nutrition. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Science and currently pursing her Masters Degree in Nutrition Science and Functional Medicine. Lahana and her team help support women who struggle with weight loss, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, and many other lingering issues that leaves women not feeling their best. She uses food as medicine, as well as herbs and supplements when needed, to support her clients. She looks at the whole body holistically making sure women are understanding how nutrition, sleep, stress, and their environment impact their health. Connect with her on Facebook + Instagram (@thrivalnutrition).