Consume Egg Shell for Calcium?
Can you Consume Egg Shell for Calcium? Yes, you can. As a matter of fact, Eggshell is a great, inexpensive, natural source of calcium. And eggshell calcium is easily accessible for the body too.
High-quality eggshells contain 27 essential micro-elements but they’re mostly composed of calcium carbonate, a form and structure that’s very similar to our bones and teeth.
In animal and human tests, eggshell calcium shows increased bone density, less arthritic pain, and even stimulates cartilage growth. You can read more about it here. NCBI Study: Eggshell calcium in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15018022).
Benefits of Eating Egg Shells
The key nutrient in egg shells is calcium, or calcium carbonate. Egg shells consist of 95% calcium carbonate.
The makeup of eggs shells is very similar to our bones and teeth so it’s no surprise that egg shells promote bone and teeth health.
According to the study, egg shells are a great source of natural calcium. Half an egg shell can provide you with the recommended daily calcium intake. The study also reveals that the best way to consume egg shell is in a powdered form.
How to Consume Egg Shells?
As the study suggested, the best way to consume egg shell is in a powdered form. So we can just use blender or coffee grinder to grind the shells to powder. Quite straight forward, right? But very very important, before you blend or grid them, make sure to cleaned it well and make sure they are free from any bacteria. Here are my procedures I normally take:
- Store used egg shells in a jar or a storage box and put it in fridge. I don’t leave them in carton box because I don’t want it to smell. Make sure to store them in fridge.
- Once you got a batch, wash them first then boil them for at least 10 minutes. This will kill all the bacteria.
- Let it cool and dry. You can put it in oven for a few minutes to further dry if you like. I normally skip it (but make sure boil them well).
- After they are completely dry, grind them until you have a nice power substance.
Here you have it. Home made cheap calcium powder. (The following is a youtube video shows you exactly how to make it. Easy…)
Extra Tip: Use Organic High Quality Eggs.
How to Consume Eggshell Calcium
1 tsp. contains approximately 800-1,000 mg. of calcium. Consume by mixing in a small amount of water with a meal. Consume 3/4 to 1 tsp daily, divided in 3 servings with meals. Don’t consume more than 1 tsp a day as it can irritate sensitive digestive tracks.
Extra Tip: It is important to consume eggshell with meal because in order for body to properly absorb calcium, it needs acid. If you stomach does not have enough acid, the absorption rate will be low.
Extra Tip II: Do not consume too much calcium than you need because excess calcium will also cause cause kidney stones.
I am a big fan of Eggs because egg is a really a complete package and it has everything you need. Other than the protein, now you know Eggshell is not only eatable but also very rich in term of Calcium and other minerals. Try to consume egg shell next time instead of throwing away and let us know how it goes!
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