Many foods exist unknown to many of us that can improve overall health and even heal certain serious health conditions. Several vegetables & fruits can help to fight cancers, spices like turmeric and garlic can fight inflammation and some nuts can help in improving memory. The list is inexhaustible. Then there are eggshells, known for their rich natural absorbable calcium content which is beneficial for bone and teeth health.
What! wait a minute... chicken egg shells that are usually discarded?
Right... properly prepared organic egg shells.
Eggshells are safe to consume as they are a great source of dietary calcium as reported by The New York Times and provide so many benefits for bone and teeth health which some scientists have confirmed through their research. To use eggshells for medicinal reasons, ensure you use organic eggs in order to avoid any chemicals or antibiotics.
Krompeher, a Hungarian physician with a group of medics and biologists, became interested in the healthy properties of eggshells. More than 10 years of research have shown that eggshells are the ideal source of bio-available calcium that are dense and can be well absorbed by the body. This is in consonance with a Q & A Shell Game by Claiborne Ray in June 2014, posted in the New York Times, studies by scientists have ascertained that powdered eggshells can be useful source of dietary calcium.
In the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Research (2003 article review) surmised that both studies in human and animals had confirmed that a preparation of grounded organic eggshells was a natural source of calcium and many other elements such as fluorine and strontium. According to the authors, “The bioavailability of calcium from this source, as tested in piglets, was similar or better than that of food-grade purified calcium carbonate,”. More so, according to the authors, the powder from organic crushed egg shells reduced pain and bone loss and either increased mobility and bone density or halted its loss especially in postmenopausal women and women with senile osteoporosis. Also other related studies showed accelerated healing when using the shell for treating orthopedic diseases as congenital dislocation of a hip or osteoporosis (which is softening of the bones). More so, according to NCBI study, the natural calcium in egg shells can have positive effects on bone density and can even help prevent and treat osteoporosis which makes egg shells an excellent alternative for calcium supplement.
Furthermore, a 2013 study published in Argentina in The International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition confirmed that the shell of a single chicken egg has about 2 grams of calcium, which is approximately twice the average daily adult requirement. The researchers further ascertained that home made organic eggshells powder could be safely added to foods like bread, rice , potato, spaghetti, oat etc with no change in flavor but only little changes in texture. More so, Mayo Clinic surmised that... "adults need around 1,200 mg of calcium a day which is in comparison to children, that need around 700 to 1,300mg a day which of course will depend on the age of the child".
As reported by Business Insider, an eggshell has approximately two grams of protein in it. When put in perspective, a cup of 1% milk contains approximately 300mg of calcium and in 1 lit critters Calcium Gummy Bear has 100mg of calcium. Although you can give your children calcium through these other common methods, however, if your family is on natural alternative, consuming some organic home made eggshell powder can be a good option.
Additionally, organic home made egg shells are much more beneficial for small children since their bodies are more intensively involved in the formation of bone tissue that requires an uninterrupted flow of calcium. Egg shells which is added in babies food can help in preventing rickets and anemia that usually develops along with rickets. Also the egg shells can promote activation of blood in the bone tissue.
How to prepare the egg shell powder
Get some organic egg shells and boil for like 5 minutes so as to properly clean the shells and remove bacteria. Gently rinse the eggshell to remove albumin (white) but leave the membrane on the inside of the egg in place, it contains trace elements that is rich in nutrients as such very beneficial.
Allow the shell to dry for sometime then place the dried egg shell in the oven for approximately 10 min at 180 to 200 degree so as to further wipe out any hidden bacteria. However, this step may not be necessary if you are certain the shells are very clean after the boiling process although the oven will ensure the shells to be crunchier which makes the grinding easier. More so you can leave the egg shells to dry out in the sun , overnight is long enough so they can be thoroughly dry and cover to protect from flies or any other insects.
Grind the shells in a coffee grinder or good quality blender, you can use a food processor, coffee grinder or even a mortar and pestle, just ensure you get the finest powder . Thereafter you can store in a container and use when you need it.
Here’s how to make powdered eggshell calcium:
Health benefits of eating crushed egg shells
The membranes in eggshells contains substances like glucosamine and hyaluronic acid which improve joint elasticity and shock absorption making them ideal for fighting off conditions that affect the joints health, ensuring they are kept as fully-functioning as possible.
Consuming organic eggshells has also been linked to quickly decreasing pain in those afflicted with joint problems and as times goes on can actually stop the pain. This is collaborated by Mikhail Tombak, Ph.D., who says that osteoporosis can even be treated by eating eggshells, while also explaining that calcium is 90 percent absorbable by people’s bones, and that interestingly, the makeup of eggshells is incredibly similar to our teeth and bones. In fact, egg shells are so similar to teeth that they’ve even been suggested as an option to regrow and remineralize teeth rather than going for dental treatments that uses harmful & also expensive metals.
Organic Eggshell powder rich in calcium can be put in foods and drinks, including smoothies or even blended in oat meals.
Below are some ways on how to prepare egg shell and what to use them for:
Using Organic eggshell powder to strengthen the body and cleanse the blood
Cleanse 5 organic egg shells, crush them into fine powder and put in 3 liters of clean water. Refrigerate the mixture for 7 days before using it as a drinking water. Drink up to 2 or 3 glasses of this mixture a day. If you so desire, you can add lemon juice.
How to prepare Organic eggshells for Thyroid gland
Use up to 8 organic egg shells and wash and crush very well. Pour 2 lemon juice on the crushed organic eggshells and keep in the fridge for several days. When the shell softens, strain the liquid mixture and mix with a liter of rakia and 1 kg of organic honey ( all must be organic). Keep this mixture for one whole week before using it. Take one teaspoon 2 to 4 times a day after meals.
How to prepare organic egg shell to treat Gastritis, ulcer
Crush some organic egg shells and pick some using the tip of the knife. This little quantity of egg shells should be enough to treat these diseases. Mix the crushed egg shells thoroughly with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. When the egg shells softens, then add one decimeter of hot milk. Take this mixture 2 times a day on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
Organic eggshells can naturally heal teeth cavities.
Properly prepared eggshells are the most balanced natural means to obtain calcium. Eggshells are powerhouses of calcium which is the primary mineral required for strong and healthy teeth, it also contains 27 other minerals which includes Magnesium, Silicon, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium, Iron, Sulphur, Aluminium, etc. More so, egg shells contains the essential amino acids like lysine, methionine, cysteine and isoleucine, which can help treat cavities efficiently as it has the perfect amount of the ideal substances for healing teeth cavities. Also, the egg shell components are similar to our teeth.
The procedure to use Organic Egg shells for teeth cavities
Boil organic egg shells in water for approximately 5 minutes so as to eliminate any traces of bacteria on the shells. Dry the shells and ground to powder form. Take ½ teaspoon of the powder every day. Add to your drink or any food source of your choice. It is important to note that Vitamin D greatly aids calcium absorption. So make sure to get enough sunlight or eat organ meats such as liver.
Precautions of using Eggshells
According to The Huffington Post, eggshells could contain Salmonella as they are covered in bacteria. Therefore to eliminate the bacteria from the eggshells, as opined by Live Strong, eggshells should be boiled and then put in oven to dry in a 140 degree oven. Thereafter as explained by Business Insider, using a blender, eggshells should be turned into a powder to add to things like pastas and pizza, instead of eating them whole which may not be easy to consume.
Conclusion. In this article, we have learnt that the egg shells we usually throw away is quite beneficial to our health and teeth and can be converted to use because of its richness in natural calcium that absorbs well in the body. This article has also highlighted the rich mineral composition of eggshells and we are advised to use organic egg shells while washing, boiling and possibly oven drying them to eliminate the bacteria and semolina usually found in egg shells. Apart from adults, we now know that children can also benefit in this excellent calcium source as kids also need high amount of calcium to develop strong bone and teeth and for healthy growth. Also vitamin D is necessary to aids calcium absorption and can be gotten from early morning sunlight and or organ meat like liver. Importantly, we have to be aware that the solution to most of the ailments that is affecting mankind does not lie very far from our reach but around us even in our homes where we usually do not bother to look. It is only when we open our minds and eyes to the magic our environment provides, then we will stop falling sick and start living more healthier and wealthier lives as health is wealth. Therefore, always be health smart, go organic… eat healthy diets, get off that chair that is killing you, exercise daily and ensure you get enough rest.
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