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#1 Midnightmom

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:13 PM

Came across this site in my internet wanderings and KNEW that my friends here would love this information!

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body.

While most of our calcium resides in our bones and teeth, it’s also important for muscle contraction, nerve health, enzyme activity and cell formation.

In fact, our bodies need ample, daily amounts of calcium… and if we don’t get what we need, our bodies have no problem pulling excess stores from our teeth and bones.

But as natural mamas, we know that the best source is FOOD since it’s the mostly easily accessible for the body.

Did you know that eggshells are a great, inexpensive, natural source of calcium?

Yes, EGGSHELLS!

High-quality eggshells contain 27 essential microelements 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.
Sounds great, huh? And it’s really easy to make.............................

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:10 AM

Thanks, Midnightmom, good info.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:00 AM

Years ago when I raised chickens, I would grind up the eggshells with a rolling pin and feed it right back to them. They seemed to love it. They were the best laying hens ever !

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:39 AM

We used to do the same with our hens. It seemed to help make their shells harder.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:51 PM

OK, I knew that because I always plant eggshells (ground up) with Tomatoes and other things in garden.
Now as to 'eating' them-
I think I would make sure that I washed then real well just in case any of that bad salmonella was left behind form the eggs? Never had it with the chickens that lay our eggs but you never know?
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

Hmmm...seems like I remember seeing my grandma with a jar of what (to me) looked liked egg shells that had been burned. Makes me wonder what she kept them for now...???

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:17 PM

Before 'feeding back' to the chickens, ducks, etc....might be a good idea to toast them LIGHTLY in the oven.

Takes a very short time and you do NOT -- NOT -- NOT want to burn them. The smell cannot even be described. :yuk:


The reason for toasting is so that the poultry will not associate this 'supplement' with the eggs that are laid....thus avoiding shell-pecking by the hens. Chickens will peck their own eggs...or the other hen's eggs. Once that starts, it can be a nightmare.

Or...that is what I've heard in my childhood. We didn't buy calcium or oyster shell in those days.

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As for using egg shell [yes, please make sure it's SANITIZED ] for a nutritional supplement...... :scratchhead: I would DEFINITELY need to research the "bioavailability" of that. Means: CAN our bodies take in the nutrient or will it pass on through us. Why go to all that work when it won't break down in the stomach or intestinal tract. AND...if it doesn't break down, it will likely be treated as an irritant - foreign body within our systems. But....I have no idea :shrug: Mebbe DH can spend some time to research this....


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

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How to Make Calcium using Egg Shells

By Bee Wilder

Eggshells present healthy, balanced calcium due to trace amounts of other minerals contained in it. Eggshell calcium is probably the best natural source of calcium, and it is easier for your body to digest and absorb. Dutch researchers have reported recently a highly positive effect of eggshell calcium (with added magnesium and vitamin D) on bone mineral density in a scientific study (double blind, placebo-controlled). Laboratory test and measures of bone density were carefully made in these studies. The eggshell supplemented group had measurable increases in bone density in their hip bones, after one year.

The ideal bone-building combination of eggshell calcium and vitamin D3 was also well documented in Japanese studies. Researchers at the Japan Women’s University, Tokyo studied a combination of vitamin D3 and eggshell powder in animals with osteoporosis. Not only was the eggshell powder with vitamin D3 able to improve bone mineral density, but it did it without significantly increasing blood calcium levels.

You can use any kind of egg (chicken, goose, duck), but it is best to use organic or certified organic eggs from free-range birds. If the bird does not get proper nutrients the eggshells won’t contain the nutrients we need.

How much to take?

One whole medium sized eggshell makes about one teaspoon of powder, which yields about 750 - 800 mgs of elemental* calcium plus other microelements, i.e. magnesium, boron, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, sulphur, silicon, zinc, etc. There are 27 elements in total. The composition of an eggshell is very similar to that of our bones and teeth.

*Elemental amounts are the amounts absorbable.

Most people require a minimum of 400 mgs per day of calcium, in addition to calcium from other food sources, so you would take 1/2 teaspoon of the powder per day. Also take 400 mgs of magnesium citrate at the same time. Calcium and magnesium need to be taken in at least equal amounts, and some people require more magnesium than calcium depending upon how much they obtain from their diet.

If you are getting muscle cramps take extra magnesium (about 150 mgs). If that doesn’t alleviate the cramps within an hour take another 150 mgs, and so on. If you get unusual joint pain and you do not have arthritis, take an additional 150 mgs of calcium. Do not take more than 500 mgs of calcium at one time because your body cannot handle it. If you need more than 400 mgs per day split up the doses during the day.

It is best to take calcium and magnesium with foods to help absorb them.

Don’t forget that vitamin D is very important for absorbing minerals, so take cod liver oil in the winter and get into the sun in the summer! In addition, all of the trace minerals, sodium and chloride are important for mineral absorption and to keep minerals balanced so do take a lemon juice and ocean sea salt drink every day (the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/4 teaspoon of ocean sea salt mixed into 6 ounces of filtered water 6 times a day; 3 with meals to aid digestion).

How to Make Powdered Eggshells:

  1. Wash empty eggshells in warm water until all of the egg white is removed, but do not remove the membrane because it contains important nutrients for the joints which helps arthritis.
  2. Lay broken pieces out on paper towels and allow them to air dry thoroughly.
  3. Break the eggshells up into small pieces, and grind them to into a fine powder in a food processor, blender, coffee grinder, or a nut mill, or put them in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to grind them. Please note that some blenders will not grind the eggshell into a fine enough powder. A coffee grinder works the best.
  4. Store powdered eggshells in a covered glass jar or container. Keep it in a dry place, like the kitchen cupboard.

How to take eggshell calcium (this forms calcium citrate) takes 3 hours:

  1. Put 1/2 teaspoon of powdered eggshell into a small dish (approximately 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches across) 1/2 teaspoon equals approximately 400 mgs of elemental calcium.
  2. Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon (freshly squeezed), and mix well it will start to bubble and foam, which is what is supposed to happen.
  3. Leave it at room temperature for 6 hours the longer you leave it the less gritty it will be, but do not leave it longer than 12 hours.
  4. It can be taken by the spoonfuls, followed by mouthfuls of water to wash it down. It is not sour tasting. In fact the taste is quite pleasant.
  5. Also take 400 mgs of magnesium citrate at the same time.

Other Eggshell Recipes here are some other ways to make eggshell calcium citrate:

# 1 Lemon Eggshell:

  1. Place one whole, clean, uncooked egg into a clean, wide-mouth jar and cover it with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  2. Cover the jar loosely and place it in the refrigerator.
  3. A few times a day, gently agitate the jar the mixture will bubble.
  4. After 48 hours, when the bubbling stops, carefully remove the egg.
  5. The recipe says to take 1/2 teaspoon of this mixture daily, but with the added lemon 1/2 teaspoon would not equal 400 mgs of calcium, so it is hard to judge how much of the mixture to take in order to get enough calcium.

# 2 Lemon Eggshell:

  1. Fill a wide mouth jar with 3 clean, whole, uncracked eggs.
  2. Cover the eggs with freshly squeezed lemon juice it important that the lemons are very fresh or this mixture will not work right.
  3. Clove the jar tightly and place it in the refrigerator. You should start to see bubbles forming on the eggshells. That means the eggshells are being dissolved into the lemon juice. The mixture will gradually turn white.
  4. Gently agitate the jar a few minutes about 3 times a day.
  5. As soon as the bubbling stops it is ready to take. It should not take any longer than 36-48 hours. If you leave the mixture longer it will tend to get thick and the eggs will begin to absorb more of the lemon juice, or the eggs may split and leak into the mixture. Occasionally this mixture doesn’t work when the lemons are not fresh enough.
  6. Carefully remove the eggs without breaking the membrane, and use them as you would normally, i.e. in your raw egg drink. There will not be any shell left on the egg because it has been totally dissolved into the lemon juice, which is calcium citrate.
  7. Place a tight lid on the mixture that remains after the eggs have been removed, and shake it well.
  8. Take no more than one teaspoon per day initially because it can be very powerful. Start slowly. The amount may be gradually increased over time.

Bee’s note: The amount of this mixture to take is not easy to figure out. One eggshell (size is not stated) yields approximately 1,800 mgs of elemental calcium (amount that will be absorbed). Therefore 3 eggs would contain 5,400 mgs, divided by 400 mgs = approximately 13.5 doses.

About the Author...

Bee Wilder has a wealth of knowledge and experience both as a former sufferer of candida and convenor of the candida support group. Since the 1980s when Bee could eat only a few types of foods and was so sensitive to yeasts she had to adminster herself an allergy shot every day, she has not only fully recovered but now is more robust than ever. Bee lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and continues to research natural health and nutrition. You can find more articles and support at her website:Healing Naturally by Bee




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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:17 PM

I am kicking myself I have yet to start my compost pile and I have thrown my egg shells away :( oh well as many as we eat around here I will have plenty before long.


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