You probably follow the same breakfast preparation-routine every day: crack an egg open to whisk it for an omelet or peel a hard-boiled egg, then toss the eggshells away.
Eggs are a highly nutritious food packed with protein, calcium and minerals that millions of people around the world consume every day. But who has ever thought about the value of eggshells?
Why should they, considering it's just a flimsy outer covering of a food item that doesn't look like it could be very useful after it breaks into smithereens?
No one can blame you, because the benefits of eggshells are extremely understated and hardly talked about.
Here are some great ways to make use of those eggshells instead of throwing them away.
1. Make a Homemade Calcium Supplement
Ninety-seven percent of the content of the eggshells we so callously discard is calcium carbonate, according to a 2005 study published in the Brazilian Journal of Poultry Science.
Many health practitioners recommend using eggshells to prepare a calcium supplement for strengthening bones and preventing bone-associated disorders.
In addition, it is an inexpensive alternative to purchasing supplements from the drug store.
The powder extracted from eggshells contains a rich supply of natural calcium and other elements like fluorine and strontium that strengthen human cartilage and bones, and prevent and treat osteoporosis, according to a 2003 study published in The International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Research.
Eggshell calcium also successfully reduced bone deterioration and pain, and promoted bone density and movement in patients with age-associated osteoporosis marked by calcium deficiency and bone loss, the study further notes.
Eggshell calcium may even reduce and provide relief from the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
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