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.
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.
Follow these steps to make a homemade calcium supplement using eggshells:
Viola! Your calcium supplement is now ready.
Consume 1 teaspoon of eggshell calcium supplement daily. You can chug it down with water or mix it in with half a glass of water or fresh fruit juice and drink it.
Taking more than a teaspoon per day may irritate some people’s stomachs.
Note: Make sure you use the shells from organic, pastured chicken eggs (preferably farm fresh eggs).
The shiny, tough substance covering the outside of your teeth is called the enamel. It is composed of minerals and protects your teeth from weakness and decay.
When you gorge on sugary and caffeinated beverages or junk foods too often, the bacteria in your mouth react with the carbohydrates and sugar to generate acid, which gradually wears off the enamel and all the essential minerals with it.
A solution made of chicken eggshell powder was successful in remineralizing the enamel of people who had suffered teeth lesions, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research.
Since your teeth are essentially made up of calcium, toothpaste made from eggshells helps strengthen your teeth and refurbish it with minerals. Overtime, it sufficiently remineralizes your teeth.
Follow these steps to make your own remineralizing toothpaste with eggshells:
If you are gardener, you’ve probably used agricultural lime to condition and nourish your soil. A highly beneficial additive that decreases soil acidity, agricultural lime boasts calcium carbonate as its main component.
Eggshells are 97 percent calcium carbonate and contain traces of other minerals, such as phosphorous, magnesium, sodium and potassium.
Considering the fact that you probably use eggs every day and that they are dirt-cheap compared to fertilizers, using eggshells in the garden should be a no-brainer.
Not only will eggshells nourish your plants with calcium and other minerals, they will prevent them from rotting, too.
Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers often rot due to calcium deficiency. This eggshell fertilizer will definitely help with that problem.
Adding this fertilizer to the holes usually found in potted plants and yet-to-grow seedlings also gives them the nutritional boost they need to grow healthy.
You can also sprinkle crushed eggshells (not powdered) around your plants as a thick, close barrier to deter slugs and other insects. The jagged edges of the crushed shells will irritate the skin of the insects and keep them at bay.
Using eggshells in preparing your coffee may sound extremely unusual, and even a tad gross. However, this is the old-school way of reducing the bitterness of coffee grounds.
The alkaline calcium carbonate content of the eggshells combats the acidity of the coffee, thereby altering its taste and making it less bitter. Moreover, reducing the acidity of the coffee is an added health boost you don’t want to miss.
How do you go about it?
Just add 1 teaspoon of crushed or powdered eggshells to your coffee grounds and brew your coffee the way you always do.
Plus, you can toss the used coffee grounds with the eggshell particles in your garden to nourish the soil.
All of us have old cups and mugs that have become stained inside from holding caffeinated drinks over a prolonged period.
While many people simply choose to toss such mugs out, some of you hold onto them, maybe because you don’t see the point of discarding a mug simply because it is stained, or perhaps it has sentimental value.
Either way, you would definitely prefer your favorite mug without those hideous stains. Follow these steps to remove those stains using eggshells:
The stains will be lightened or vanished completely.
Eggshells can come in pretty handy if you have kids, if you occasionally babysit other people’s kids or if you are a teacher. Children love to get busy and be creative, and eggshells are a great way to keep them occupied.
One way you can use eggshells to make sure the kids have fun and learn something along the way is by teaching them how to grow a plant in an eggshell.
Your kids will have fun, be proud of their achievement and learn something too!
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