Minerals are a vital necessity for optimal health and disease prevention. Minerals help maintain an alkaline state where waste and elimination are concerned. Even more, over a dozen minerals make up our bones. Minerals are needed and utilized for very specific functions and uses within the body in proper ratio; therefore, minerals are best taken in via food intake. Consuming foods rich in minerals is the best way to safeguard against mineral deficiencies. One way to receive an adequate supply of calcium is to create a unique and simple "supplementary" powdered form from eggshells. Here's how:
Purchase high-quality, cage-free eggs (organic are best). As you use and consume your eggs, save the eggshells. Rinse the shells under water to remove any egg white residue and membrane. Place in a plastic baggie and store in the refrigerator. As you consume your eggs, continue to add to your eggshell storage in your frig.
When you have filled a quart sized baggie with eggshells, bring water to a boil in a large kettle and add your eggshells (be sure to have enough boiling water to cover all the shells). Boil for 10 minutes to remove any possibility for bacterial contamination. Carefully remove the eggshells and drain of water.
Preheat your oven to 350° F. When you have removed the eggshells and drained them of water, place the shells on a cookie sheet. Place sheets in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until the shells are dry.
When you have removed your shells from the oven, let them sit to cool. When cool, grind the shells in a blender or coffee grinder until powdered. Store the powdered eggshell in a glass jar and cover securely.
Use 1/2 tsp, which supplies approximately 1,000 to 1,200 mg of calcium, and add to smoothies, shakes, soups, yogurt, and more!
Note: Calcium is most safely consumed and best utilized when coupled with magnesium in a 1:1 ratio. The eggshell powder is best when used with magnesium-rich foods.