The spotlight is turning away from egg whites and egg yolks and shining on eggshells, as more and more research shows that eggshells impart some pretty amazing health benefits. Eggshells contain 27 crucial minerals and a high concentration of calcium carbonate, a form and structure of calcium very similar to our bones and teeth and readily bioavailable (easy for the body to absorb). Animal and human studies have shown that eggshells help increase bone density, alleviate pain from arthritis, and encourage cartilage growth. Other studies have shown that eggshells can help decrease plaque buildup on teeth and gums, strengthen enamel through the process of tooth remineralization, and treat orthopedic diseases like osteoporosis or congenital dislocation of a hip.
Prepare some ground up eggshells to add into smoothies or to make eggshell toothpaste.
How to Supplement with Eggshells
Eggshell toothpaste can help clear plaque, prevent cavities, and even whiten teeth!
- Start with organic, free-range eggs—pasture raised eggs are even better
- Boil eggs—the boiling kills any lingering pathogens on the shell
- Peel the shells and allow to air dry
- Grind down into a fine powder
- Add to food, or better yet smoothies
Whip Up Some Eggshell Toothpaste
- ¼ cup eggshell powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- a few drops peppermint essential oil (food grade only)
Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Add more coconut oil until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency. Store in a Mason jar and scoop onto toothbrush with a spoon.