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.
So, let’s just say we want to be sure we’re consuming PLENTY of calcium, especially if we are a pregnant or nursing mama!
I do best consuming ~ 2,000mg of calcium a day.
I feel the most calm and balanced and don’t suffer from muscle soreness or body stiffness. High-quality organic, and preferably raw, dairy products are phenomenal sources of calcium as are bone broths, fish bones, and even almonds.But since I would need to drink 2 quarts of milk to hit this quota, I sometime rely on a calcium supplement, especially when I’m nursing or pregnant.
Which one to chose? Calcium citrate? Hydroxide? Gluconate? Aspartate? Or Coral Calcium? And, I could go on!
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?
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. You can read more about it here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15018022.
Sounds great, huh? And it’s really easy to make.
Ingredients and equipment:
- 1 carton of organic pastured chicken eggs
If you can get fresh from the farm, even better and try to get eggs from chickens that don’t eat soy. Pay the extra price since this will serve as a supplement and is much cheaper than buying calcium tablets. Confused how to find or know if eggs are good quality? Here’s a tip… the thicker the shell, the more nutrients. I don’t have a good source close to where I live, so I order mine from Tropical Traditions and their farms in Wisconsin. I love theirs because they are SOY-FREE, something very hard to find in store bought, even organic eggs.
You will also need:
- 1 stock pot (where to buy)
- 1 coffee grinder (where to buy)
- 1 small Mason jar with secure and clean lid (where to buy)
- Use up your eggs as you normally would, keeping the shell in the carton to make your supplement
- When you have your dozen shells, rinse them well in water. Remove any whites that might be stuck but don’t remove membrane as these have extra nutrients.
- Fill a stock pot with approximately 6 cups of filtered water and bring to a boil.
- Carefully put your eggshells into water. (This will kill any harmful pathogens)
- Let cook for 10 minutes.
- Drain shells.
- Spread the shells on glass or stainless steel baking sheet and let dry overnight. In the morning, put in a 200 degree (Fahrenheit) oven for about 10 minutes to completely dry out.
- Once completed, put a few shells into a coffee grinder and run until they are pulverized into a granular form. Continue until all of your shells are powder.
- Store in a tightly sealed Mason jar in the cupboard away from heat or moisture.
How to Consume
1 tsp. contains approximately 800-1,000 mg. of calcium. Consume by mixing in a small amount of water with a meal. Consume 3/4 to 1 tsp daily, divided in 3 servings with meals. Don’t consumer more than 1 tsp a day as it can irritate sensitive digestive tracks.
How about YOU? What’s YOUR favorite way to get calcium into your diet?