Do you eat your eggshells?
If not, you’re throwing away one of the most therapeutic parts of the egg and you don’t even realize it.
Sure, egg yolks, in particular, contain numerous thyroid-boosting nutrients.
Yet, don’t underestimate the power of the eggshell.
Believe it or not, eggshells can be used to help improve your thyroid health in numerous ways.
Today, I’m going to show you exactly how to make your own eggshell supplement.
First, let’s talk about why you need it, and why it’s so important.
Calcium deficiency is a major problem in hypothyroidism. This is only worsened by the unnecessary, yet growing fear, of milk and dairy today.
(NOTE: Dairy isn’t the problem. Instead of avoiding dairy, I help my clients fix the underlying problems as covered in detail in this article on “How to Overcome Dairy Intolerance Once and For All“.)
So, you can easily become stuck in a Catch-22.
Adequate dairy is essential for restoring thyroid function. Yet, most hypothyroidism suffers are not getting the calcium they need from the right sources.
My clients know that I don’t recommend calcium supplements.
Almost all calcium supplements are not properly balanced and are contaminated with toxic heavy metal.
That’s far from ideal.
Yet, as Dr. Raymond Peat has mentioned, eggshells are the one exception.
For starters, according to Dr. Peat, eggshells are a great source of calcium because the calcium is properly balanced with other trace minerals.
Plus, according to a study done by ESM Technologies…
“Eggshell calcium is naturally low in heavy metals and so is the ideal source for calcium. Other natural sources of calcium, such as bone meal, oyster shell, etc. are generally much higher in heavy metals.”
Yet, that’s just the beginning.
How an Eggshell Can Lower Inflammation, Boost Metabolism and Thyroid, and Protect Yourself from Cancer
Calcium deficiency contributes to a number of health issues.
One of its most notable effects is causing high levels of parathyroid Hormone (PTH).
Parathyroid hormone is responsible for regulating your blood calcium levels. So, when you don’t get adequate calcium from your diet, it rises to pull the calcium from your bones.
Yet, elevated parathyroid hormone is also associated with a number of health issues including:
Elevated Histamine (and other Inflammatory Mediators)
This is where eggshells really shine.
By restoring calcium levels using eggshells, we see a healthy decrease in parathyroid hormone along with its numerous benefits.
First, eggshell calcium significantly lowers inflammation.
Parathyroid hormone stimulates mast cells to release a number of promoters of inflammation including histamine and serotonin. Serotonin then increases parathyroid hormone, trapping you in a continuous state of inflammation.
This elevation of serotonin also directly suppresses your thyroid function by driving the Hypothyroidism-Serotonin Cycle.
(NOTE: Want to learn more about how serotonin suppresses your thyroid and the Hypothyroidism-Serotonin Cycle? Learn more in this article on Hypothyroidism and Anxiety.)
Second, eggshell calcium boosts your metabolism in two ways.
When you take eggshell calcium and it interacts with your stomach acid, it releases carbon dioxide in the process. This helps further lower inflammation and stimulate healthy oxidative metabolism.
Eggshell calcium also inhibits the fat-forming enzyme, fatty acid synthase. This decreases the thyroid-suppressive free fatty acids in your blood and further promotes healthy oxidative metabolism.
Third, eggshell calcium can help prevent cancer.
Eggshell calcium’s ability to inhibit the fat-forming enzyme, fatty acid synthase, also helps prevent cancer.
Studies show that human cancer cells express high levels of the fatty acid synthase enzyme, which is associated with aggressive tumor behavior and tumor-cell growth.
Fatty-acid synthase and human cancer: new perspectives on its role in tumor biology.
“fatty-acid synthesis is now associated with clinically aggressive tumor behavior and tumor-cell growth and survival”
Eggshell calcium also provides protection against a number of other health issues including:
Protects against osteoporosis and osteopenia
Protects against dementia
Helps regulate blood pressure
How to Make Your Own Eggshell Calcium Supplement (Recipe)
Now that you know just how beneficial eggshell calcium is, I want to show you how you can easily make it yourself, from the comfort of your own home.
So, don’t throw your eggshells away.
If you’re not getting adequate calcium from dairy or other sources, then use your eggshells to boost your thyroid.
Here’s the simple 5-Step Eggshell Calcium Supplement recipe.
You only need one ingredient… eggshells.
Step 1. Collect Your Eggshells
I recommend collecting about a dozen or so eggshells before starting the process.
If you’re not eating eggs, or at least egg yolks, as part of your healthy thyroid diet, then you’re missing out on a number of easy thyroid-supportive nutrients.
Step 2. Clean Your Eggshells and Remove Inner Membrane (Optional)
This step is best done during the collection process, shortly after using the egg(s).
You’ll want to clean the eggshells by rinsing them with water to remove any remaining egg-white from the inside of the egg. This will reduce any foaming during the next step.
This next part is optional, but will help your eggshell grind into a finer powder.
I also recommend removing the thin inner membrane of the eggshell.
You can do this during the cleaning process by gently running your finger down the inner-edge of the eggshell. This will loosen the membrane as your work around the rim of the eggshell.
Once loose, you can remove the membrane by peeling it from the inside of the shell.
Be careful not to break the shell during this process.
Step 3. Boil Your Eggshells for 5 Minutes
Now that your eggshells are all collected and clean, you need to sterilize them by boiling.
Get a pot of water and submerge your eggshells.
Bring to a boil and let sit for 5 minutes.
If there’s a lot of foam, skim it off during this process. If you’ve cleaned the eggshells well, this will be minimal.
Step 4. Bake Your Eggshells at 220°F (107°C) for 20 Minutes
Now that you have clean and sterile eggshells, it’s time to dry them out.
Pre-heat your oven to 220°F (107°C).
Place your eggshells, inner side up, on a baking sheet and bake them for 20 minutes.
Your eggshells should now be dry, but not browned. If they begin to brown, lower the temperature.
Step 5. Grind Your Eggshells into a Fine Powder
Now that your eggshells are clean, sterile, and dry, it’s time to turn them into powder.
I highly recommend the use of a coffee-grinder for this step, as it works best for creating a nice and fine powder.
Add the eggshells to the coffee-grinder, breaking them up so that they all fit.
Pulse the eggshells in the coffee-grinder into a fine powder.
Store the eggshell calcium supplement powder in a glass jar in a dry place.
There you go.
You’ve just made your own high-quality eggshell calcium supplement that’s better and safer than any other calcium supplement you’ll find.
But you still need to learn how to use it, right?
How to Use Your Eggshell Calcium Powder Supplement (Recommended Dosage)
Ideally, you want to get a minimum of 1,500 mg of high quality calcium daily.
If you’re not getting adequate calcium from dairy, then here’s what I recommend:
¼ to ½ teaspoon (1.25 to 2.5 ml) three times per day.
This provides roughly 1,000 to 1,500 mg of calcium.
The best way to take this eggshell calcium powder is to add it to about ¼ to ½ tablespoon (3.7 to 7.4 ml) of soft/melted coconut oil. This helps to buffer the powder, for ease of swallowing.
Swallow and follow with liquid, preferably orange juice.
I recommend taking this eggshell calcium supplement with meals and orange juice to help improve absorption.
How to Supercharge Your Eggshell Calcium Supplement
As I’ve mentioned, getting adequate calcium is essential for your thyroid health.
It helps to lower inflammation, boost your metabolism, and can even help prevent cancer, among other therapeutic benefits.
But, there’s also more we can do to help regulate calcium levels in your body to further lower your parathyroid hormone levels.
This means an even greater reduction in inflammation and a greater boost to your metabolism and thyroid function.
I help my clients do this through the use of three specific vitamins.
Vitamin A helps to lower parathyroid hormone by balancing the ratio of calcium to phosphorus in your body.
And both Vitamin D and Vitamin K are essential for your cells to use calcium properly, which is also important for lowering parathyroid hormone.
Vitamins A, D, and K are all essential for proper calcium regulation and restoring thyroid function, which is one of many reasons why I use them with my clients.
About the Author: Tom Brimeyer
Tom Brimeyer is the founder of Forefront Health and the creator of the popular Hypothyroidism Revolution program series. Specializing in thyroid and metabolism disorders, Tom's work has impacted over 50,000 people spanning more than 60 countries. Tom is also a highly sought after practitioner who runs a successful health consulting practice where he continues to help clients across the globe to take back control of their lives from their devastating health conditions.