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How to Lower Inflammation, Boost Thyroid and Metabolism, and Protect Yourself from Cancer with Eggshells

By | 2017-04-24T22:38:22+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Hypothyroidism, Supplements|44 Comments

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:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • 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.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10705076

“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

(NOTE: Want even better results? Supercharge your homemade eggshell calcium supplement with Vitamin ADK Thyroid Formula for an even greater reduction in inflammation and bigger boost in your metabolism and thyroid function.)

Vitamin ADK Thyroid Formula

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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

So, if you want even better results, supercharge your homemade eggshell calcium supplement with Vitamin ADK Thyroid Formula for an even greater reduction in inflammation and bigger boost in your metabolism and thyroid function.

Vitamin ADK Thyroid Formula

If you enjoyed this simple supplement recipe and want to learn more…

Let us know in the comments section below.

About the Author:

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.

44 Comments

  1. Monroe Jeffrey October 20, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tip…

  2. Ann October 20, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I definitely am going to try this – easy (all you need is the eggshells – which I now have to get LOL)!!!

  3. Lee Anna Hope October 20, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

    What kind of egg shells are the best? Organic, pastured, regular?

    • Tom Brimeyer October 20, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Hi Lee Anna, that’s actually a great question because the quality of the eggshell depends largely on the quality/health of the chicken/hen. So, pastured organic will likely be best. But any eggshells will be better than none.

  4. Brenda October 20, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    There is a brand of eggs that stamps each egg with pink ink…is there any issue with the dye?

    • Tom Brimeyer October 20, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Hi Brenda, you might want to contact the company to be sure, but my guess is that it wouldn’t be a problem. Typically anything like that used in food production must be deemed food safe. However, that doesn’t mean everything labeled food safe is really safe.

  5. Maria Smith October 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom. Thanks for the recipe! With everything that I do throughout the day to try to heal myself, adding one more thing like, even this simple calcium recipe, seems overwhelming. Do you believe their might be a reputable company out there that actually has egg shell calcium already? Could it be something your company might manufacture in the future? 🙂 I’m just at the end of my tolerance with everything I do daily for the past 2 1/2 years – from popping supplements 4 x’s a day on a timed schedule (alarms set on my cellphone) to rubbing things on my body twice a day to taking gut healing liquids 15 minutes before eating, and adding all sorts of drops to my waters, etc. I’m sure you get the picture.
    Thanks so much!

    • Tom Brimeyer October 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Maria, not that I’ve found.

  6. John October 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I have a non-anaphylactic allergy to eggs, will the egg shells (even if washed, cleaned and baked) have elements of allergy inducing components as do the whites and yolk? If so, is there an alternative that can safely be used sans heavy metal issues?

    • Tom Brimeyer October 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      Hi John, as long as they are cleaned and sterilized properly, there should should only be shell left. As for an alternative calcium supplement, there is not a safe one I can recommend. However, the best source of calcium is always dairy.

  7. Danielle October 20, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    How would you recommend storing the eggshells as I’m waiting to collect a dozen of them? This would take me several days. Do I store them in the fridge?

    • Tom Brimeyer October 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Danielle, it doesn’t matter much since we sterilize them in the process.

    • Monique November 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      I collect my shells in a container in the freezer. Even though they get sterilized later, whatever organic matter is still attached to the shells can spoil and smell bad!

  8. Lisa October 20, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    I am off dairy temporarily for inflammation. I fully intend to put it back into my diet once the inflammation is under control (but only the good stuff). This will be great to use in the mean time. thanks!

  9. Sharyn October 21, 2016 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Thank you !!! I am going to give this a try & gives me a good excuse to eat more eggs !!! 😬😬

  10. Ashley Baird October 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I have often used eggshells as a supplement by boiling them in water with vinegar to dissolve calcium, and drinking the liquid. I always thought eating the shells directly would be a little hard on the digestive system and less efficiently absorbed. Any thoughts?

    • Tom Brimeyer October 21, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Hi Ashley, you can do that as well. You’re dissolving the calcium first in vinegar (acetic acid) vs. allowing it to dissolve in your stomach (hydrochloric acid). This produces a different form of calcium from the reaction, but it’s still beneficial. However, you do lose the carbon dioxide since it’s released by the vinegar before you consume it. But the eggshells aren’t hard on the digestive tract as the HCL reaction has the same effect.

  11. Katharina October 21, 2016 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Amazing advice. Thank you, Tom!

    • Tom Brimeyer October 21, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome. 🙂

  12. Christina October 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom,

    How much should we supplement if we eat dairy/follow your meal plan?

    I am breastfeeding and you mentioned in an email this supplement would be helpful.

    Just wanted to ask in case there is any risk in taking too much calcium. Eggshells seems very beneficial.

    Thanks!
    Christina

    • Tom Brimeyer October 24, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Hi Christina, since you’re breastfeeding, you’re calcium needs are even greater. What you do don’t get from diet your body will eventually begin to secrete prolactin to pull it from bones. There’s not a real concern of getting too much calcium within reason, although I wouldn’t recommend supplementing mega doses.

  13. Linda Skipper October 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    If you are allergic to eggs, can you tolerate egg shells?
    Linda L.S.

    • Tom Brimeyer October 24, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Hi Linda, it depends on the type of allergy you have. If severe IgE/anaphylactic then you might want to avoid due to the potential of egg-white residue. Otherwise, almost all of the egg is removed during the cleaning/sanitizing process.

  14. Christine October 22, 2016 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Great tip, thanks Tom. I’m definitely going to try this.
    .

  15. Teresa Farrell October 22, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

    If you use shells from boiled eggs do you still have to boil them again? Another question I have is,when you take any calcium supplement, how can you be sure it’s going to your bones and not your organs, which happens to some people, causing serious health problems?

    • Tom Brimeyer October 24, 2016 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Hi Teresa, that’s the calcium paradox, which is actually caused by calcium deficiency and the secretion of parathyroid hormone to raise blood calcium levels. Increasing calcium intake, getting adequate magnesium, and thyroid hormone (T3) all help to keep calcium out of the cells and prevent this disease process. See the study below as well.

      Calcium paradox: consequences of calcium deficiency manifested by a wide variety of diseases.
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10874605
      “Calcium deficiency is readily connected with osteoporosis, which is a decrease of bone calcium content. Less well known is the calcium outflow from bone that occurs to prevent decrease of blood calcium in calcium deficiency caused by the parathyroid hormone, with consequent calcium overflow into soft tissues and the intracellular compartment. Such intracellular paradoxical Ca overload as a consequence of nutritional calcium deficiency may give rise to a number of diseases common in old age: hypertension, arteriosclerosis, diabetes mellitus, neurodegenerative diseases, malignancy, and degenerative joint disease.”

    • Tom Brimeyer October 24, 2016 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Also, if you’re boiling the eggs already, they don’t need to be sanitized again.

  16. Maija Jokinen October 27, 2016 at 2:53 am - Reply

    My grandmother made a power drink of whole eggs).She put them in lemon juice, turned over, and poured juice. When the shells almost melted, he mixed them well. He also added a little honey and brandy. Enjoy a small glass of it a couple of times a day. Lived for a long time and in great shape. What do you think about this?

  17. jane mackay October 27, 2016 at 8:52 am - Reply

    I will try this — it seems so simple. Thank you I have no thyroid gland as it has been removed but I still have my parathyroid glands – will this be benificial to me. in the same way.

    • Tom Brimeyer October 27, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Hi Jane, yes it will.

  18. michelle November 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Hi Tom I have no parathyroid action so I take citracal petites 8 pills 3x daily for a total of 24 pills daily 4800iu there is no way I could eat that many eggs to make enough egg shells for this dosage is there any other form of calcium I could use that would be better to use. Liquid is not easy to use on the go and I have problems swallowing.

  19. RS November 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    This is quite amazing. One health practitioner is selling egg shell calcium and I tried it and found it to be very interesting…didn’t make me tired, as some supplements do. But to make my own is a wonder. How do we save the eggshells in order to get to 12, refrigerate them? This would be a weekend activity. Also, I see you mentioned that dairy is a safe source of calcium (alternatively). But I’ve heard that milk requires a buffer to be digested and it takes it from bone. For me, dairy my skin break out, not at first, but over time when I tend to substitute it for cooking real meals.

    • Tom Brimeyer November 3, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      There’s a lot of misinformation out there regarding dairy. We don’t encourage the spreading of it. Here’s more information on dairy:

      http://www.forefronthealth.com/hypothyroidism-and-dairy-intolerance/

      And there are plenty of studies that show dairy improves bone density and doesn’t leach it.

      Dietary modification with dairy products for preventing vertebral bone loss in premenopausal women: a three-year prospective study.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2294135
      “The study suggests that dietary modification in the form of dairy products retards vertebral bone loss in premenopausal women.”

  20. Kim November 5, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Tom may I ask where I should store the grinded shells ? I’d in the fridge wouldn’t they get full of moisture so I am thinking in the cuburd ? If so is there a shelf life. Mind you I can see myself using my supply up easily and then replenishing …..thanks for this article – excellent idea – I just made a batch !i am all about whole food supplementing.

  21. Maureen November 10, 2016 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Hey Tom, I no longer have a thyroid do the above doses still apply ?
    I have great shells from my eight hens who are only fed the best diet 😉

  22. Kim November 18, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Not sure Tom if you saw my comment above …..so I am reposting –
    Kim November 5, 2016 at 6:41 pm – Reply
    Tom may I ask where I should store the grinded shells ? I’d in the fridge wouldn’t they get full of moisture so I am thinking in the cuburd ? If so is there a shelf life. Mind you I can see myself using my supply up easily and then replenishing …..thanks for this article – excellent idea – I just made a batch !i am all about whole food supplementing.

    • Tom Brimeyer December 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Hi Kim, a glass container in a cupboard is typically sufficient.

  23. Sandy Ollen November 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Very interesting article Tom. Thank you for all your excellent information. I am endeavoring to absorb all of your articles and then order your supplements. We do have chickens and wonderful eggs, but I have a Calcium from Dairy Question: We are not milk drinkers. We do eat some cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese. Lately, we have discovered unsweetened almond and/or coconut milk. It agrees with us, is pleasant tasting and easy to digest…and it is said to have 50% more calcium than dairy milk. Whatchathink about this idea? We have been drinking several 8 oz. glasses a day. Fine print says: 2%or less of Vitamin and Mineral blend (calcium carbonate, vitamin E acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2). sea salt, natural flavor, sunflower lecithin, locust bean gum, gellan gum.

    • Tom Brimeyer December 2, 2016 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Hi Sandy, see those gums in the ingredients? That’s one reason to avoid those products. Keep in mind that dairy provides much more than calcium. But nut milks are generally thyroid suppressive. Coconut milks without gums or other additives are OK, but not a replacement for the important nutrition that dairy provides. I recommend you read this: http://www.forefronthealth.com/hypothyroidism-and-dairy-intolerance/

  24. Kami November 25, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Interesting article. I was wondering if high calcium via hair mineral test is really a calcium deficiency?

    • Tom Brimeyer December 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Kami, yes that’s “calcium paradox”. When calcium is deficient blood calcium can actually rise by leeching it excessively from bones. This can oftentimes be seen in hair mineral analysis.

  25. Nouman Minhas April 26, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Hi Tom, can i use boiled Eggshells to make Eggshell supplement ?

    • Tom Brimeyer April 26, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

      We boil them in step 3 of the process. If yours are already boiled then you can still use them.

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