Could egg shells be a good source of calcium?
Like I said yesterday, today, I’m going to be focusing on answering your personal questions about bone health…
Answering questions is one of my favorite things to do because I know that many of you spend a lot of time online researching and reading and sometimes it’s just nice to get a solid answer back from someone.
For me, it makes me feel like I’m supported and not alone.
I hope it does the same for you!
In this Q & A, I’m going to answer questions about calcium and raw vegetables, using egg shells as calcium supplements, and when to take HCL.
Let’s get rolling…
Can you absorb calcium from raw vegetables?
“I’ve read so much literature about our body not being able to absorb the type of calcium found in most raw vegetables. Is this true? If now, how much of the calcium in raw veggies is our body able to absorb?”
Thanks for your question, Nabilla! There is conflicting information about whether or not plants are good sources of calcium. In order to figure out who’s right or not here, we need to step back from the back and forth and actually get real tangible data.
There are two types of information that you can learn from health experts or sources. One is theory. The other is clinical data.
Theory comes from people reading studies and coming to conclusions that may or may not work in the human body.
Clinical data comes from those who are working with patients and actually observing theory in practice.
Dr. Williams, a clinician, speaks about oxalic acid – which can bind with calcium to inhibit some of its absorption – as being a possible issue for those who are already depleted in calcium. He’s seen this happen with his patients.
This is from his clinical data. This may or may not deplete calcium in any individual, but for those with bone loss, they must be aware that just eating plants to restore calcium levels may not be enough.
On the other hand, in an interview with Vesanto Melina another dietitian and clinician, she explained that she reversed her bone loss using a plant based diet. (Here’s her story)
So armed with these two (yes, they’re only two) instances, we have to understand that both may be right. I know it’s a brain teaser, but it is possible for both answers to hold truth.
This is why the approach I recommend is not one that gives blanket answers any more. I’ve eaten my words too many times doing so.
The best way to determine if something is working for you is to work with a practitioner and test your theories with medical and diagnostic testing.
If you don’t, you’ll just continue to be confused. I know, because I was there before. After my candida issue, I was convinced that I still had an overgrowth, because I was weak and tired all the time.
When I tested my hormones, I realized that it wasn’t the candida that was making me this way, it was my very low pregnenolone. This saved me a significant amount of time, money and stress – since I was able to pinpoint the cause of the issue and address it specifically.
Also, for those who feel that this is too expensive, I understand and at the same time, I urge you to consider how expensive it may be struggling to find a solution when you have no details at all.
Egg shell with lemon juice?
“Hi Kevin, what do u think about taking egg shell with lemon juice in order make it calcium citrate?”
Anna, I’ve never done this before, but I’ve heard of people using their egg shells for this purpose. Mixing the lemon juice with the powdered egg shells does produce calcium citrate, I would just be sure to note that it’s not an exact process – so you will get unconverted calcium along with the calcium citrate. How harmful is this? I really have no idea, though I think it is likely a non-issue.
My only concern about using egg shells is that you want to make sure they are sterile – no matter if they’re organic or not (though I don’t think eating non-organic eggs is good practice anyway.) Non-organic eggs – not only feed a corrupt and cruel system – they also are known to carry salmonella. Organic, farm fresh eggs (you’d get at the farmer’s market or local farm), while it’s less likely they’re carrying anything from a factory farm, could still possibly carry bacteria as well.
So if you’re going to use egg shells, make sure you wash them well and use a little hydrogen peroxide to kill any microbes that may be hanging around on them.
When do you take HCL?
“Kevin and Dr. Williams: when to take the HCL? with the meal, after or… thank you.”
For HCL, you want to take this during or right after your meal. The reason why is because you’re adding an acid directly into the stomach. If you haven’t eaten anything, there’s a chance that the HCL could cause some discomfort (and with multiple empty stomach uses maybe even possible damage.)
I’d also hesitate taking it right before a meal, just in case you have a quick change of plans or get distracted before you actually do eat something.
Your question of the day: Have you ever taken egg shells and lemon juice as your calcium supplement? Have you even heard about it?