(which can help heal you and your pets’ joints!)
“An egg is known to be a nutritional powerhouse, packed with protein, vitamins and minerals in both its yolk and white, but the membrane that surrounds a developing embryo may possess even more amazing qualities that can benefit health and well-being.” –The Alternative Daily
What is the eggshell membrane?
The most annoying part of the egg when trying to peel it, of course! The rubbery membrane, which can actually be the extremely beneficial according to researchers and their studies.
“A 2009 study published in the Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging found that a supplement of natural eggshell membrane was effective for reducing knee pain and stiffness related to the condition without causing side effects that are known to result from long-term use of traditional treatments, like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.” – Livestrong.com
However this membrane needs to be offered at the raw, uncooked stage and not the boiled stage as heat can destroy the beneficial properties.
“Eggshell membranes contain substances with known benefits to joint health, including glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin and collagen.”- published on the Insider Health, February 2011.
To further stroke this membrane’s ego, according to Doctor Karen Becker:
Eggshell membrane contains a number of natural substances for today’s pets, including:
Collagen – A fibrous protein that supports cartilage and connective tissue strength and elasticity.
Elastin – A protein that supports skin, cardiovascular, cartilage, and spinal health. Elastin gives tissue its elastic tension and ability to resume its shape after stretching.
Desmosine and isodesmosine – Two little-known amino acids responsible for elastin’s elastic or “rubbery” properties.
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) – Includes glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid – vital polysaccharides that are structural components of connective tissue, interstitial fluids and skeletal structure.
Transforming growth factor-b – A protein that plays a crucial role in cellular differentiation and immune function.
The tricky part of course is actually peeling the membrane away from the eggshell. Crack the organic egg from your local farmer, use it as normal, and then attempt to peel that white rubbery skin-like membrane away from the eggshell. Then feed it direct to your pet or fire on top of their food!
The peeling may seem tough at first, but with a little bit of practice, you can turn what normally goes into your trash into a super nutritious healing machine for you and your pets.