Don't throw out your eggshells. Why you need to bake your eggshells instead

Think you're getting all the vitamins and minerals you possibly can from the incredible, edible egg? Think again. If you are cracking your egg into a bowl and tossing the shell into the garbage can, you could be missing out on some surprising health benefits. 
Researchers have studied the egg shell for more than 10 years and discovered that there are plenty of reasons to keep the shell around, according to LA Healthy Living. 
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Health Benefits of Egg Shells
Eggshells contain lots of minerals that are great for the bones. 
"Eggshells contain the perfect amount of the ideal substances for healing cavities--massive amounts of calcium and 27 other minerals. The composition of eggshells resembles our teeth," according to LA Healthy Living. 
In addition, LA Healthy Living reports that eggshells could speed healing in orthopedic diseases.  Live Strong reported the vitamins and minerals in eggshell could reduce bone loss in post-menopausal women. 
Toxinless, reports that one controlled study indicated that eggshell calcium increased mineral density in the hip. Another study on rats showed that eggshell calcium increased overall bone mineral density. 
Considerations
If you plan to make eggshell calcium yourself (a simple recipe you can do in your own kitchen), there are a few things to think about. The first is hormones and chemicals. LA Healthy Living recommends choosing organic eggs to avoid chemicals and hormones. 
Second, cleaning. Improperly preparing and cleaning the egg shell could lead to food poisoning, due to the presence of salmonella, according to Live Strong. Cook the eggs you plan to use at 140 degrees for at least 3 1/2 minutes to kill bacteria. 
Preparation: The video below shows you how to prepare calcium powder at home.
When you are finished, you'll have a fine, white powder you can add to your food or take as a supplement. You'll want to store your new supplement in sealed container in the refrigerator.
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