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 membrane is the thin layer between the egg white and the shell that was designed by nature with a perfect matrix of compounds to nourish what’s growing inside.
The membrane is a rich source of many nutrients like glucosamine, collagen, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid and amino acids, which are known to play an important role in offering relief from joint pain and stiffness as well as connective tissue disorders. Extracts from the membrane may also help to ease osteoarthritis symptoms, according to a 2009 study.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. The researchers 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.
Each of the important compounds within the eggshell membrane is known to offer benefits, including glucosamine, which can reduce joint inflammation while cushioning the joints against impact and assisting in cartilage repair. The hyaluronic acid helps to absorb shock while promoting joint elasticity; chondroitin promotes cartilage elasticity and helps to battle enzymes known to damage the joints. Collagen is a type of protein found in connective tissue.
Keep in mind that once an egg is cooked, the benefits of the membrane are lost, which means that it must be taken in supplement form.
Those that suffer from a joint or connective tissue disorder like neck and back pain, gout and all types of arthritis and fibromyalgia may also find that eggshell membranes are effective for reducing pain associated with these conditions. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging found that participants who took 500 milligrams of natural eggshell membrane supplements daily had significantly reduced joint pain.
The membrane can also be used for a number of other conditions, so don’t throw that shell out just yet. Instead, peel the membrane off and use it as an aid for healing. It can be used on a cut or scratch by placing the moist side of the membrane over the cut and leaving it there until dry. For additional benefits, spread egg white over the top and place a bandage on top.
You can also use the membrane to help clear up pimples or draw out blackheads. If you get a splinter that’s difficult to remove, placing the membrane onto the area can help draw it out once it dries. Always make sure to use organic eggs.
Did you ever imagine how versatile one little egg could be?
-The Alternative Daily