Written by Lacy Boggs Renner
There are lots of legitimate reasons you might need to take calcium supplements—especially if you're a woman of a certain age—but over the counter calcium pills can cause more problems than they solve. Recent studies have linked calcium supplements to heart problems and kidney stones.
But the problem isn't with the calcium itself, its with the way the supplements are processed. If you aren't getting enough calcium from your diet, you can bypass all that by making your own calcium at home with just two simple ingredients.
Lemon Egg Calcium Supplement
You will need organic eggs and organic lemons.
- Carefully place whole, clean, uncracked eggs in a wide-mouthed jar or container and cover with freshly squeezed, organic lemon juice.
- Cover the jar loosely and place in the refrigerator for 48 hours. You will see bubbles form around the egg as calcium leeches from the egg and dissolves the eggshell. You can gently (very gently!) agitate the jar a few times a day to speed the process.
- Once the bubbles have stopped, carefully remove the eggs from the liquid, being careful not to break the membrane. Cover the jar tightly and shake well, then store in the refrigerator.
You can take up to 2oz of the lemon liquid per day straight, in tea or water, or in place of lemon juice in recipes.
The calcium citrate you will get from the lemon and egg mixture is one of the very best and purest forms of dietary calcium you can get.
Always consult your doctor whenever you add a supplement to your diet.