Natural Calcium Supplement – Coeliac Disease and Lactose Intolerance
Secondary Lactose Intolerance can be quite a problem for those of us who suffer from Coeliac Disease.
Essentially, whilst the Villi (small finger-like projections in the intestine which help transport nutrients into the bloodstream) are healing, it is imperative that products that are high in lactose are avoided – for example: dairy milks, yoghurt, cream, butter, margarine, soft cheese, etc.
What is the Connection between Lactose Intolerance and Coeliac Disease?
In newly diagnosed coeliac disease patients, secondary lactose intolerance is common due to the loss of lactase. Lactase is the enzyme that lives along the lining of the small intestine that digests the sugar in milk.
The villi also contain lactase. So when the villi are damaged, dairy intolerance is often the result. The difficulty digesting milk products that stems from ceoliac damage is called secondary lactose intolerance.
It is important to make sure that those with lactose intolerance still consume adequate amounts of calcium.
The two links below both explain in more detail how secondary lactose intolerance is caused by coeliac disease.
In our household we consume a lot of eggs, a minimum 2 dozen a week. They are used in all of our gluten free baking and are often eaten for breakfast and lunch. We, as you can imagine, have a mountain of left over eggshells.
For a while now I have been wondering what I could do with the leftover eggshells. We do crush and compost some and we also have a worm farm that they go into. Still, we seem to have more eggshells than we can dispose of.
So I Googled.
Amongst all the usual suspects (grow seedlings, put on garden blah, blah) I came across a fabulous idea – roast the eggshells, crush them into a fine powder and voilá!! Instant calcium powder; just as nature intended.
Egg Shell Facts
An eggshell is almost entirely made up of calcium carbonate.
A medium size eggshell has about 750-800mgs of calcium.
The eggshell contain pores that allows oxygen in and lets carbon dioxide and moisture out.
The shell colour and size is representative of the breed of hen.
Hens will eat the calcium from their shells.
Before I tell you my recipe, please note I only use organic, truly free range eggs from a reputable source. Otherwise who knows what added hormones, antibiotics and other nasty stuff the poor chickens are fed. I wouldn’t want to ingest that! Would you?
DIY Calcium Supplement
Ingredients and Method
Keep your eggshells. Wash them but don’t remove the inside membrane as this has extra nutrients. Place eggshells on a clean, dry tea towel and leave them overnight to dry out.
Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
Line a cookie tray with baking parchment and scatter eggshells on it. It’s better if they don’t tough each other.
Put the tray into the warmed oven for 9-10 mins (I like to see the inside membrane browned a little).
Remove eggshells from oven and let cool.
Once cooled, put your eggshells in a high powdered grinder such as a coffee grinder or Thermomix, even a mortar & pestle if you’re prepared to do the grinding yourself and pulverise until the eggshells become a fine powder.
Store in a sterilised, airtight jar away from moisture and sunlight.
Add 1/2 – 1 tsp a day (see note below) to your morning smoothie, breakfast bowl, yoghurt etc (there is no taste just lots of a calcium goodnes).
1 tsp contains approx. 800 – 1,000mg of calcium.
Don’t consume more than 1tsp per day as it can irritate sensitive digestive tracts.
Make sure you purchase eggs that are organic and free range without any added nasties or, even better, have chooks as pets to roam your yard – free range, eating all the insects – your eggs will be well worth it.
I give my daughter 1/4 tsp a day as she is 10yrs old and tiny.
Have Fun & Enjoy,