This is a neat idea if it works. I do recycle (though I expect I could do better!) and usually chuck my egg shells on the compost heap. However it appears many people chuck them in the bin and they end up in landfill. Now an English businessman, Andrew Stacey, has come up with a rather unique idea- he wants to extract the collagen and glucosamine from the egg shells. So in the not too distant future the remains of your breakfast egg could end up being your glucosamine for osteoarthritis!
This is very much in the research stage and Mr Stacey has received a grant to research whether it is feasible to extract glucosamine for osteoarthritis
Andrew Stacey, director of Cellular Systems, has received a £25,000 Government grant to research the commercial feasibility of extracting products such as collagen proteins from egg shells.
Collagens, which are present in the thin white membrane that lines the inside of eggs, are used in the £1.2bn wound care industry because they provide a supporting cellular structure that helps healing. Another potential application of the shells is glucosamine, which is a supplement used in the treatment of osteoarthritis.
Mr Stacey, who is based at BioCity, has teamed up with Professor Carole Perry of Nottingham Trent University, who will spend six months researching the feasibility of extracting collagen and other compounds from egg shells Prof Perry said: “Egg shells are a good example of a bio mineral which is mostly made up of an inorganic, chalk-like material such as calcium carbonate but also contains organic compounds including collagen and glucosamines.
“What we are going to try to do is extract the mineral compounds by getting rid of the organic material and, vice-versa, try to get rid of the inorganic material so we can look at the organic compounds. The more gentle the process is, the more likely it is that we can extract the collagen and other compounds intact.”
Will this Type of Glucosamine for Osteoarthritis be Good Enough Quality?
To be honest who knows but I see no reason why not.
So far the research shows that it is the form the glucosamine for osteoarthritis that matters. Glucosamine sulphate has been shown to be much more effective than glucosamine hydrochloride which is often sold in the US.
Glucosamine sulphate is a key constituent in JointEase Plus along with Devil’s Claw and Boswellia serrata both of which have been shown to ease joint pain and inflammation.