Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM)
Natural Eggshell Membrane: The membrane film on the inside of an eggshell is made of the exact ingredients that human joints are made of. It is a true, natural source of hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, and chondroitin. People with osteoarthritis (knee and joint stiffness) have seen amazing results from this new alternative to joint and tendon management. In fact, many have been able to get off pain medications completely once they started using NEM on a continual basis, after only a considerably short period. Customary treatments for osteoarthritis primarily attempt to focus on the symptoms (pain, discomfort, and inflammation) related to the disease. For the most part, this involves the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, and COX-2 inhibitors. Most arthritis drugs have negative side effects. There are natural alternatives that are proving to be unexpectedly effective. Most importantly, they come with no negative side effects. Currently, the most prevalent are called “Natural Eggshell Membrane” (NEM).
Case Studies on NEM
- There was a study in clinical intervention in aging that was done related to the eggshell membrane. It appears, NEM has the ability to reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis significantly and was shown superior to glucosamine and chondroitin. Another clinical trial performed with humans, 37 of them having osteoarthritis, showed that taking 500 mg of NEM daily resulted in a considerable decrease in pain in 7 to 30 days. 
- In a more extensive study, 39 patients received 500 mg of NEM, once daily, for 30 days. After only seven days, patients described an improvement in flexibility of 27.8%. After thirty days, a 43.7% improvement in flexibility was denoted. These percentages are based on Ontario and McMaster University’s osteoarthritis index. After a month, the average reduction in general pain was 72.5%.  This is magnificent news for suffering patients.
Find 100% Natural Eggshell Membrane
There is a special brand that contains only real NEM. The maker is Membrell. The product is called “Joint Health®”, and the reviews on it are spectacular. Again, it contains only 100% natural eggshell membrane. Ginger and Cherries contain high amounts of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals. These can eliminate pain for gout and arthritis sufferers. However, and most impressively, no food actually rebuilds cartilage, except natural eggshell membrane (NEM). Consider that the most popular joint/arthritis supplements are glucosamine and chondroitin, with sales nearing $1 billion annually.
What Makes NEM Unique?
For starters, Glucosamine is extracted from the shell of shrimp, crab, and lobster. Moreover, chondroitin sulfate is derived from animal cartilage. An example would be sharks. Eggshell membrane is made by separating the actual membrane from the eggshell. The eggshell membrane, once isolated, is partially hydrolyzed and dry-blended. Patients with an egg allergy should avoid taking this supplement.
Animal Age Too, You Know?
There have been marvelous studies yielding positive results on retired racing horses. Most impressively, Membrell also produces a medication that is particularly useful for dogs suffering from arthritis. We get asked about arthritis for pets all the time so, it is great to hear they have made dosages especially geared towards dogs. Maybe, we will get into anti-aging for pets some day. That would be awesome!
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 Ruff KJ, DeVore DP, Leu MD, Robinson MA “Eggshell membrane: a possible new natural therapeutic for joint and connective tissue disorders. Results from two open-label human clinical studies.” Clin Interv Aging. 2009; 4: 235 -40
 Ruff KJ, Winkler A, Jackon RW, DeVore DP, Ritz BW “Eggshell membrane in the treatment of pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study.” Clin Rheumatol. 2009 Aug; 28(8):907-14.