What is Eggshell Membrane?
Eggshell membrane (EM) is a relatively new ingredient on the list of ingredients that have been used to mitigate the effects of joint inflammation in animals. Eggshells contain a thin membrane that coats the inner surface of the shell that is comprised of a wide number of proteins, amino acids, collagen-like proteins, enzymes, and glycosaminoglycans. When EM is consumed by an animal, the compounds found in EM will play a role in maintaining joint health. However, EM also has antimicrobial effects. The antimicrobial effects of EM can be utilized in animal feeds as an alternative to antibiotics for growth promotion in production animals. Thus, EM represents a new ingredient for veterinarian use for not only fighting inflammation in joints but also as an alternative to antibiotics for growth promotion activities.