What other names is Hyperimmune Egg known by?
Egcel, Egg Albumen, Egg Extract, Egg Powder with Immune Components, Extrait d'Œuf, HEY, Huevo Hiperinmune, Hyperimmune Hen Egg, Hyperimmunized Egg Yolk, IgY, Immune Egg, Immunoglobulin Egg Extract, Immunoglobulin IgY, Œuf Hyperimmunisé, Yolk Immunoglobulin.
What is Hyperimmune Egg?
Hyperimmune egg is an egg from a hen that has been vaccinated against certain infectious diseases. The hen develops specific antibodies that rev up the immune system to fight the specific diseases included in the vaccination. These antibodies pass into the hen's eggs. People harvest the eggs and remove the antibodies. These antibodies are then used to treat diseases in people.
Hyperimmune egg is used to treat diarrhea
caused by rotavirus
, infectious diarrhea
, rheumatoid arthritis
, and high cholesterol
. It is also used for general stimulation of the immune system.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Diarrhea caused by rotavirus (rotaviral diarrhea). Developing research suggests that a preparation of purified antibodies from hyperimmune eggs harvested from hens immunized against strains of rotavirus can modestly decrease rotaviral diarrhea in children aged 2-24 months.
- Osteoarthritis. One research study found that some people with osteoarthritis feel less joint pain or swelling after taking a specific "immune egg" powder formulation (Immune26, Legacy for Life) for 2 months. But some researchers believe this study was not well designed and the results might be questionable.
- Rheumatoid arthritis. One research study found that taking a specific "immune egg" powder formulation (Immune26, Legacy for Life) for 2 months does not significantly improve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Poor study design significantly limits the reliability of this research.
- High cholesterol. Developing research suggests that taking a specific "immune egg" powder formulation (Immune26, Legacy for Life) for 26 weeks does not significantly lower cholesterol.
- Infectious diarrhea.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of hyperimmune egg for these uses.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).