- What other names is Hyperimmune Egg known by?
- What is Hyperimmune Egg?
- How does Hyperimmune Egg work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Hyperimmune Egg.
Hyperimmune egg is used to treat diarrhea caused by rotavirus, infectious diarrhea, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and high cholesterol. It is also used for general stimulation of the immune system.
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- 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.
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Most of the research on hyperimmune egg comes from the manufacturer of a specific brand name product (Immune26, Legacy for Life). This and related products contain the proprietary ingredient, Egcel, which is a specific hyperimmune egg extract. According to product information, this product is produced first by repeatedly immunizing hens with at least 24 inactivated bacteria including Shigella dysenteriae, Staphylococcus epidermidis and simulans, Escherichia coli (E. coli), Salmonella enteritidis and typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and at least 6 species of Streptococcus.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Children: A non-commercial purified hyperimmune egg extract has been safely used in children aged 2-24 months in a research study lasting 4 days. But, it is not known if commercially available hyperimmune egg products marketed as dietary supplements are safe for children.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of hyperimmune egg during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Egg allergy: Hyperimmune egg is made from chicken eggs. There is some concern that people who are allergic to chicken eggs might also be allergic to hyperimmune egg products.
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).
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011