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Quail eggs and seasonal allergies

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Q: Can quail egg extract really help allergy sufferers?

A: The current evidence, a result of almost 50 years of research and development, confirms quail eggs are beneficial against allergy symptoms. The story starts in France back in the early 1970s, when a doctor noticed that quail farmers presented with fewer allergy symptoms than the general population.

Thinking that quail egg consumption was responsible for his observation, he gave quail eggs to his patients who suffered from seasonal and environmental allergies—and the results he saw confirmed his hypothesis. From there, a number of unpublished studies were conducted, totalling nearly 1,600 patients, again confirming that quail egg extract was both safe and effective.

Based on those early successes, researchers further refined the quail egg extract, resulting in what you’ll now find at your health food store.

In 2014, a clinical trial was published based on that formulation. Volunteers were given a standardized mixture of allergens (grass/tree pollen, dust mites, cat/dog dander), and then observed over a two-hour period. Researchers monitored the subjects’ peak nasal inspiratory flow (PNIF), an objective measure of breathing ability, as well as their perceived relief from a range of allergy-related symptoms.

Results showed that the subjects who took the extract were able to breathe significantly better than those who took the placebo, and subjective ratings of symptoms such as stuffy and itchy nose, and itchy and watery eyes were also significantly reduced. The product was observed to act in as little as 15 minutes and no adverse events were reported.

Given these results, if you suffer from allergies, and are not allergic to eggs, this unique quail egg formulation is worth a try.

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