The quail eggs, from the bird that created a huge buzz in Kenya three years ago have unique compounds that could effectively treat food allergies.
Researchers at the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute and the China Agricultural University, Beijing, have in animal experiments confirmed quail eggs can effectively treat chronic throat allergy.
Called Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) this is a chronic inflammatory disease which seriously affects the patient’s normal life. The disease manifests in the patient’s oesophagus which remains in an endless inflamed state.
In a report published on 18th January in the journal Scientific Reports the authors describe the quail egg as different from other bird eggs.
The difference is particularly in its egg white, found to be richer in proteins that have anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Current drug for treating this kind of allergy are mainly steroid based and not recommended for long use especially in children.
Consequently the current findings may herald an opportunity for developing news allergy drugs. However some of the processes for developing such treatments have already been patented in the US.