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What is egg membrane?

Egg membrane is the thin, proteinaceous layer between the raw eggshell and the egg white. Biologically, it’s there to work with the shell to protect the egg yolk from outside contaminants. However, unlike the shell, egg membrane is rich in protein and other nutrients known to have many practical health applications.

Where does egg membrane come from?

Egg membrane is a relatively new ingredient. It contains many beneficial proteins and nutrients—nutrients that can also be found from a wide variety of different/alternative raw sources. Eggs are common, regulated and readily available across the United States. Biova’s raw material source comes from a controlled, vertically integrated supply chain that can scale to meet virtually any commercial need. Plus, the egg membrane Biova utilizes is a byproduct that had no prior commercial application—it’s essentially a recycled, “green” product. No animals are killed to procure Biova’s raw material source.

How does egg membrane become Ovacore™?

Egg membrane is mechanically removed from eggshells via our patented OvaPure™ process. It's then made water soluble using our patented Hydro5™ technology. This yields the water soluble egg membrane (WSEM) we call Ovacore™. All the natural nutrient ratios found in the egg membrane are retained in our water soluble product. Ovacore is very pure and is neither concentrated nor enriched. Ovacore is commercially available as BiovaFlex® for joint health, BiovaDerm® for skin care and BiovaPlex® for animal health. 

What commercial applications exist for egg membrane ingredients?

So far, Ovacore has been used in numerous healthcare products. It’s shown to support both human and animal joint health. It’s shown to have great benefits when applied to the skin. It’s an excellent ingredient for a functional food or a functional beverage, such as a sports drink. It can be applied to the skin as a cream. Or it can be simply taken as a capsule. 

Is egg membrane safe?

Yes. Direct research and a thorough review of published scientific literature yielded no suggestions of possible concern regarding the safety and tolerability of Ovacore. Additionally, no adverse effects related to Ovacore were observed during any of Biova’s animal and human studies.

I'm concerned about H5N1 Avian Flu—what safety measure does Biova employ?

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI—also known as “avian flu” or “bird flu”) is a respiratory disease native to wild birds. HPAI has the potential to cause significant mortality in commercial flock operations.

Biova’s commitment to manufacturing the highest quality ingredients is unmatched—so is our commitment to safety. Vertical integration with egg laying and egg breaking facilities—which ensure complete control of raw material sourcing—is just one facet of Biova’s multi-point biosecurity program. All partner egg membrane source suppliers are USDA inspected and regulated. These partners follow all safety guidelines and protocols called for by the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), as well as the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) guidelines. 

All Biova manufacturing facilities follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and the very nature of Biova’s patented processes eliminate bacteria and pathogens from its products. These efforts are further enhanced by the inclusion of a licensed DVM on Biova’s management team responsible for overseeing all operations.

If an HPAI outbreak occurs where any Biova partner facility falls within the geographic monitoring zone, specific operating procedures, which include heightened monitoring and biosecurity protocols, will be enacted. These procedures include shutdown protocols for execution when warranted. 

During the spring of 2015, HPAI did impact a percentage of the egg laying industry within the central United States. Biova immediately responded by implementing these pre-established monitoring and biosecurity protocols. When one of Biova’s suppliers was directly impacted, Biova immediately executed the shutdown protocol for the facility as a protective measure. At no time were any Biova products compromised.  

Quality and safety are yet another reason Biova is The Clear Choice.

Are all of your ingredients made in the USA?

Yes. Our raw eggshells are harvested in-line from USDA-inspected and -regulated egg breaking facilities right here in the USA.  The egg membrane is processed into Ovacore in our Iowa facility.

Ovacore has no side effects, right?

Correct. Based on extensive studies, egg membrane is safe for human consumption. If you have egg allergies, or are pregnant or lactating, you should consult with your health care practitioner before consuming.

What about egg allergies?

Since our product is 100 percent pure egg membrane, those with egg allergies should consult with their health care practitioner before using/consuming.

Can I take too much egg membrane?

Not if you’re following any known, recommended use directions. Again, if you have egg allergies or are pregnant, Biova recommends consulting with your health care practitioner before using products containing egg membrane ingredients. 

Is your product environmentally friendly?

Yes. Biova’s Ovacore comes from what is essentially recycled material. Egg-breaking facilities have long tossed the egg membrane and shells into landfills. Biova’s founders saw that tiny membrane as treasure among the trash. Something just going to be tossed aside has been put to good use in Ovacore.

Can I buy Ovacore?

No, not literally. Ovacore is an in-process product, not a commercially finished ingredient. Customers can buy…

(a) BiovaFlex for human joint health applications

(b) BiovaDerm for human cosmetic applications

(c) BiovaPlex for animal health applications

 This trio of branded ingredients are the finished, commercially ready ingredients made from Ovacore.

Does Biova's egg membrane/OvacoreTM have hyaluronic acid in it?

We don't make claims that HA is present in our egg membrane ingredients. Ovacore is protein-rich, but the industry standard Enzymatic HPLC testing methodology we ascribe to doesn't reveal any significance of HA. Using a different testing methodology some manufacturers claim presence of HA in their eggshell membrane products…compare the common level of known, verifiable egg membrane elements, such as GAGs, protein, collagen and we think the choice will be clear.

 

We encourage everyone to discover the many clear advantages Biova, our patented OvaPure™and Hydro5™processes, and Ovacore™ water soluble egg membrane ingredients—BiovaFlex® for joint health; BiovaDerm® for skin care; BiovaPlex® for animal/companion pet health—have to offer.

 

We believe you'll find — The Clear Choice is Biova.

 

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