Quail: Next Best Thing

Ever wondered why there is a mad crave for Quail Eggs? Ever wondered what’s special about that little hard shelled substance that sells so much on the food stand? Well, here it is.

Quail eggs are packed with vitamins and minerals. Even with their small size, their nutritional value is three to four times greater than chicken eggs. Quail eggs contain 13 percent proteins compared to 11 percent in chicken eggs. They also contain 140 percent of vitamin B1 compared to 50 percent in chicken eggs. In addition, quail eggs provide five times as much iron and potassium. Unlike chicken eggs, quail eggs have not been known to cause allergies or diathesis. Actually they help fight allergy symptoms due to the ovomucoid protein they contain.


indexRegular consumption of quail eggs helps fight against many diseases. They are a natural combatant against digestive tract disorders such as stomach ulcers. Quail eggs strengthen the immune system, promote memory health, increase brain activity and stabilize the nervous system. They help with anemia by increasing the level of hemoglobin in the body while removing toxins and heavy metals. The Chinese use quail eggs to help treat tuberculosis, asthma, and even diabetes. If you are a sufferer of kidney, liver, or gallbladder stones quail eggs can help prevent and remove these types of stones.

Quail is Renowned all over the world for the amazing health benefits of its eggs and meat (In fact, quail meat and eggs are considered a highly-valued delicacy), most Nigerians seem to be in the dark regarding the health values of this tiny divinely-sent bird which was mentioned in the Holy books (The Bible and the Quran) more than any other of its kind.

Quail bird is the meat that God gave the children of Israel in the wilderness when they were there for forty years. When they demanded for meat, God gave them quail meat and they were hale and healthy throughout their stay there (Refer to Numbers 11 V 31-32, Psalms 105 V 40 and Exodus 16 V 13). Quran 7:161 says, “And we caused the cloud to overshadow them and we sent down for them manna and Salwa  (Quail bird) and we said, Eat of the good things we have provided for you and they wronged us not, but it was themselves that they wronged”.

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Nutritionists see the egg as food and is one of the richest in essential ingredients, and that we all should consume at least one a day. In the research published by the Nutrition and Food Science magazine, researchers emphasized the egg’s important role in general health protection as well as loosing and maintaining body weight. Quail eggs are proved to be very valuable source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12 and vitamin D, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and other essential micro-nutrients, minerals and amino acids, which is why they are recommended for regular consumption. Quail eggs are considered to be one of the best known natural treatment products. Chinese medical practitioners have been using quail eggs as a treatment for hundreds of years with brilliant results. As quail eggs are slowly becoming an easy to get product in the market, more and more people are beginning to show interest in their use as an active natural medicine instead of the chemical products with so many side effects.

ghbnExperts in natural treatment methods claim that quail eggs have positive effects on people with stress problem, hypertension, digestive disturbance, gastric ulcer, liver problem, blood pressure and lipid control, migraine, asthma, anemia, various types of allergies, eczema, heart problem, bronchitis, depression, panic and anxiety illnesses. Quail eggs are also known to stimulate growth, increase sexual appetite, stimulate brain functions which improves intelligence quotient and generally rejuvenates the body.

Quail eggs provide five times as much iron and potassium. Why are Iron and Potassium (minerals) essential to the human diet? Iron deficiency can result in anemia. Iron is essential in binding to protein and carrying oxygen in the blood. Pre-menopausal women and children are most susceptible to Iron deficiency. An Iron deficiency begins via the main regulatory mechanism of Iron, situated in the gastrointestinal tract. When Iron is not absorbed there, deficiency /anemia can result. Quail eggs, providing 5 times the Iron to a chicken egg are simply a far superior source in so small a portion. Potassium when mildly deficient in humans typically shows no symptoms…However when symptoms do arise from a lack of Potassium intake they can present in the form of muscle weakness, muscle cramps and or constipation. The main way we lose Potassium is through excessive fluid losses such as sweating, polyuria (urinating a lot due to medications or diuretics such as caffeine intake) and by fluid losses from being sick (vomiting and such).

Quail eggs contain twice as much vitamin A and B2 than a Chicken Egg. A list of bodily functions that Vitamin A plays a role in are as follows: Vision, Gene Transcription, Embryonic development and reproduction, Bone metabolism, Hematopoiesis, Skin and cellular health, Antioxidant activity.
Vitamin B2 is also known as Riboflavin. Riboflavin deficiency classically presents itself via the cracked edges of the mouth ( Angular cheilitis), photophobia (light sensitivity) and dermatitis (dry< scaling skin)
and red bloodshot eyes (accompanying that photophobia). In animals, lack of Riboflavin can cause stunted growth and “failure to thrive”. We think the Quail Egg sounds better and better as we go down the nutrition list.

Do Quail eggs have cholesterol? Yes! The good kind. Quail eggs are rich in HDL cholesterol. HDL cholesterol helps balance the bad LDL cholesterol in blood levels. So Quail Eggs have the good kind of fat. Not all fat is bad. Not all cholesterol is bad. Remind yourself by associating HDL with that H equaling “Happy”. LDL can be remembered by the L equaling “Lousy”. Humans actually benefit by ingesting foods with higher HDL cholesterol.

Finally…Quail Eggs taste richer. Due to the increased levels of trace minerals stated above, there is a fuller flavor to the Egg of a Quail. Some have described the taste as “richer” or “like butter”. Quail are naturally insectivorous and consume mostly seeds and grasses or legumes in the wild. Their shell is more protective than that of a Chicken egg, utilizing a stronger membrane just under the hard shell. This membrane makes it more difficult for bacteria to enter naturally. We think the Quail lay a fantastic “wild egg” in every sense of the word. Enjoy them for their natural beauty, taste and health.

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