Health and beauty benefits of quail eggs

Quails are an ancient bird; they were one of the Egyptians’ favourite sources of protein (much needed when building the pyramids!) and were so common in those days that they even had their own hieroglyph. They have now been bred domestically for over 4,000 years and – according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds – there are 315 wild breeding males in the UK, with some varieties migrating to this country from as far as Africa.

With their uniquely camouflaged shells and tiny proportions, it is hard not to be enticed by the wonderful eggs which quails produce. Although they contain the same general make up as the common hen’s egg, the quail’s egg is slightly more nutrient-dense. They have a richer taste due to the higher yolk-to-white ratio, plus higher levels of vitamin B12 and iron. Read on to find out more about the benefits of quail eggs, and how they could contribute to your health and wellbeing.

Health and beauty benefits of quail eggs

Feel energised

With 10% more vitamin B12 per 100g than hen eggs, quail eggs will help provide you with a slow release of energy throughout the day. Vitamin B12 is vital for helping the body to release energy from food; it also aids the nervous system and helps in the creation of red blood cells, as well as processing folic acid.

Liz Earle Wellbeing Benefits of Quail Eggs 2Watch your weight

Being high in protein and low in both calories and fat, eggs are a weight-watcher’s best friend, and quail eggs are no exception. Containing 13g of protein per 100g, they make a wonderfully satisfying and low-fat snack during the day, or dip them into celery salt for a sophisticated evening nibble.

Look after your skin

With collagen-boosting proteins that can help maintain your skin’s elasticity, eggs are an excellent way to help keep you glowing. Quail eggs are delicious added to a salad or poached into soups. They are made even more tempting when you learn that they are full of the antioxidant selenium and cell-repairing lecithin, iodine and choline to help brain and thyroid function. Eggs can also be used externally as a pre-wash hair conditioner – simply leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water (you don’t want scrambled locks!) before applying your regular shampoo and conditioner.

Keep your bones strong

Eggs are one of the richest sources of vitamin D in the human diet. Regulating the amount of phosphate and calcium in the body, vitamin D is essential for keeping our bones and teeth strong. It is especially important that children under five get enough of this important vitamin to make sure their bones develop well in early childhood.

Buy responsibly

It is really important that you make sure you buy organic, free-range quail eggs. Although the eggs are marketed as coming from a wild game bird – they are often kept in poor, cramped conditions. So, when you buy these precious little eggs, make sure you get them from a reliable source such as your local farmers’ market or Clarence Court.

Wellbeing Wisdom

  • Eggs are one of the richest sources of vitamin D in the human diet, essential for keeping our bones and teeth strong
  • Quail eggs are full of the antioxidant selenium and cell-repairing lecithin, iodine and choline to help brain and thyroid function