Quail eggs are the mid-sized eggs obtained from different species of quail birds. These birds are mainly found in Europe, North Africa, Southern United States, and in some parts of Asia too. When it comes to size, quail eggs are relatively smaller in comparison to duck eggs and chicken eggs, but they still provide a number of health benefits and beauty benefits.
These benefits are mainly because of the presence of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids, etc. in them. Although quail eggs provide a number of health and beauty benefits, it is better to eat them in moderation as there are also some side effects of eating too many quail eggs. In this article, we will know about these side effects in detail.
Side Effects of Eating Too Many Quail Eggs
(1) May Increase The Risk of Hypotension
Regular and moderate consumption of quail egg has been found to be very beneficial for providing relief from hypertension or high blood pressure which affects millions of people all around the world and is a leading cause of many cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat, etc.
Quail eggs are beneficial in controlling high blood pressure because of the presence of a mineral named “Potassium” in it. Potassium is a vasodilator which means it relaxes our blood vessels, improves circulation of blood and thus helps in controlling hypertension.
Although quail eggs are good for people with high blood pressure, it is advisable to eat them in moderation. This is because too much potassium in our body may lower our blood pressure to an abnormally low level and might increase the risk of hypotension ( low blood pressure), characterized by the symptoms like fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, depression, clammy skin, blurry vision, etc.
Also, if you are suffering from high blood pressure and already taking medication for the same, then it is advisable to eat quail eggs in moderation and better consult with your doctor about the same. This is because quail eggs may interfere with blood pressure medication and may worsen the situation.
Similarly, if you have low blood pressure then also you should consult with your doctor before including quail eggs to your diet as they may worsen your situation.
(2) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad For US
Quail eggs are a good source of many antioxidants and antioxidantal compounds that provides a number of health benefits. The antioxidants present in the quail eggs fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells.
Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that get formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are free electrons so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules, and while doing so they cause oxidative damage to them.
By preventing our cells from the oxidative damage, antioxidants not only reduces the risk of several types of cancers like skin cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, etc. but also provides a number of other benefits like improves cardiovascular health, strengthens the immune system, improves digestive health, improves cardiovascular health etc.
Although antioxidants are good for us and provide a number of benefits, it is better to eat quail eggs in moderation as too many antioxidants in our system can do more harm than the good. This is because it has been found that over intake of antioxidants for a long period of time can increase the risk of several types of cancers.
As per a study published in 1996 in the “Journal of the Cancer Institute”, it was found that smokers who took beta-carotene supplements in excess were more likely to develop lung cancer in comparison to those who didn’t.
According to another study conducted by the Office of the Dietary Supplements, it was found that taking Vitamin E supplements in excess (above 150 IU) on a regular basis for a long period of time can increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke to multiple folds and in some cases, it may even lead to death.
The reason the excessive level of antioxidants increases the risk of cancer is that of the fact that in excessive quantity, they also start targeting the healthy cells around them and thus increases the risk of cancer.
(3) Some Individuals Might Be Allergic To Quail Eggs
Quail eggs are a good source of “Ovomucoid Protein” which plays an important role in soothing allergies and also for providing relief from the various symptoms like congestion, inflammation, etc. caused by the allergic reaction.
However, it should also be noted that this benefit might not be true for everyone, and quail eggs may cause or worsen allergic reactions in them. It has been found that some individuals might be allergic to chicken egg and as well as quail eggs, and some individuals might be allergic to quail eggs without being allergic to a chicken egg.
If you are one of them and are allergic to quail eggs then you better avoid including quail eggs in your diet, as doing so will only worsen the situation.
(4) May Increase The Risk of Hypoglycemia
Consuming quail eggs on a regular and moderate basis have been found to be very allergic for diabetic patients or those who are at the risk of developing diabetes. This benefit of a quail egg is mainly because of their low glycemic index.
Glycemic index of a quail egg is low which means they release sugar into the bloodstream at a slow rate, and thus prevent a sudden spike in the blood sugar level. They also slow down the rate at which sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream and this helps in managing diabetes.
In addition to this, they are also a good source of “Leucine”, an important amino acid that balances our immune system, regulates blood sugar and thus helps in controlling diabetes.
Although quail eggs are beneficial for controlling diabetes, it is better to eat them in moderation. This is because eating too many quail eggs may lower your blood sugar to an abnormally low level, and may increase the risk of hypoglycemia, characterized by the symptoms like nausea, vomiting, tingling lips, excessive thirst, excessive sweating, anxiety, blurred vision, etc.
Also, if you are a diabetic patient and already taking medication for the same, then it is better to avoid eating too many quail eggs as they may interfere with the medication.
(5) May Not Be Suitable For Pregnant And Nursing Women
There is not much known about the effect of eating quail eggs during the pregnancy and nursing stage, so, for a safe side, it is better to include them to your diet only after consulting with your doctor.
This is because although they are a good source of many nutrients, they are not a complete food and consuming them in excess may give rise to various problems including the complications in pregnancy.
Pregnancy is an important stage in every woman’s life and what she eats and drinks determines not only her health but also the health and wellness of the fetus developing in her womb. At this stage, avoiding certain food is as important as including certain foods in your diet.
(6) Not So Good For The Digestive System
Eating quail eggs on a regular and moderate basis is beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy. This benefit of a quail egg is mainly due to the presence of various nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, etc. in them.
These nutrients keep our digestive system healthy and provide relief from various gastrointestinal problems like abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, etc.
However, eating too many quail eggs are bad for our stomach and should be avoided as it can give rise to problems like intestinal gas, intestinal blockage, flatulence, etc.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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Bharat Sharma is a Delhi-based writer who loves reading and writing research-based topics revolving around health, fitness, and nutrition. His love for writing started during his teenage and continues till date. After his graduation, he worked for GE Money, and IBM, but later found his true love i.e. blogging.