Article from www.bodyecology.com

Over 5000 years ago the Incas cultivated the grain-like seed quinoa as one of their staple crops.

Now science has shown that this humble “grain” is actually a superfood! Quinoa is full of phytonutrients, antioxidants AND can even help balance your blood sugar.

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a grain; it is actually a seed and related to the spinach family.

Some of the nutrients in quinoa include:

§  Complete protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.

§  Magnesium helps relax your muscles and blood vessels and effects blood pressure. Quinoa contains high levels of this vital nutrient.

§  Fiber. Quinoa is a wonderful way to ensure that you consume valuable fiber that eases elimination and tones your colon.

§  Manganese and copper. Quinoa is a good source of these minerals that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances.

Quinoa can be your superfood: regulating your blood sugar, enhancing elimination, and keeping your heart healthy. Add this “mother grain” to your diet and enjoy the health benefits of quinoa, just like the Incas did thousands of years ago.

 

Sources:

1.     Quinoa, WHFoods.org.
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=142

2.     The Largely Unknown Health Epidemic Affecting Almost ALL Americans, BodyEcology.com.
http://www.bodyecology.com/06/12/28/unknown_health_epidemic.php

3.     Oelke, E.A., et al, “Quinoa,” Hort.Purdue.edu.
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/afcm/quinoa.html

4.     Quinoa, WHFoods.org.
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=142