Friday, 14 February 2014

Quinoa - Antioxidant, Super Food

Quinoa, a superfood, full of antioxidants, minerals and phytonutrients


Quinoa is a super food. ‘Quinoa is close to one of the
complete foods in nature
because it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.’

What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a plant grown in Bolivia and Peru. It is related to spinach. The seeds
are used to make a delicious porridge or to add to salads. It can be made into
pasta too. Quinoa is gluten-free and easily digested so is a wonderful food for people with Coeliac disease.

What is a super food?

A super food is described as having 'high nutrient or phytochemical content that may confer health benefits, with few properties considered to be negative.'

Quinoa, pronounced keen-wa,  contains all nine of the essential amino acids required by the body. These amino acids are used by the body to build our muscles. 
Magnesium, the great relaxer is contained in high quantities in Quinoa. Magnesium helps relax the muscles and blood vessels and so affects blood pressure.

This wonderful superfood also contains fibre which helps in elimination from the body and tones the colon.

You might know that I think very highly of minerals. Without calcium our bones are weak, without iron we are tired and breathless, without magnesium our body is all tense. Quinoa is very high in manganese and copper, another two minerals. Quinoa is higher in calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium and zinc than wheat, barley or corn.

Quinoa acts like a prebiotic. It feeds the microflora or good bacteria in your intestines.

This complete food does not feed fungal or bacterial infections in the body. 

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