While scientists are working at high-pressure on developing healthier wheat-grain, the ancient superfood “quinoa”
is awakening the interest of an increasing number of health conscious people because of its nutrient richness and
At the beginning of 2015, I have discovered this powerful food in combination with my sports nutrition and has become
an important and integral part of my daily diet.
Home of quinoa is the Andean region of South America (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador). The advantages of Quinoa are -
it grows on poor soil; in barren heights and is not sensitive to heat or drought. For the Andean regions, it is one
of the most vital basic foods and its worldwide popularity is steadily increasing.
Quinoa is often called as “Inca grain” but it belongs to the food family of spinach, beetroot, chard, etc. It is a light and energy-rich food with plenty of vegetable protein, amino acids and a high content of minerals such as, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc, as well as vitamins of group B and E. The contained oil consists of unsaturated fatty acids and has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system and on cholesterol levels.
Vegetarians and vegans love it as a meat alternative in order to compensate and/or prevent any deficiencies. Compared with other grains, quinoa does not contain gluten and is therefore a valuable food for people who suffer from celiac disease or cereal allergy.
Quinoa in the kitchen
It is advisable to wash quinoa well before consumption, because the seed coats contains saponins, which taste bitter.
You can eat quinoa raw or cooked, as muesli or in combination with vegetables or as basic for fresh salads. Most people prefer it cooked and it is a perfect alternative to rice. Quinoa dishes are rich in fiber, easily digestible and have a vitalizing effect on a good body feeling.
Quinoa as natural food remedy …
… against migraine
People suffering from migraine could achieve a positive effect when regularly eating quinoa. Because quinoa contains plenty of riboflavin (vitamin B2), it helps to relax the blood vessels and prevents vasoconstriction, which is a
characteristic of migraine attacks.
… as a mood booster which relieves depression, sadness and gloom
Quinoa contains Tryptophan, which is an amino acid used for the production of the happy hormone serotonin which is needed in the brain and it also balances serotonin deficiency.
… against candida infections as well as high blood sugar and obesity problems
Quinoa inhibits the growth of candida yeast that feeds off wheat products or baked goods. It is extremely low in carbohydrates so only a small part reaches into the blood in the form of sugar and therefore it is an excellent food for all those who are struggling with blood sugar levels, weight problems or on a low-carb diet.
Petra Paetsch is the Founder and owner of TwoinOne, a unique wellness company that focuses in wellness massages and wellness travelling in Cologne, Germany. She has completed her training as a Master Spa Masseuse as well as Massage Trend course.
Xing: Petra Paetsch