Quinoa

Quinoa is a seed that does not contain gluten. It has been eaten in South American cultures for hundreds of years. Quinoa needs to be rinsed before cooking as the seeds have a coating that when boiled create a soapy taste. It is protein rich and contains all eight essential amino acids that cannot be made in the body. Quinoa is also a source of omega-3 fatty acids with has been linked to lowering LDL cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) levels in the blood. Quinoa is a good source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and folic acid. It is also a good source for iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.

Nutritional Benefits

Vitamin B1
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Normal nervous system function
  • Contributes to normal heart function
Vitamin B2
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to a reduction of fatigue
  • Metabolism or iron and maintenance of normal RBCs
  • Maintenance of skin health
  • Prevention of call damage caused by oxidative stress
Vitamin B6
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to a reduction of fatigue
  • Normal protein and glycogen metabolism
  • Normal immune system function
  • Contributes to hormone regulation
Folic Acid
  • Important pre-pregnancy and in first 12 weeks of pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects
  • Contributes to normal red blood cell formation
    Iron
    • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
    • Aids in the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
    • Contributes to red blood cell and haemoglobin formation and the transport of oxygen around the body
    • Contributes to normal immune system function
    • Helps maintain normal cognitive function
    Magnesium
    • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
    • Helps to maintain normal muscle function
    • Contributes to protein synthesis and cell division
    • Maintains normal hormonal health
    Phosphorus
    • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
    • Aids absorption and utilisation of calcium in the bones and teeth
    • Contributes to normal cell membranes
    Zinc
    • Metabolism of macronutrient, fatty acids and vitamin A
    • Contributes to DNA and protein synthesis
    • Maintains normal bones, nails, hair and skin
    • Protection against oxidative stress and damage to cells
    • Maintains immune system health
    • Contributes to normal fertility levels
    • Helps to maintain normal levels of testosterone in the blood

     

    Risks and Side Effects

    There are no noted risks or side effects associated with quinoa.

     

    Uses

    Quinoa can be used to replace rice or other grains. It can also be used in salads and puffed to make breakfast cereals and cereal bars.

     

    Quinoa products we have available can be found here.