Quinoa is a well-known super-food, which is a flowering plant grown for it’s edible super-grain seeds!
First off, how do you pronounce Quinoa? You’re not alone if you’ve ever wondered this!
Quinoa is pronounced – ‘ke-NO-ah’ or ‘Keen-wah’.
Quinoa seeds are gluten-free and an excellent source of protein. Quinoa is considered a complete source of protein, due to containing all nine amino acids.
Quinoa also takes far less time than Brown Rice to cook, which takes 30 minutes.
Quinoa takes only 15 minutes!
Quinoa is regarded such a super-food that roughly 20 years ago NASA declared Quinoa a prefect food for Astronauts. Due to being a vital and complete source of protein, gluten-free and super-rich in minerals!
Quinoa seeds have quite a bit of history, going back to the Ancient Inca’s.
Traditionally Quinoa seeds are regarded as a sacred food and the ‘Mother of all Grains’ believed to give more health benefits than other grains.
Benefits of Quinoa
There are over 100 types of Quinoa the most common are; Red, Black and White Quinoa – as well as Flaked Quinoa and Flour.
1. Improves Condition of Skin & Complexion
Quinoa is rich in vital B vitamins, which are nutrients which help treat skin pigmentation like age spots.
Reducing dark melanin from forming in the skin, it’s the vitamin B12 that Quinoa interacts with which helps aid a healthy skin complexion.
2. Strengthens Hair Follicles
The protein content of Quinoa is what helps strengthen hair follicles.
The Hydrolyzed protein found in Quinoa protects the hair follicle from within. The Hydrolyzed protein is also manually extracted and used in many types of hair products.
Hair also becomes stronger, this is due to the nine essential amino acids found in Quinoa that act as natural strengtheners which promote hair growth and also help repair damaged hair.
Let’s forget another hair and beauty 101 – that is vitamin E!
Quinoa is loaded with vitamin E which helps keep the scalp from drying out and reduces hair breakage.
3. Helps Tissue Repair
Quinoa is the only (grain) let’s call it! that contains Amino acid 17 and is very rich in Lysine.
When our bodies sustain injury or illness and tissue needs to repair and grow, we need Lysine in our bodies to aid with the healing process.
Quinoa is high in Lysine, Protein and has the very valuable – Amino acid 17 (as well as all the other 8 Amino acids).
4. Helps Treat Dandruff
Our bodies need the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals to be healthy and stay that way.
Quinoa is loaded with vital minerals which include; iron, phosphorus and calcium.
These minerals help to seal moisture in the scalp and stop flaky dry scalp and dandruff from happening.
5. Aids in Helping Anemia
Iron is a vital supplement for those with Anemia or pernicious Anemia.
Quinoa is exceptionally rich in iron, just one 185g cup of cooked Quinoa – contains 15% of our daily iron requirement.
Quinoa also contains another nutrient known as riboflavin.
Riboflavin is a vital mineral our bodies need to produce hemoglobin, which is a part of the red blood cells that bind and carry oxygen in your blood.
6. Weight Loss
Quinoa is rich in fiber, one cup 185g contains 2.5g of soluble fiber. Which is known as per research, and medical studies to aid in weight loss.
Quinoa also contains 20-hydroxyecdysone a very valuable mineral that proven to help with weight control.
Research suggests 20-hydroxyecdysone consistently helps weight control by helping burn more calories and speeding up the metabolism.
Quinoa Flakes – Available to Buy Online
Big Oz manufacture, stock and supply Quinoa Flakes which are available to buy directly from our website, as well as various other UK stockists.
Free-from 14 known allergens, containing no added salt or sugar – just 100% pure, organic Quinoa!
Nutritional Values Of Quinoa
A cup of quinoa (185g) contains 222 calories, just 4 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein.
If all that wasn’t impressive enough, take a look at what other nutritional values Quinoa has!
- 318 milligrams of potassium (9% DV)
- 281 milligrams of phosphorus (28% DV)
- 118 milligrams of magnesium (30% DV)
- 78 micrograms of folate (19% DV)
- 8 milligrams of iron (15% DV)
- 4 milligrams of copper (18% DV)
- 2 milligrams of thiamine (13% DV)
- 2 milligrams of manganese (58% DV)
- 2 milligrams of zinc (13% DV)
- 2 milligrams of riboflavin (12% DV)
- 2 milligrams of selenium (7% DV)
- 2 milligrams of vitamin E (6% DV)
CHECK OUT THIS QUINOA FLAKES RECIPE: Protein Packed Quinoa Porridge
Quinoa is one of the world’s super-foods and for good reason too!
People have been consuming Quinoa as part of a stable diet for over 4,ooo years, with 80% of Quinoa globally still grown in Bolivia and Peru.