Quinoa has been gaining recognition for its health benefits due to its macro- and micro-nutrient profile, especially because of its complete amino acid profile. One of the compounds found in quinoa has been researched for its effect upon exercise performance enhancement, reducing osteoporosis, and promoting wound healing. In our study we sought to understand how quinoa, rich in phytoecdysteroids, could contribute to diabetes management via the leaching process. The research looked at red quinoa, specifically quinoa’s properties while soaking in water. The leachate produced when quinoa is soaked demonstrated effectiveness in reducing blood glucose levels, offering the potential to aid in insulin resistance and prevention of hyperglycemia. Quinoa seed leachate may be a way to keep the health benefits of quinoa’s phytochemicals while preserving quinoa’s macro nutrients providing anti-diabetic therapeutic benefits.
Quinoa and Human Health
EAT – Enjoy this quinoa recipe or check out the Recipe section for more inspiration.
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 cup blueberries
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon
Bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce to low heat. Quinoa will be done when the seed has split and water has been cooked out. Add blueberries, maple syrup, cinnamon, any seeds or nuts desired and milk of choice. Enjoy warm or cold.
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