The history goes back more than 5000 years, where it originated in the Andean regions of Peru. The Incans used the grain as a fuel for their bodies, with the grain allowing them to become big and powerful. Incan armies marched for days only eating a mixture of quinoa and fat, known as 'war balls'. Those who conquered and fought the Incan, soon recognized the power quinoa provided for the Incan soldiers, so they outlawed its cultivation to destabilize the Incan civilization.
Why was it of such great use for the Incans?
Quinoa was an ideal source of nutrients and had high protein content, making it a real superfood. It is gluten free and great for people with cereal intolerance, because it is a pseudo cereal, just as buckwheat is, belonging to the species of the goosefoot genus. It is also low in calories, despite its many nutrients, making it perfect for any diet.
It contains essential amino acids which our bodies can't produce on its own, and these are important to keep the cell process flowing in order to live a more balanced life.
Quinoa also has anti-inflammatory benefits and helps to promote healthy gut bacteria which are very much essential for our whole wellbeing.
The high level of magnesium can lower blood pressure and it is a great source of iron. Iron is inevitable for the production of red blood cells in our system. B vitamins, zinc and calcium are also a part of the ling list of its health benefits.
It is a true superfood, either cooked, puffed or in desserts and snacks. If you want a more balanced mind and body add quinoa to your diet. Your cells will be thankful and smile right back at you.