quinoa5Overall Nutrient Richness

Perhaps the most striking health benefit provided by quinoa is its overall nutrient richness. When the nutrient composition of this food is analyzed in depth, the results are unusual and striking. Quinoa can be eaten in the same way as a grain, or ground into flour like is so commonly done with grains.

Most grains are considered to be inadequate as total protein sources because they lack adequate amounts of the amino acids lysine and isoleucine. The relatively low level of both lysine and isoleucine in the protein of grains is what causes these amino acids to be considered as the limiting amino acids (LAAs) in grains. In other words, these LAAs prevent grains from serving as complete protein sources in our diet. By contrast, quinoa has significantly greater amounts of both lysine and isoleucine (especially lysine), and these greater amounts of lysine and isoleucine allow the protein in quinoa to serve as a complete protein source.

In terms of fat content, it only takes 63 calories' worth of quinoa to provide 1 gram of fat, quinoa is typically considered to be a valuable source of certain health-supportive fats. About 25% of quinoa's fatty acids come in the form of oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and about 8% come in the form of alpha-linolenic acid or ALA—the omega-3 fatty acid most commonly found in plants and associated with decreased risk of inflammation-related disease.

Quinoa contains significant amounts of certain tocopherols (vitamin E family members) largely absent from most grains. For example, one cup of quinoa provides 2.2 milligrams of gamma-tocopherol—a form of vitamin E that has been more closely associated with certain anti-inflammatory benefits in health research. Quinoa is also a good source of RDA nutrients like folate, copper, and phosphorus.
Yet another key mineral—calcium—is especially concentrated in quinoa in comparison to grains. On an ounce-for-ounce basis, quinoa provides over twice the amount of calcium as is found in whole wheat.

Quinoa is an equally impressive food in terms of its overall phytonutrient benefits. In many Central and South American countries, the leaves of the quinoa plant are valued for their betacyanin pigments, which provide some of their bright reddish shades. But even the seeds themselves can be phytonutrient-rich and can provide significant amounts of antioxidants like ferulic, coumaric, hydroxybenzoic, and vanillic acid.

The antioxidant flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol are also especially plentiful in quinoa. In fact, the concentration of these two flavonoids in quinoa can sometimes be greater than their concentration of high-flavonoid berries like cranberry.

Considered in combination, these diverse nutrient benefits of quinoa give it uniqueness among grain-related foods. This high overall level of nourishment provided by quinoa may qualify as its greatest health benefit.

Quinoa is a perfect food to include on a gluten-free diet, since it not only lacks gluten but doesn't even belong to the same plant family as wheat, oats, barley, or rye. Some studies also show quinoa flour to have higher-than-expected digestibility.

Easy Digestibility and Nutrient Assimilation

Blending fruits and vegetables together breaks down the cells of plants and improves digestibility. Your blender unlocks the nutrients and maximizes their delivery to your body more than chewing any salad could. Smoothies are quicker and more convenient than preparing and thoroughly chewing a salad, especially when you are on the go.

Antioxidants

Green smoothies are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Not only are you giving your body the best defenses for disease, but you are ingesting a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum health and fitness. Increased Energy Smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without bogging down your digestive system. Since you are eating natural, whole foods in the most optimum form for your digestion and nutrient absorption, you will have more energy to get things done and enjoy your day.

Increased Fibre Intake

Green smoothies use the whole fruit and vegetable so that you get all the fibre and nutrition. Fibre is essential for good colon health and it keeps your bowels in working order. Clearer Skin Clearer, radiant skin is an often-reported benefit to eating healthier. Smoothies are high in fibre and allow your body to eliminate toxins the right way instead of through your skin.

Reduce Cravings

Green smoothies reduce cravings for junk foods, unhealthy sweets, salt and fats. You will find that after a few weeks of drinking smoothies, you will crave healthier foods such as fruits, vegetables and greens. Rich With Chlorophyll Green smoothies are rich with chlorophyll which some natural health experts say enhances the immune system, purifies the blood and rejuvenates the body.

Alkalizing

Fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods and many natural health experts claim that consuming these foods helps maintain a proper alkaline balance in the body. Acid-producing foods (as well as the over-consumption of protein) can raise the PH level of the blood, which can cause your body to leach calcium from your bones to neutralize it, thus increasing your risk for osteoporosis.

Adapted From: http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/green-smoothies/green-smoothie-health-benefits/

purple carrotsPurple carrots originated in Persia and have been used for thousands of years.

Why are they good for you?

Carrots are a great source of fibre and vitamins A, K, C and B6. They're low-GI and the red-orange pigment that gives carrots their colour (beta carotene) provides protection against macular degeneration and the development of cataracts for the elderly. Purple carrots contain all the nutrients of orange carrots, but they've also been shown to have greater anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects. A recent Australian study showed that the purple pigment that cases the carrot contained up to 28 times more anthocyanin antioxidants than those in orange carrots. Carrots in general help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer.

How do you use them?

They may look different, but there's no trick to cooking purple carrots. Just treat them the way you would orange carrots. To store your carrots, place them in a plastic bag in the coldest part of your fridge. If the carrots still have their green tops, remove them as they'll take moisture from the carrots and cause them to wilt.

Source - Notebook: - November 2010 , Page 81

Garlic health benefits
Garlic ranks as one of the most potent remedies of all time. For effectiveness and health benefits, it even challenges some of the conventional medicines today!
Powerful sulfur compounds in garlic kill and inhibit an astounding assortment of bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold, parasites and worms, frequently on contact. They also work within the body’s vital systems, such as the circulatory, digestive, immunological, to promote detoxification, cleansing, lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system and healing. All in all, garlic helps promote good health.
 (*remember that it does not *treat* any disease or illness, but can help prevent)
• Fights respiratory diseases
• Inhibits cancer
• Kills herpes on contact
• Thins blood
• Is an anti-oxidant
• Detoxifies
• Lowers blood sugar
• Lowers cholesterol
• Treats HIV/AIDS infections
• Strengthens the immune system
Is there anything Garlic can’t do? If anything can be called a ‘wonder-drug’ it should be GARLIC.
You can also add it to almost any savory dish for the most delicious flavor and aroma.

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