What the Scientific evidence say about Quinoa?
Quinoa, an edible, grain-like crop from the Andes region of South America, is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, and contains several prebiotics, which promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. It possesses the capability to modify gut microbiota, and the consumption of Quinoa can have a positive
impact on the maintenance of intestinal ecosystems.
We know that diet can directly influence our gut microbiome from infancy, and for this reason, Quinoa, which is packed with microbiome-friendly compounds, provides a perfect first weaning food.
Source: Scientific Reports, Nature Research.
Quinoa can support the immune system to fight off infections
Quinoa is rich in essential fatty
acids like linoleic acid and
linoleneic acid, which play
important roles in immunity and
Among edible agricultural crops, quinoa seeds contain the highest levels of phytoecdysteroids; steroid molecules which have immunomodulatory properties
Sources: Graf et al, Compr Rev Food Sci Food Saf., 2015; Fan et al, Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 2019; Marino et al,
Animals 2018; Yao et al, J Food Sci 2014.
DID YOU KNOW Quinoa promotes the growth of good gut bacteria for healthy child development and absorption of nutrients?
Research shows that Quinoa leads to balanced gut microbiota and plenty of
The effects of Quinoa on human gut microbes was first tested back in 2016; a group of scientists observed that Quinoa increased the presence of “good bacteria” that are known to promote health.
Bifidobacterium is the dominant bacteria in the breastfed infant gut; at 6-month-old the gut contains mostly Bifidobacterium, Collinsella, or Bacteroides
Quinoa as a Prebiotic: prebiotic foods help to feed healthy microbes in the gut, and their
benefits are often measured by an increase in Bifidobacteria. Research shows that Quinoa
helps to increase Bifidobacteria!
GOOD GUT BACTERIA
INCREASED BY QUINOA
Meet our Lovely Science and Nutrition Team
Joao is a former general medicine physician with extensive scientific research conducted at Harvard Medical School on the impact of metabolism in disease progression. Joao has business strategy training in Life Sciences obtained as a consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, and is passionate for promotion of plant-based diets as a means to achieve a disease-free lifestyle.