Is Quinoa good for the elderly?

Is quinoa good for the elderly ?

Over 5000 years ago the Incas cultivated the grain-like seed quinoa as one of their staple crops.

Now science has shown that this humble “grain” is actually a superfood!

Quinoa is full of  nutrients, antioxidants and can even help balance your blood sugar.

As a result, people everywhere are discovering the benefits of quinoa, a delicious whole “grain” that is easy to digest and full of high quality protein and fibre.

  • Complete protein. Quinoa contains 8 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.
  • Magnesium helps relax your muscles and blood vessels and effects blood pressure. Quinoa contains high levels of this vital nutrient.
  • Fibre. Quinoa is a wonderful way to ensure that you consume valuable fibre that eases elimination and tones your colon.
  • Manganese and copper. Quinoa is a good source of these minerals that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances.

Compared to other grains, quinoa is higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc than wheat, barley, or corn.

I am a big fan of good food and food that will ensure good health and ensure I eat a well balanced but low carbohydrate diet with plenty of protein and veg.

Quinoa contains a high level of protein and can easily replace meat or fish in a persons diet. It can also be added to soups a and stews to provide additional protein for the elderly.

A newly published study suggests that a diet containing a moderate amount of protein-rich food such as beef, fish, pork, chicken, dairy or nuts may help slow the deterioration of elderly people’s muscles.

Reducing the decline in muscle mass among the elderly is crucial to maintaining their health and independence, these researchers say. And they add that consuming adequate protein is essential for making and maintaining muscles.

Since nutritional studies show that many elderly individuals eat less protein than the average person, researchers have reasoned that if the elderly simply increased their protein intake, they might slow down muscle loss.

The advantages of quinoa for elderly people are as follows

  • Easy to chew unlike nuts and meat
  • Easy to digest unlike nuts and meat
  • High Fibre to reduce instances of constipation
  • Low fat
  • Gluten free

Quinoa can be used in stir fries,salads,soups and stew.



Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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