Is It Really a Superfood? Quinoa and The Effects on Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Çetin Şanlalp S., Günay Ş.

Other, pp.408-412, 2019

  • Publication Type: Other Publication / Other
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Page Numbers: pp.408-412
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: No


Quinoa (Chenopodium Quinoa Willd.) is a psudocereal plant which has been consumed

for 5000 years. It has attracted the attention all over the world because of

its adaptability to all climate conditions and its biological, nutritional importance.

The year of 2013 was declared international quinoa year due to the fact that it is an

old plant that contributes to world food security. Quinoa has rich nutritional value

from protein, essential aminoacid, minerals and vitamins. Also it contains saponins,

phytosterols, phytoecdysteroids, phenolics that provides its biological activities. These

components may positively affect on health such as metobolic, gastrointestinal and

cardiac influences but nowadays there are limited studies on human health. In this

review, the cardiovascular effects of quinoa will be mentioned