Quinoa is often known as a superfood, but did you know it also has super skin care properties? The native Quechua even refer to quinoa as “the mother of all grains” —and we’d have to agree! Not only does it allow us to create wonderful natural products for you, quinoa is jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids— all of which have the power to restore and revitalize your skin.
Have you ever wondered if there was a food with benefits that could make you feel as though you had super powers?
Well, we’re happy to let you know that it actually exists! And the best news is you can find it in all of our skin care products. It works just as well outside as it does inside your body, only better because it provides all its benefits directly to your skin, where you can actually see the results.
Quinoa (keen-wah) comes from a species of Chenopodium, or goosefoot, plants that originate from Perú in South America. It is actually a seed but commonly referred to as a grain. Quinoa is cultivated as a food source and has been named a “super food.” The plant itself usually grows to about 1-2 meters tall and has broad, powdery leaves arranged in an alternating pattern and in colors of purple, green, orange or red. The quinoa seeds usually vary in color from white to gold, red or even black.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) officially declared 2013 as “International Year of Quinoa,” defining it as a food with high nutritive value, impressive biodiversity, and one that has a worldwide important role to play in the achievement of food safety.
In addition to the wide health benefits of adding its nutrient richness to your diet, quinoa offers many other health benefits when applied to your skin! It is gluten-free and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids that can improve and preserve the health and appearance of your skin.
Commonly, most grains are considered to be inadequate as total protein sources because they lack sufficient amounts of the amino acids lysine and isoleucine. In comparison, quinoa is a complete protein source as it has substantial amounts of these amino acids, especially lysine, which is a protein building block in the skin’s collagen production mechanism.
Quinoa is also packed with calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, fiber, manganese (which helps to protect your skin from free radicals that cause cellular damage), and significant amounts of certain tocopherols (vitamin E family members) largely absent from most grains. Additionally, it has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients which make it a likely candidate for cancer risk reduction in humans.
For all these reasons, it’s clear to see why we have chosen quinoa as the main character in our quest to bring you the absolute best natural skin care products!