Ancient Grains 101: Omega-Salba
From the little white seeds of the Slavia Hispanica L plant, comes the gluten free super food Salba. Grown in the unspoiled Amazon Basin of Peru, Salba is a powerhouse of nutrition. The ancient Aztecs so highly regarded the tiny white seeds that they were considered more valuable than gold. Salba fortifies your body, helping you maintain a strong immune system and healthy weight while boosting your energy. The tiny seeds have more calcium than milk, more potassium than a banana, more antioxidants than blueberries, more omega than salmon, more magnesium than broccoli, more iron than spinach, more folate than asparagus and more fiber than flax seed. It is the Superman among super foods and provides a potent dose of optimum nutrition with a simple sprinkle.
Salba’s unique hydrophilic quality encourages weight loss, digestion, and elimination. The powerful seeds have the ability to internally absorb fourteen times its weight in water, stemming hunger and leaving you feeling satisfied. Just two tablespoons of Salba provides a whopping 25% of the daily recommended amount of fiber that helps to lower blood cholesterol levels while improving and preventing constipation.
Salba has an outstanding ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 and omega-6 are essential for good health. Omega-3 and omega-6 are vital to our optimal health by improving stamina, blood circulation, fertility, memory, and mental clarity, promoting healthy blood sugar levels, strengthening our heart muscles, supporting virtually every cell in our bodies, as well as protecting us from serious threats to our health. However, too much omega-6 and too little omega-3 can actually compromise our health. The primary source of omega-6 is linoleic acid (LA) which is found in oil added to most of our processed foods. The Standard American Diet is thought to contain up to 10 times the healthy amount of omega-6. Too little omega-3 compounded by too much omega-6 has been indicated in a number of health problems including mood disorders, heart disease, cancer and inflammation. Salba’s optimum omega-3 to omega-6 4:1 ratio promotes optimum health, providing you with all the benefits of balanced nutrition with none of the damaging effects of excessive omega-6.
Brimming with health benefits galore, you cannot help but love Salba! With no discernable taste, it will deliver an overall power packed boost to your nutrition. With all the wonderful benefits, it’s time for the tiny white seeds, once revered by our ancient ancestors, to take its rightful place in the healthy gluten free diet of today.
- Bea Lavelle