Back To Grain Basics

Ancient Nutrition

Grains that have been used as food for centuries are now making a comeback in our modern diets. Grains such as amaranth, millet, teff, quinoa, and buckwheat are ancient varieties that have been virtually unchanged, as apposed to modern grains that are often selectively bread, bleached, and genetically modified.

The Benefits:

  • Contain protein
  • Have a good daily dose of fiber
  • Vitamin & mineral content often meet or exceed those of modern grains
  • Available in kernels or flours (more cooking options)
  • Gluten Free: easier on the stomach and people with health issues


Amaranth- an Aztec grain that is a good source of folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and phosphorus. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pricking Amaranth (amaranth, or pigweed) is used for conditions with the patterns of excess heat in the blood. It may also help treat excess internal heat, remove dampness, blood in stools, edema, gallstones, hemorrhoids, sore throats, and even snake bites.

Millet- this grain is a staple in Africa and India. Millet is a good source of B-vitamins, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, and iron.

Quinoa- contains all the essential amino acids and is a complete protein. Also, it is a good source for B-vitamins, Vitamin E, iron, magnesium, folate, phosphorus, and zinc.

Buckwheat- common in China it is a good source of phosphorus, iron, and magnesium. In TCM buckwheat is great for the intestines (esp. the lower jiao), helps eliminate internal heat, moves energy downwards, relieves swelling & pain, heals vaginal discharge, and helps stop diarrhea.


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5 Foods To Start Eating Today!

5 Foods To Start Eating Today


  1. Beets

Beets are a great source of folic acid, fiber, magnesium, and potassium. Beets are used to help treat disorders of the liver because they help with the liver’s ability to detoxify. They are also gaining recognition for their anticancer properties. Their fiber content helps with bowel function and cholesterol levels.

Be sure you select a healthy, firm looking beet with the leaves attached. You can eat both the leaves and the root of beets. If you are keeping the beets for more than a couple days, cut the leaves leaving about two inches of stem to keep the root healthy. Raw beets do not freeze well, but cooked beets do.

If you are prone to oxalate kidney stones you should avoid beets because of their high levels of oxalate.


  1. Lemons

Lemons are a great source of vitamin C. They also contain B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids, and the important phytochemical limonene. Limonene is being used in clinical studies for its ability to dissolve gallstones and its anticancer properties.

Lemons are alkaline once metabolized, which can help balance your body’s pH level. Warm lemon water has also been used to aid digestion for years.

However, some people are allergic to the peel. The peels also contain high levels of citral, which interferes with the effects of vitamin A. Like beets, lemons contain oxalates, so people with calcium-oxalate kidney stones should limit lemon consumption. Lemons are known to have high levels of pesticide residue, so choose organic!

  1. Quinoa

Quinoa is considered a grain. It is a good source of magnesium and manganese. It is a complete protein that contains all the essential amino acids. It also has high levels of vitamin B2, vitamin E, and dietary fiber. It is a good source for minerals such as iron, phosphorous, copper, and zinc.

Quinoa is good for people who may have food sensitivity to grains because it is wheat and gluten free. Also, because it is a complete protein it is a good for vegan/vegetarians who may have a protein deficiency due to their diet.


  1. Mung beans (common beans)

Mung beans offer a good source of complex carbohydrates and fiber. They are a good source of folic acid, and molybdenum. They also contain phosphorus, iron, protein, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.

Beans are known for their cholesterol lowering fiber. Their high fiber content also helps regulate blood sugar levels. Mung beans are a good idea for people with diabetes, insulin resistance, and hypoglycemia. Some studies have suggested that mung beans help regulate hormonal activity because of their isoflavones nutrients. This can help ease post-menopausal symptoms.

Studies have shown beans to contribute to heart health, as well as protect against cancer.

Beans are known to be high in purines, which are broken down into uric acid. This can lead to problems in people with gout or kidney stones.


  1. Coconut (oil)

Various parts of the coconut have been used for medicinal purposes throughout the tropics.

The coconut contains high levels of medium-chain saturated fats, as opposed to most other nuts that contain long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Coconut oil can increase the good cholesterol HDL. It is also converted into monolaurin in the body, which acts as an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial agent. Studies have suggested that coconut oil also protects against heart disease and promotes weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolic rate.

Avoid products with hydrogenated coconut oil because hydrogenated oils have been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.


This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.