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Ethics application status
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Date data sharing statement initially provided
Date results information initially provided
Type of registration
Retrospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Effect of quinoa on blood lipids and circulating adiponectin in humans.
Scientific title
Effect of quinoa on blood lipids, circulating adiponectin, blood markers and physical activity in overweight/obese humans. Dose response trial compared to control group
Secondary ID [1] 288448 0
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
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Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Obesity 297474 0
Hyperlipidaemia 297475 0
Condition category
Condition code
Diet and Nutrition 297660 297660 0 0
Metabolic and Endocrine 297661 297661 0 0
Metabolic disorders

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Participants are randomly allocated into one of the four different treatment groups receiving either 0, 25, 50, or 100 grams of quinoa per day during 12 weeks intervention period. Participants are advised to consume the white quinoa seeds supplied at their convenience filling a quinoa calendar provided every day when quinoa is consumed, this calendar is returned in the following appointment.
Intervention code [1] 293775 0
Treatment: Other
Intervention code [2] 293779 0
Comparator / control treatment
Control treatment receive 0 gr of quinoa.
Control group
Dose comparison

Primary outcome [1] 297195 0
Blood Sample is taken into an SST tube (Serum Separating Tube) to analyse Circulating adiponectin
Timepoint [1] 297195 0
Time point: Baseline which includes 1hr and 2hrs after quinoa breakfast consumption and 6 and 12 weeks follow the first appointment
Primary outcome [2] 297205 0
Blood sample is taken into an SST tube (Serum Separating Tube) to analyse Lipid profile
Timepoint [2] 297205 0
Baseline which includes 1 hr and 2 hrs after consumption of quinoa breakfast, 6 and 12 weeks intervention.
Secondary outcome [1] 320305 0
Body composition measured using a DEXA scan
Timepoint [1] 320305 0
Baseline, 6 and 12 weeks
Secondary outcome [2] 320306 0
Physical Activity measure an ActiGraph Activity Monitor
Timepoint [2] 320306 0
Baseline and 12 weeks

Key inclusion criteria
Participants are checked against eligibility criteria before inclusion in the study. Inclusion criteria includes: BMI greater than 25, be able to communicate in English, age between 18 and 65 years old.
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
65 Years
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
Exclusion criteria includes BMI lower than 25, diagnosis diabetes or heart disease, pregnancy and also those taking medication for blood cholesterol management.

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Recruited participants are checked against the inclusion and exclusion criteria prior the enrollment for the study. Participants are randomly allocated into one of the four treatment groups by computer generated random number conducted by holder of the allocation schedule (Not the trial coordinator).
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Randomisation is done by block randomisation generating a list of random number in a computer program stratifying by gender.
Masking / blinding
Blinded (masking used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

The people assessing the outcomes
Intervention assignment
Other design features
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis
Statistical analysis will be performed by applying appropriate statistical tests using SPSS Inc. software Version 21, p <0.05 will be considered statistically significant. Of note, this is a pilot/ study of 100 participants, comprising 25 in each of the four treatment groups. A drop out rate of 20% or less is expected, this will equate to a minimum expected completion of 20 participants per treatment group which is considered suitable for the exploratory study.

Recruitment status
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
Recruitment postcode(s) [1] 12667 0
3083 - Bundoora
Recruitment postcode(s) [2] 12668 0
3086 - La Trobe University
Recruitment postcode(s) [3] 12669 0
3088 - Greensborough
Recruitment postcode(s) [4] 12670 0
3087 - Watsonia
Recruitment postcode(s) [5] 12671 0
3089 - Diamond Creek
Recruitment postcode(s) [6] 12672 0
3084 - Heidelberg

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 292792 0
Name [1] 292792 0
La Trobe University
Address [1] 292792 0
Kingsbury Dr/Plenty Rd, Bundoora VIC 3086
Country [1] 292792 0
Primary sponsor type
La Trobe University
Kingsbury Dr/Plenty Rd, Bundoora VIC 3086
Secondary sponsor category [1] 291530 0
Name [1] 291530 0
Address [1] 291530 0
Country [1] 291530 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Ethics committee name [1] 294284 0
La Trobe University Human Ethics Committee
Ethics committee address [1] 294284 0
Kingsbury Dr/Plenty Rd Bundoora VIC 3086
Ethics committee country [1] 294284 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 294284 0
Approval date [1] 294284 0
Ethics approval number [1] 294284 0
HEC 14 - 065

Brief summary
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) seed is catalogued as a pseudocereal due to the similarity with the cereal family but with a different nutrient composition. Quinoa is a crop related to beetroot and spinach, grown primarily for its edible seeds. Cultivated in the Andean region between Bolivia and Peru, recent interest in this plant has been due to the nutritional value of the seeds in comparison to other cereals. Comparative to other cereals, quinoa is high in protein and rich in antioxidants (Vega-Galvez et al., 2010; Gorinstein et al., 2007). The quinoa seeds are highly nutritious and contain 60% starch and 15% protein. In addition, quinoa is a rich source of anti-oxidants including flavonoids, phenolic acids and squalene. Research has shown a potential role for quinoa in reducing oxidative stress which is increased in response to a high sugar diet (Pasko et al., 2010), and has also been reported to reduce adiposity in response to a high fat diet (Foucault et al., 2012).

We have recently shown quinoa, contributing to 25% of the diet, to significantly increase adiponectin levels in C57BL/6 mouse models of obesity. Several studies have shown the benefits of increased circulating adiponectin particularly in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, some cases of type 2 diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome (Hotta et al., 2000; Spranger et al., 2003; Matsuzawa et al., 2004). Whilst body composition did not significantly change, a number of markers of health including lipid profiles were improved. The current study aims to assess the effect of quinoa seeds in varying quantities on adiponectin levels, blood lipid profiles and physical activity and body composition in overweight and obese humans. We hypothesise that inclusion of quinoa in the human diet will increase adiponectin levels and improve blood lipid profile in overweight and obese humans

Participants receive either 25, 50, or 100 grams of quinoa per day for 12 weeks and results compared to a control group (0 grams quinoa/day).
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Principal investigator
Name 63186 0
Dr Markandeya Jois
Address 63186 0
La Trobe University, Bundoora VIC 3086

Country 63186 0
Phone 63186 0
+61 3 9479 2172
Fax 63186 0
Email 63186 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 63187 0
Miss Diana Navarro - Perez
Address 63187 0
La Trobe University, Bundoora VIC 3086
Country 63187 0
Phone 63187 0
+61 3 9479 6039
Fax 63187 0
Email 63187 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 63188 0
Dr Markandeya Jois
Address 63188 0
La Trobe University, Bundoora VIC 3086
Country 63188 0
Phone 63188 0
+61 3 9479 2172
Fax 63188 0
Email 63188 0

Data sharing statement
Will individual participant data (IPD) for this trial be available (including data dictionaries)?
No/undecided IPD sharing reason/comment
What supporting documents are/will be available?
No other documents available
Summary results
Have study results been published in a peer-reviewed journal?
Journal publication details
Publication date and citation/details [1] 11164 0
Diana Navarro-Perez, Jessica Radcliffe, Audrey Tierney, Markandeya Jois, Quinoa Seed Lowers Serum Triglycerides in Overweight and Obese Subjects: A Dose-Response Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial, Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 1, Issue 9, September 2017, e001321,
Attachments [1] 11164 0
Other publications
Have study results been made publicly available in another format?
Other publication details
Citation type [1] 11165 0
Conference abstract
Citation/DOI/link/details [1] 11165 0
Attachments [1] 11165 0
Citation type [2] 11166 0
Citation/DOI/link/details [2] 11166 0
Attachments [2] 11166 0
Results – basic reporting
Results – plain English summary