In recent years, this gluten-free grain has become quite popular and has even been called the ‘Supergrain of the future,” let’s explore why exactly…
1. Protein rich
It is classified as a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. Most plant-based forms of protein don’t contain all nine essential amino acids, and many of them have to be paired to obtain the benefits.
2. Quinoa contains almost double the amount of fiber as other grains.
Fiber helps to prevent diabetes and heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and is most widely known to relieve constipation. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, can lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may even help you to eat less at meals as it takes a longer time to chew than other foods which makes you feel more satisfied and is less “calorie dense” meaning it has less energy for the same volume of food.
3. Quinoa contains Iron
Iron increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. Iron helps us keep our red blood cells healthy and happy and is the foundation of hemoglobin formation.
Iron supplies oxygen from one cell to another and carries oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. There are many benefits of iron some of which include neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, supports energy metabolism and enzyme activity.
4. Quinoa contains lysine
Lysine is a nutrient mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.
5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium
Magnesium is probably one of our most deficient minerals as it’s quite difficult to get enough of it from food. It assists in relaxing blood vessels and thereby helping to relieve migraines. Magnesium also promotes healthy blood sugar control which can reduce Type 2 Diabetes. More health benefits of magnesium include passing on of nerve impulses, detoxification, body temperature regulation, energy production, and the healthy formation of strong bones and teeth.