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Quinoa is a super food, dubbed so by nutritionists and doctors for its plethora of health benefits. More precisely a super grain,

4 February 2015 Wednesday 09:32
Quinoa is a super food, dubbed so by nutritionists and doctors for its plethora of health benefits. More precisely a super grain, quinoa is derived from the seed of the quinoa plant, which is connected to the spinach family. Centuries ago, quinoa was the prime focus of the ancient Incan diet.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUINOA
-Quinoa contains more vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants than any other grain. In fact, you’ll get an impressive list of vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, potassium, and riboflavin, plus minerals like copper, zinc, magnesium, and folate, as well as the antioxidants phytonutrients quercetin and kaempferol, which lend anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting prowess to each bowl consumed.

-Quinoa is a rich source of complete protein, particularly for a grain. The secret is lysine, a rare amino acid not found in many other grains, which make the protein levels in quinoa comparable to those in milk.

-It turns out that eating quinoa also reduces your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, but it can also help you keep those glucose levels balanced if you already have diabetes. This is due to the fact that it’s rich in complex carbohydrates, or healthy carbohydrates, that slowly digest and keep you satiated for longer while keeping your blood sugar and appetite level.

-Several food studies also tout this super grain as a good source of magnesium, a vital mineral required for optimal metabolism, cardiovascular, and blood vessel function.

-If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from nasty migraine headaches, then you should be featuring quinoa in your regular weekly meal line up. Why? Quinoa is high in riboflavin, or vitamin B2, which promotes blood vessel expansion in the brain and reduces instances of migraine headaches.

-If you suffer from Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, quinoa will be your new noshing best friend. Quinoa is technically a seed. However, it’s unrelated to wheat, making it the perfect substitute for pasta, wheat flour, oatmeal, and so much more. You can grind, boil, bake, steam, and even fry quinoa.

-If you’re trying to lose weight, you will love quinoa not only because it’s extremely low in fat compared to other grains, but also because any fat present is almost all made up of essential fatty acids, or omega-3 fatty acid, which are healthy fats that promote further fat burning while keeping you full much longer than dishes made with rice or pasta.

-If you tend to have troubles in the digestion department or suffer from constipation, quinoa is one food that will encourage things to, shall we say, move along nicely. A serving of quinoa is high in dietary fiber that promotes optimal digestion and healthy, regular bowel movements.

-Numerous health studies have linked diets rich in quinoa with a reduced risk of developing future cardiovascular conditions—such as heart disease and stroke. This fiber rich food literally combs the walls of the arteries, removing plaque from the arterial walls, which can eventually build-up and cause a heart attack or stroke.

-Did you know that Inca warriors regularly consumed quinoa for its energizing powers? It’s true; quinoa was known as the “gold of the Incas” and celebrated for rewarding those who regularly consumed it with stamina, energy, strength, and speedy muscle recovery.


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