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7 Health Benefits Of Quinoa - A Superfood For Improved Wellness

Updated on April 15, 2014

Quinoa is fast becoming one of the up and coming superfoods of modern times. Rightly so, as there are so many health benefits. It can be made into endless scrumptious recipes both hot and cold.

While quinoa is sometimes considered to be a whole grain, it is in fact a seed, though can be prepared like whole grains. Quinoa is personally my favorite whole grain as it takes less time to cook than other whole grains, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Plus it tastes delicous on its own, while other grains sometimes need some extra flavouring added.

7 Health Benefits Of Quinoa

There are too many health benefits of Quinoa to list within this article so let us take a look at 7 of them.

1) Quinoa is a complete protein. By that we mean it provides all nine essential amino acids necessary for great health. Your body cannot produce these nutrients naturally, so you have to really on getting them through your food.

Amino acids play an important role in supporting muscles, keeping your immune systems in great shape etc. Not all plant-based proteins are created equal. Rice, wheat and most of the other grains are missing one or more essential amino acids, but Quinoa gives you them all.

2) Quinoa contains nearly twice as much fiber as other grains. Fiber is well known to relieve constipation (alongside being fully hydrated). It can also help prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, it can help as part of a weight loss programme due to the fact it takes a longer time to chew than other foods. Therefore it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food, a win win in the reshaping process.

3) Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax your blood vessels which in turn can help to alleviate migraines (along with being hydrated, as your brain is 80% water). Magnesium can help in the battle of Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, vitality, and the formation of both healthy bones and teeth.

4) Quinoa contains Lysine. Lysine is a key component for both tissue growth and it's repair.

5) Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). Riboflavin (B2) plays the role of improving energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create a natural source of energy production within your body.

6) Quinoa has a nice high content of Manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant that helps to prevent damage of mitochondria (the engine within your cells) during energy production. It can also protect your red blood cells and other cells from injury caused by free radicals.

7) Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps to keep our red blood cells healthy. It also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron and some of the most important ones are regulation of body temperature, helping enzyme activity and an energy metabolism boost.

Quinoa is delicious to eat both hot or cold. So if we are cooking for a hot meal at home we tend to cook a full pan as it can be put into the fridge & stored for later in the week. Safe to reheat is another plus as it gives us the hot or cold option depending on the time of year.

Add this amazing super food to your shopping list and start experimenting with the 100's of different recipes it provides. Please feel free to leave a comment with your favourite Quinoa dish to share with our readers.


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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great info! I just started eating this food and I add it to my barley and lentils I cook up every few days to add to foods and salads and yes I have discovered it is good hot or cold. Glad I ran across this cause it is about time to cook up some more. Any leftovers go to my three hens and I am sure very good for them too and the eggs they give me. ^+

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      Barry Cross 3 years ago from York, UK

      Thanks for your positive feedback Janellegems! Pleased you got some value & enjoying the many health benefits of Quinoa. Cheers, Barry :)

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      Janellegems 3 years ago from United States

      I recently started eating quinoa. Thanks for an informative hub letting me know all the wonderful health benefits.