health benefits of quinoa

Last night, I made a version of this quinoa recipe, adding sun dried tomatoes and Trader Joes turkey sausauge. The recipe turned out delicious and extremely filling, and it left me wondering about all of the health benefits of eating quinoa.

Quinoa is a highly nutritious food from South America that was once considered “the gold of the Incas.”  The Incas of South America considered it sacred and used it in their rituals. They referred to it as ‘chisaya mama’ or mother of all grains, with the Inca emperor sowing the first seeds of the season using ‘golden implements’. Quinoa is higher in amino acids and protein and can be easily substituted for almost any grain, as it is gluten free. The coating of the saponin gives it a bitter taste, so it needs to be washed away before cooking. Rich in proteins, iron, calcium and potassium, copper, and potassium, it helps prevent type 2 diabetes, childhood asthma, heart diseases, gallstones and migraines.

Health Benefits:

  • Quinoa is rich in protein content. In fact, it is a complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids, especially lysine, which is required by the body to grow and repair tissues.
  • Quinoa is a good source manganese and copper. These minerals act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances.
  • The seed proved to be a good source of magnesium, which provides relief from migraine headaches, relaxes blood vessels, and decreases the risk of hypertension.
  • Riboflavin present in quinoa reduces the frequency of migraine attacks, by producing energy metabolism within brain & muscle cells.
  • The presence of potassium and magnesium in quinoa prevents clogging of arteries and hence, relieves stress on the heart.
  • The grain is a boon for people who are allergic to wheat and are suffering from Celiac disease, as it is gluten free.
  • Quinoa is a wonderful source of fiber for the body, which aids easy elimination and toning of colon.
  • It is a good source of insoluble fiber that helps avoid gallstones, especially in women who are more prone to them.
  • The high content of copper present in it helps in oxidizing glucose, produces skin coloring agent melanin and acts as catalyst in the formation of hemoglobin. 

Source: Yahoo

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