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#HealthBytes: Here are some health benefits of quinoa


Last updated on
Sep 16, 2021, 12:00 AM

Originally, quinoa was the staple food of the Incas of pre-Columbian America and their descendants in South America.

But in recent years, it has become a superior alternative to bulgur and rice and has now become a popular addition to many diets.

Usually referred to as a grain (but it’s actually a seed), quinoa has many health benefits.

It is the perfect source of protein

It is the perfect source of protein

The definition of a high protein food is that it should contain all nine essential amino acids.

Although many plant foods are deficient in certain essential amino acids, quinoa is an exception to this rule and contains all nine essential amino acids.

Quinoa is a great source of plant protein, especially for vegetarians and vegans, and contains 8 grams of protein in one cup (185g).

Effective if you have gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance or celiac disease

Effective if you have gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance or celiac disease

The growing need to eat a gluten free diet for a healthy body can be achieved through the consumption of quinoa.

It is especially effective if you have gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance, or celiac disease.

In fact, studies have shown that using quinoa instead of typical gluten-free ingredients like refined tapioca, corn, and rice flour can increase the nutritional and antioxidant value of your diet.

Quinoa contains high amounts of powerful plant antioxidants

Quinoa contains high amounts of powerful plant antioxidants

Quinoa contains high amounts of powerful plant antioxidants called quercetin and kaempferol which help fight free radicals in the body.

This makes its antioxidant value much higher than many other grains.

Some recent animal studies have also shown the potential anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anticancer, and antidepressant properties of quinoa.

However, to confirm these effects in humans, more research is still needed.

It plays an important role in tissue growth and repair

It plays an important role in tissue growth and repair

Among other amino acids, quinoa contains lysine, which plays an important role in tissue growth and repair.

A key ingredient in the synthesis of collagen and elastin, it helps repair damaged skin and fight free radicals caused by the sun and pollution.

Quinoa also contains vitamin B which reduces dark melanin deposits on your skin that cause age spots and other pigment related conditions.

This seed is also a good source of fiber

This seed is also a good source of fiber

Fiber is essential for regular digestion, and quinoa has plenty of it – 5 grams in a single 185g cup, to be exact.

Consuming the required amount of fiber not only promotes a healthy weight, but also lowers the risk of several health problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc.

So try to include this seed in your diet for better health!