The past few years have proven that quinoa is one of the most nutritious foods that you can introduce to your diet. It was used as the “Mother Grain” by the Incas and is now in-demand to the health food gurus. The best part about it is that it can be cooked with or included in just about any recipe. Below are some health benefits of quinoa:
// Quinoa helps lower cholesterol while also maintaining HDL cholesterol levels
// It has the most protein out of any other grains and contains essential proteins making it a complete protein. This means that it contains all the amino acids necessary for our nutritional needs. Compared to wheat and rice, quinoa provides greater satiety.
// Quinoa is rich in quercetin, an antioxidant, which has shown to anti-cancer properties.
// Quinoa has twice the amount of dietary fiber, to aid in healthy digestion, compared to other grains. It also is known to relieve constipation.
// Quinoa is high in magnesium and vitamin B2 which helps to reduce migraines and promote the relaxation and expansion of blood vessels. The relaxing of the blood vessels reduces rates of hypertension and heart disease. It is especially high in magnesium and further maintains good cardiovascular health.
// Quinoa also has the antioxidant manganese, which helps to prevent damage to mitochondria during energy production.
// Quinoa also has iron in it which helps keep the red blood cells healthy