Quinoa is an ancient food that dates back to 3000 - 4000 years ago. It was considered sacred to Incas and even today many refer to it as 'the mother of all grains'. This wonderful seed is perfect for anyone with gluten intolerances and food sensitivities as it is wheat free and easy to digest. What are the main benefits of quinoa then?
- It's high in amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
- Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat!
- It contains almost twice as much fiber as most of other grains. Fiber helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. It lowers cholesterol and glucose levels and often aids in weight loss.
- Quinoa contains iron, which helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles, aiding in their contraction.
- It contains lysine, essentail for tissue growth and repair.
- Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium is important as it helps to relax blood vessels and to alleviate migraines. It may also help reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. It is also important in transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
- Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2), which improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.
- Quinoa has a high content of manganese, an antioxidant which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect blood cells from injury by free radicals.