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Natural Wonder Quinoa

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Quinoa is a seed that is laden with numerous amino acids, fibre, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Its immense health benefits have been explored centuries ago and today quinoa is one of the most popular “super grains”.  Here we explain you the natural wonders of quinoa...

Storehouse of proteins

One cup of quinoa contains 9 grams of proteins, which is definitely a good amount for sufficing the protein requirement of our body. It contains all the essential amino acids that support metabolism and growth and repair of tissues.

Ensures bone health

Quinoa being rich in calcium is an excellent diet supplement for the health of bones. Apart from calcium it also contains phosphorus and magnesium which essentially strengthen bones. Regular intake of quinoa makes one naturally immune to bone disorders; out of which osteoporosis is the most common.

Quinoa is heart friendly

The combination of poly unsaturated fats, complex carbohydrates, antioxidants, fibres and minerals is absolutely conducive for the heart. You can incorporate a small serving of quinoa to reduce risks of heart attacks and heart diseases.

Dietary fibres have promising health benefits

Quinoa contains high amounts of dietary fibre, which has numerous health benefits. Fibre lower bad cholesterol and regulate blood flow through arteries. One with high blood pressure can have quinoa for better health.

Another excellent benefit of eating quinoa is – it relieves constipation problems and other disorders associated with bowel and colon. Fibres also aid in digestion.

Contains high amounts of iron

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Quinoa is rich in iron. Thus, it’s suggested to people with low haemoglobin levels. Iron enhances formation of RBC and haemoglobin and regulates supply of oxygen inside muscle and cells. It’s also needed for proper functioning of the brain. You can have quinoa to protect yourself from having anaemia.

Quinoa stabilizes blood glucose

The seed contains complex carbohydrates and has a very low GI value. Henceforth, diabetes patients can substitute it for rice as a part of their meal. It is also free of gluten, which makes it healthier than wheat.  Magnesium also helps in controlling type 2 diabetes.

Quinoa is a rich source of vitamin B

Riboflavin boosts metabolism of the brain and muscles. Apart from this, it reduces frequency of migraine attacks in an individual. Furthermore, the B group vitamin - folate improves memory, boosts brain functions and is a great mood stabilizer.

Quinoa seeds are powerhouse of energy

This is due to presence of magnesium and manganese, that quinoa gives you the much needed energy to remain active for a long time. Manganese protects the mitochondria while magnesium aids in energy production.

Quinoa detoxifies your body naturally

The antioxidants or phytonutrients- quercetin and kaempferol have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties. They not only protect your body from a wide range of diseases but also cleanse your system by eliminating free radicals. So next time you go on a detox diet, make sure quinoa is present.

Quinoa is a wonderful weight loss food

Being devoid of saturated fats and unhealthy sugars, it’s extremely low in calories. Furthermore, the fibres make it chewy, so consuming a small portion makes you full very quickly.  Eat quinoa to accelerate your weight loss goals.

Now that you know the wonderful health benefits of Quinoa, you can derive its nutrition in a variety of ways. The best is to have it in the form of sprouts without boiling or cooking.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 17, 2015