6 Reasons Why Quinoa is Good for You

by NateB11

Quinoa is often touted as a miracle food. But why? Find out!

Quinoa is known as the super-food of the Incan Empire, eaten in South America for thousands of years. It is also known as the food NASA wants to feed people in outer space. The reason why it is known as such a great food is that it is chock full of nutrients and, in fact, is considered a complete protein and a whole grain (though it is technically a seed). It is a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids and it is a whole grain because it retains all of its nutrients and is not "refined" or broken down.

So, what are the benefits of quinoa and why is quinoa good for you?

It Keeps Your Heart Healthy

Quinoa has a lot of Magnesium and Manganese, both of which prevent heart disease and regulate blood pressure. Manganese also lowers cholesterol. Magnesium not only keeps the heart healthy and blood pressure regulated, but it also prevents osteoporosis and diabetes.

Twenty-five percent of fatty acids in this food come from oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fat that helps the heart. Quinoa also has alpha-linolenic acid which is an Omega-3 fatty acid found in plants.

So, to be free of heart disease and to keep your blood pressure regulated, Quinoa could help you out greatly.

Quinoa is packed full of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Quinoa is packed full of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
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Fights Sickness and Disease Like Cancer

Yes, you heard that right. Quinoa fights cancer. Well, it contains flavanoids found to prevent cancer in animal studies. These flavanoids are Quercetin and Kaempferol, antioxidants known to be anti-inflammatories, anti-virals, anti-depressants and anti-cancer.

You are also less likely to get sick if you eat Quinoa. It contains lysine which has been used to fight illness and infections.

Quinoa can help you lose weight, so that you look and feel good.
Quinoa can help you lose weight, so that you look and feel good.
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Keeps Digestive System Healthy

Quinoa has a lot of fiber. In fact, it has more fiber than most grains, at least 5 grams per serving. Fiber helps to keep your digestive system regular.

Helps you Lose Weight

Because Quinoa has so much protein, it can aid in weight loss. Protein increases metabolism and reduces the appetite, which, of course, will help you lose weight. Also, it has all that fiber which makes you feel full so you won't want to eat as much.

Allergy-Free Food

If you have a wheat allergy you'll be glad to know that Quinoa is gluten-free. So, if you want a substitute for wheat, Quinoa could be it.

Strengthens Mind and Body

Quinoa contains a very good amount of Iron, which is good for your brain and your muscles, in addition to preventing such conditions as anemia. The lysine in Quinoa also helps the body release serotonin, which relaxes you.

Mind and body both need to be healthy for you to be healthy, and Quinoa will assure you of this balance.

Do you like Quinoa?

So, there you have it: Quinoa is a complete protein, with all of the essential amino acids which will help you stay trim and keep the body strong. It has plenty of Iron, which helps your muscles but also helps the brain; with lysine, which helps relax you and keeps you from getting sick, this will keep mind and body strong. Fiber in Quinoa keeps you regular and Omega-3 fatty acids help keep your heart healthy, and Manganese and Magnesium will help regulate blood pressure. And you don't have to worry if you have a wheat allergy, because Quinoa is gluten-free.

Quinoa is a very healthy food that has been enjoyed for thousands of years and people now have learned of its incredible benefits, so it seems it will be keeping many of us healthy well into the future. Quite the timeless Super-food!

Updated: 01/22/2016, NateB11
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