- Eating quinoa provides you with your daily requirement for protein. The body can not make 9 of the essential amino acids it needs to make and repair cells. These must come from our diets. Quinoa has every single amino acid that we need for good health. And since it is a near perfect nutritional seed, there is no need to eat animal products if you so choose.
- Quinoa is fully loaded with the B vitamins and Vitamin E. The B vitamins are not converted into energy but they are absolutely necessary for the conversion of food into energy. You can eat the best food in the world but with out these nutrients, you will be sleeping all of the time. Afternoon drops in energy are often related to low B vitamin levels. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, helping to wipe out free radicals that damage cells, which cause us to age and to be open to disease.
- It is packed with fiber. Without fiber, trips to the bathroom would be full of regret. It regulates the intake of water in and out of the digestive track, allowing for the proper absorption of nutrients and keeps us properly hydrated.
- Quinoa does not have any gluten. Gluten, which is found in wheat and grains have been shown to cause problems with digestion. It can even cause serious health problems such as Ceilic’s disease. Until quinoa, it was difficult to find gluten free, healthy foods.
- It reduces the chance of having a stroke or getting a heart attack. Quinoa is full of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate the heart’s rhythms.
- It helps lower your blood pressure. Quinoa has magnesium, potassium and calcium all of which have been shown to lower your blood pressure. In many cases, a proper diet with all the essential nutrients can keep people off often prescribed medicines.
- Quinoa helps lower cholesterol. Since cholesterol, unchecked, can clog arteries, it is a no brainer to add a food that helps rid the body of this health risk.
- It can help reduce inflammation in the body. Quinoa has flavanoids, like many berries do,that work to keep inflammation down, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- It has a low glycemic index. Which simply means it is really low in sugar. Many diets now call on participants to manage the glysemic index of all the foods they eat. No need to worry with Quinoa, is has almost no sugar. If you are watching what you eat and specifically the amount of sugar you ingest, Quinoa’s low sugar index fits into every diet.
- Quinoa has iron. Iron is needed for red blood cells to carry oxygen to every cell in the body. Since we spend every waking moment breathing, it is pretty obvious how important oxygen is to our bodies. The brain uses about 20% of the oxygen traveling through the blood stream so without iron, you would not be able to read this.
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