Scientists believe Quinoa, as an effective food to fight the problems of malnutrition in the modern world. Quinoa, which looks like pulses contains all the essential amino acids required by the Human beings. Apart from this the nutritional values of the Quinoa are astounding.
Quinoa was first recognized as suitable for the human consuption by the Incas, some three to four thousand years ago. Quinoa was the gold of the Incas, as they believed that it enhanced the stamina of their warriors. The Quinoa corporation calls it as the “Super grain of the future”.
With high nutritional values Quinoa offers several health benefits to the humans. It is the most complete protein food available for the human consumption, containing all the nine essential amino acids.
Quinoa contains twice the fibers present in the most of the other grains. Fiber is known to reduce constipation and also helps to fight heart diseases by reducing the blood pressure and diabetes. Hence, the intake of Quinoa is highly beneficiary to the patients suffering from heart ailments.
The seeds of Quinoa contains adequate amount of Iron, which helps in the effective functioning of the red blood cells. The RBC which contains Hemoglobin requires Iron to distribute oxygen to various parts of the body. Quinoa also contains lysine, which is mainly essential for the tissue growth and repair.
Quinoa is rich in Magnesium. It has higher amounts of Magnesium when compared to other natural sources of Magnesium intake. Magnesium helps in the control of Type-2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. It also helps in the formation of healthy bones and teeth, the Forbes reports.
The Supergrain also contains Riboflavin, Vitamin B2 essential for the energy metabolism with in the brain and muscle cells. It also contains a high amount of Manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant which protects the mitochondria from being damaged during respiration and also protects the RBC and other cells from injury by free radicals.