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Quinoa Health Benefits

Quinoa is considered to be one of the healthiest grains in the world. Even though it is actually a seed from a vegetable related to Swiss chard, spinach and beets. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains.

 

Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes.

 

Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing haemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.

 

Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines.

 

Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control.

 

Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.

 

Quinoa is among the least allergenic of all the grains, making it a fantastic wheat-free choice.

 

Like buckwheat, quinoa has an excellent amino acid profile, as it contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete-protein source.

 

Protein is also necessary for the absorption of calcium into the bones and the development of collagen, as well as for the growth factors involved in healthy growth of the bone matrix.

 

Riboflavin has been shown to help reduce the frequency of attacks in migraine sufferers by improving the energy metabolism within the brain and muscle cells.

 

In a 2010 study conducted in the Netherlands, rats bred to have high cholesterol were fed quinoa.

 

These rats were also fed a high fructose diet that should further increase their harmful cholesterol (LDL) levels.

 

After quinoa was introduced to the diet, the detrimental effects of the cholesterol and fructose began to reverse and cholesterol levels were returning to normal.

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