Quinoa is not a cereal, but because it looks like it is also called a pseudo grain. It comes from the quinoa plant and what you eat are the seeds. These can be white, red or black and they are extremely healthy. These are the 7 benefits of quinoa:
Benefits of quinoa
1# Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat.
It is a complete protein that contains all nine essential amino acids.
2# It contains almost twice as much fiber compared to other ‘grains’
Eating fiber helps prevent constipation, and it also helps to prevent heart disease. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, they can contribute to weight loss and they provide a long-lasting feeling of satiety.
3# Quinoa contains iron
Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy, it transports oxygen from one cell to another and it supplies oxygen to the muscles. In addition, iron also promotes brain function because the brain takes up around 20% of our blood oxygen.
4# It contains lysine
Lysine is especially important for the growth and repair of our tissues.
5# Quinoa is rich in magnesium
Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and it can reduce diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar levels. Other health benefits of magnesium are: good regulation of body temperature, detoxification, energy production and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
6# It has a lot of Riboflavin (B2)
B2 improves energy metabolism in our brains and in muscle cells.
7# Quinoa has a high content of manganese
Manganese is an antioxidant that helps prevent damage to mitochondria (cell organelles) during energy production. In addition, it protects red blood cells and other cells against free radical injury.