Posted on July 01, 2015
Ever wonder what makes quinoa a superfood? We all know quinoa is one the healthiest foods on the planet but what exactly makes it so exceptionally healthy. Well, we have compiled a list of some of the qualities that make quinoa the quintessential superfood.
A COMPLETE Protein - Quinoa is known for its protein, but did you know it is a COMPLETE Protein? This means it has a healthy balance of all nine essential amino acids which your body can not produce on its own.
Fiber - Quinoa has nearly twice the amount of fiber than grains. Fiber has been linked to a long list of health benefits including reducing the risk of heart disease, improving digestion and lowering cholesterol.
Anti-inflammatory - Quinoa helps promote the friendly microbes, or probiotics, in your digestive system. Keeping a healthy balance of probiotics has been linked to reducing the chance of chronic inflammation which has been associated with autoimmune disorders such as Crohn's Disease, Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis to name just a few.
Improve Hearth Health - Quinoa contains monounsaturated fat as well as omega-3 fatty acids and linolenic acids which may help lower the risk of heart disease. Unlike most foods, quinoa does not lose these healthy fatty acids when cooked (or oxidized).
Nutrient Dense - When you combine all the nutritional benefits of quinoa there are few grains that can compete. In addition to the list above quinoa also is a very good source of manganese, as well as a good source of Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium and antioxidants.