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Health Benefits of Quinoa

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Quinoa is a unique kind of pseudocereal that's neither a grain nor a typical cereal. It's a crop that's been cultivated for millennia, mostly for its tasty seeds. Despite the fact that it must be imported, it is quickly becoming a major addition in diets in Europe, America, and Canada. It's related to beetroots and spinach.

It's an ancient crop that's been grown in the Andes for more than 7,000 years. Chenopodium quinoa is the scientific name for a goosefoot species. It grows to a height of 1 to 3 meters and produces grains every year in a variety of hues, including white, yellow, orange, red, pink, black, and brown. The grains may be eaten either whole or ground into flour. It's mostly cultivated in the Andean area of South America, which includes Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia.

Because of the remarkable nutritional qualities of this pseudocereal and other comparable crops, governments are offering incentives to farmers to increase production.

Rich in Antioxidant Content

Quinoa is high in antioxidants, which protect the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, and pancreas from oxidative stress. It has a stronger antioxidant activity than other pseudocereals, such as amaranthus. Phenolics, anthocyanins, and polyphenols are some of the antioxidants present in them. Quinoa sprouts have also been proven to have considerable antioxidant activity.

Good for Bone Health

Quinoa contains a comparable quantity of calcium as dairy products, although it has been noted that people with dairy product intolerance consume it. Calcium is needed for bone, brain, and nervous system health.

Regulates Diabetes 

According to research on high fructose-fed rats, quinoa seeds may help control diabetes and cholesterol levels in the blood. The ingestion of its seeds may help reduce the negative effects of fructose on both the lipid profile and the glucose level.

Aids in Weight Loss

A research discovered that consuming a lot of oat spaghetti, wheat, oat, rice, and spaghetti made people eat more. Alternatives, such as quinoa and amaranthus, didn't make people eat more. This is especially helpful for those who desire to lose weight and regulate their diet. It may help you with weight loss by reducing the amount of food you eat.

Good for Heart Health

Quinoa is abundant in high-quality proteins, low-glycemic carbs, antioxidants, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It's also thought to be beneficial for lowering future cardiovascular disease risks and enhancing overall heart health. In trials, the risk of cardiovascular disease was lower in young and middle-aged adults.

Rich in Protein

The quinoa plant has long been considered a high-protein, high-amino-acid source. Essential amino acids including lysine, tryptophan, and methionine are found in it. In fact, it's the only grain that has all nine necessary amino acids, which is not the case with other grains.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Queen Creek, Ariz.

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