What You Need To Know About The Benefits of Quinoa
- Summary: Though technically the seed, the “grain” of the quinoa (pronounced keen wa) plant is full of healthy nutrients. The benefits of quinoa have been long known and now researchers continue to uncover the mechanisms in quinoa that make it a good addition to our diets..
- Origin: The quinoa plant was domesticated as early as 5000 B.C. in the Andes Mountains in South America.
- Potential Health Benefits and Uses
- Gluten free
- Lowers Triglycerides
- Postmenopausal Symptoms
- Side Effects & Interactions: Always consult with a licensed healthcare provider.
- Additional Information:
What You Might Want To Know About The Benefits Of Quinoa
What Benefits Might I Get From Quinoa
Though often labeled as a grain, quinoa is actually a seed. For those who have gluten intolerance or even Celiac’s Disease, one of the benefits of quinoa is a grain-like addition to their diets without the negative effects of gluten.
Free radicals can damage cells and lead to disease. While part of the normal aging process, many aspects of modern lifestyle can add more sources of free radicals like fried foods and air pollution. Antioxidants are a proven way to offset much of the destruction from free radicals.
Since most of us cannot relocate to a pristine environment we need changes in our lifestyles, especially diet. Quinoa is one such dietary staple that has demonstrated antioxidant properties.
Quinoa can offset heart disease risk factors like triglycerides in the bloodstream. Research in mice has also found quinoa can lower total cholesterol, including LDL-C.
A group of postmenopausal, overweight women consumed quinoa flakes in a double-blind study for 4 weeks. This group experienced a greater overall reduction in total cholesterol and inflammation vs a similar group who ate a similar amount of corn flakes. Another of the benefits of quinoa is not just lower triglycerides but lower cholesterol and inflammation in overweight, postmenopausal women.
Additional Information & References
You are in charge of your health. Doing a little extra research will not only let you make better decisions but also empower YOU with knowledge. To help you learn more let HealthCare Too start you with some links:
- Google Scholar
- Quinoa or Corn Flakes to Prevent Peripheral Inflammation after Menopause?
- Innovations in Health Value and Functional Food Development of Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.)
- Processing technologies and health benefits of quinoa
- Quinoa Seed Lowers Serum Triglycerides in Overweight and Obese Subjects: A Dose-Response Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial
When you are ready, here are some products that may help you experience some of quinoa’s health benefits for your own health and household.
Quinoa Products for Pets
And don’t forget that our non-human loved ones who might also enjoy the benefits.