Quinoa—A protein source that’s healthy for life

quinoaDid you know that over 5000 years ago, the Incas cultivated quinoa as one of their staple crops? It’s remarkable that this civilization already knew how to be healthy for life.

Pronounced “keen-wah,” this superfood is often referred to as a grain. However, it is actually a seed that is related to the spinach, beet and Swiss chard families. More importantly, it’s a complete source of protein, meaning it contains all of the nine essential acids that our bodies need to build muscle. It’s truly a perfect food for those trying to improve their health through better nutrition.

Quinoa is an excellent choice as a protein source for vegetarians, as well as individuals with weight loss and weight management goals. It’s a gluten-free, low-calorie food, and is also considered a complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index. This means that it won’t cause your blood sugar to spike. Quinoa is also packed with fiber, which keeps your hunger satiated longer than most other foods.

In addition to providing high quality protein, Quinoa also is a great source of many critical nutrients that help keep you healthy for life. It provides a fundamental amount of enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Quinoa contains high levels of magnesium, which helps to lower blood pressure, as well as manganese and copper, antioxidants that help prevent cancer and various chronic diseases. It’s also a great source of riboflavin, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. In addition, Quinoa has been shown in various studies to help treat conditions like diabetes, insulin resistance, artherosclerosis and breast cancer. How’s that for a perfect example of improving your health through better nutrition?

Inca warriors found that Quinoa seeds helped them build stamina and decreased stamina time. Coupled with the fact that it’s easy to digest and loaded with fiber and high quality protein, the energy it provides makes it an ideal food for those with weight loss and weight management goals, who need to increase physical activity and work out on a consistent basis.

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