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Quinoa Benefits, Uses and Side Effects

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Mountains and forests have always been the main sources of herbs. From these herbs, various types of Ayurvedic medicines are made, which we get rid of physical problems. One such medicine is ‘Quinoa’, which is found in abundance on the Andes Mountains of South America.

Its benefits will really surprise you. In the medical world, quinoa is known as Chenopodium. It is a flowering plant, which has many medicinal properties. This can relieve you from many serious problems. Learn with us in this article about the benefits of quinoa and different ways to use it.

    Types of Quinoa 

Quinoa is a beneficial food item and many types of it are available in the market. Know the common types of quinoa below.

  • White quinoa: This is the most common type of quinoa, which you will easily find in the market. Its color is white and it is also known as Ivory Quinoa.

 

  • Red quinoa: It is also a type of quinoa, whose color is red. Even after cooking it, its color remains red.

 

  • Black quinoa: Its seeds are black and light brown. Its taste is mildly sweet and even after cooking, its color remains black.

      Benefits of Quinoa

1. Beneficial in weight loss

If you are troubled by the problem of increasing body weight, then definitely include quinoa in your foodstuff. It is a virtuous grain, which has many medicinal properties. The high protein present in quinoa makes it cholesterol-free and a great source of low fat.

One cup of cooked quinoa contains 222 calories, 3.4 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, and 8.14 grams of protein. You can consume it for a balanced diet.

2. Healthy heart/cholesterol

The most important part of the body is the heart, and any problems associated with it can lead to death. Excessive cholesterol in the body can make your heart unhealthy and cause serious diseases like atherosclerosis.

‘Atherosclerosis’ is a cardiovascular disease that occurs due to the formation of plaque in blood arteries and plaques are formed due to excessive cholesterol and fat. Therefore, by consuming quinoa you can control rising cholesterol. Quinoa is a major source of cholesterol-free protein.

3. Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious physical illness, in which blood glucose levels are excessive. If it is not controlled in time, many fatal consequences can be encountered. Quinoa is a whole grain, which has been considered very beneficial for diabetes.

The fiber in it does not allow blood sugar to rise. They also control weight gain during diabetes. You can consume quinoa to control diabetes. Quinoa also contains carbohydrates, which help to control blood sugar.

4. Anti-aging

Quinoa is one of the most nutritious foods in the world. One benefit of eating quinoa is the presence of an anti-aging element in it. Its regular intake makes the skin young.

Quinoa is a major source of Vitamin-A, which works to make the skin healthy in old age. It reduces facial wrinkles and fine lines. You can use quinoa for the face as a face pack. The face pack with quinoa will be prepared like this –

  • Cook one-quarter cup of quinoa with two cups of soybean milk.
  • When the milk is thick, keep it to cool.
  • After cooling, make a paste by mixing 3 teaspoons of curd and 2 egg whites in it.
  • Apply the paste well on the face and throat and after 20 minutes wash the mouth with cold water.

5. Pain and swelling

Quinoa contains a fatty acid called fiber butyrate, which has anti-inflammatory properties. You can use it to reduce pain and swelling. The element called saponins is also found in quinoa, which has anti-inflammatory properties, which help in reducing pain and inflammation.

6. Beneficial for digestion

You can also take quinoa to strengthen the digestive system. Quinoa contains fiber and vitamin-B, which help digest food. You can take it with or after meals as per the requirement. You can also include it for breakfast if you want.

7. Improve metabolism

Strengthening of metabolism is very important for the body, as it serves to convert food into energy. Weakness in metabolism means a lack of energy in your body. Quinoa has high protein content, which is quite beneficial for improving metabolism.

8. Anemia

Anemia is the highest complaint of women. It is a serious physical disease in which there is a deficiency of red blood cells in the blood in the body. You can take quinoa to get rid of this problem.

Quinoa contains a lot of iron, which works to fill the deficiency of red blood cells in the blood. Three milligrams of iron is found in one cup (185 grams) of cooked quinoa. It is very important to have iron in the food to overcome anemia.

9. Cancer

Quinoa is also used for serious illnesses such as cancer. Quinoa leaves have anti-oxidant as well as anti-cancer properties. It is quite useful for prostate cancer, but further research is being done on it.

Quinoa intake is also important for cancer patients because it also has protein and carbohydrate properties, which help in giving energy to the patient.

10. For healthy skin

You can also use quinoa to keep the skin healthy. Quinoa is full of vitamin B, which works to remove pigmentation from the skin. Vitamin-B3 present in quinoa prevents pimples from growing in the skin.

Quinoa also contains copper and manganese, which act as an effective antioxidant for the skin. To keep your skin healthy, you must take quinoa. You can also make a face pack of quinoa, the method of which has been explained at the beginning of this article.

11. Makes bones stronger

Quinoa contains essential minerals such as manganese, which work to strengthen bones. Its regular intake works to relieve diseases like osteoporosis associated with bones. In osteoporosis, bones begin to weaken.

12.  Help with tissue development

Quinoa also helps in the repair and development of tissues in the body. Quinoa contains an element called lysine, which plays an important role in the repair and development of tissues (tissues). In addition, quinoa is a whole grain, which has a high protein content. Proteins also contribute to the development of tissue.

13. For hair

Consuming quinoa is very beneficial for hair. The hydrolyzed protein found in it strengthens the hair follicles. This particular protein is also used in the manufacture of hair related products. Copper present in quinoa is also very beneficial for hair. The amino acid found in this grain also helps in keeping hair healthy.

14. Dandruff

Quinoa contains important minerals like calcium, iron, and phosphorus, which work to eliminate the problem of dandruff by keeping the scalp clean.

In addition, the protein present in quinoa also helps to keep hair healthy. To use quinoa, you boil the quinoa as needed and make a paste and apply it on the scalp when it cools. After 15-20 minutes wash the hair with clean water.

Nutritional Value of Quinoa

      Nutrients The quantity
      Calorie      120
      Water       72%
        Protein        4.4 g
        Carbs        21.3 g
        Sugar        0.9 g
        Fiber        2.8 g
        Fat        1.9 g
        Saturated        0.23 g
        Monounsaturated        0.53 g
        Polyunsaturated        1.08 g
        Omega – 3         0.09 g
        Omega – 6          0.97 g
        Trans fat          ~

 

   How to Use Quinoa 

Quinoa is a whole grain, which is similar to some rice recipes. It ripens like rice after cooking. You can make it part of breakfast to lunch-dinner. You can cook 1 cup for breakfast and 2-3 cups of quinoa for lunch.

You can use it in salads, soups, porridge, burgers, muffins, and pancakes. You can choose white, black or red quinoa as per your choice. Here we are talking about two recipes of quinoa.

1. Quinoa salad

Material:
  • Two cups of water
  • A cup of quinoa
  • Cabbage 10 finely chopped
  • Three tablespoons olive oil
  • Two teaspoons lemon juice
  • A spoon of dijon mustard
  • A Garlic finely chopped
  • Two to three black peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • A cup of pecans (pecan)
  • A cup of raisins
  • Half a cup of cheese

How to make

  • Boil the quinoa in water for 10-15 minutes and keep it to cool.
  • Now put cauliflower leaves in a large bowl and add olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, salt, Dejon mustard, and garlic and mix well.
  • Now add quinoa, pecans, raisins, and cheese and mix and eat.

2. Quinoa and black beans recipe

Material:
  • A cup of quinoa
  • One spoon vegetable oil
  • An Onion finely chopped
  • Half  a teaspoon of ginger finely chopped
  • A spoon cumin
  • A quarter teaspoon red chili
  • A quarter cup of vegetable broth
  • A spoonful of lemon juice
  • A cup of corn
  • Two canned black beans
  • Half cup chopped coriander leaves
  • A ripe avocado (sliced)

How to make

  • Wash quinoa thoroughly in water.
  • Heat oil in the pot and add onion and garlic.
  • After minutes add quinoa and vegetable broth to the pot.
  • Now add cumin, black pepper, red chili, and salt.
  • After a while, add water and cook on a medium flame for 20 minutes.
  • Now mix lemon juice and corn into it and cover the pot.
  • After five minutes, add black beans and coriander.
  • Cook until the beans are soft and serve with chopped avocado.

 

After knowing so many benefits of quinoa, also find out how it can cause harm.

Side Effects of Quinoa 

  • Digestive problems
  • Stomach pain
  • Kidney stone

Quinoa is a cereal rich in various qualities, which you can get many physical benefits by making it part of the meal. Its specialty is that you can make and eat it in many ways. How did you like this article, do let us know in the comment box below.

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