Quinoa has twice the protein content of rice and wheat but is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and manganese. Manganese helps with blood clotting, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, and sugar regulation. Also, quinoa contains good levels of B vitamins, vitamin E, iron and fiber that help the digestive system work better and reduce the feeling of hunger.
It can be eaten in your breakfast as a cereal, in your lunch in your salad or even in your dinner, as a side dish.
Quinoa is the least likely of the other grains to be allergenic, making it a great gluten-free whole grain option.
Like buckwheat, quinoa has an excellent amino acid profile. It contains all 9 essential amino acids compared to other cereals, large amounts of flavonoids, including quercetin and kaempferol which have antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-depressant properties and its frequent, small consumption (48g. a day) can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, bowel cancer and obesity.
Also, research has shown that quinoa can improve blood sugar levels and lower triglyceride levels.