Here’s the eight amino acids it contains there is a superfood that is a complete protein source; quinoa Quinoa has the highest nutritional value and the fastest cooking feature among all the foods in the grain group. Although it has been consumed actively in Turkey in recent years, it has been grown and consumed in the Andes Mountains for an average of 4000 years. Quinoa, which stands out with its high energy, contains protein in equal amounts to milk. Quinoa is a type of seed that can be consumed just like other grains, and there are three different varieties. These; black quinoa, red quinoa and white quinoa.
Quinoa is a non-GMO gluten-free grain. If any food contains all the amino acids, it is called a ‘complete protein’ because proteins are made up of amino acids. For this reason, quinoa is in the group of complete proteins, as it contains all amino acids.
These eight important amino acids are:
Arginine: This amino acid is very important for the body to carry out many physiological processes.
Arginine can be produced by the body until the growth period, but cannot be produced in the post-growth period.
Histidine: It is an essential amino acid required for the growth of tissues and repair of damage in the human body. It is an important producer of red and white blood cells. It helps to remove excess heavy metals from the body. It also protects the body from radiation. Just like arginine, histidine can be produced by the body until the growth period, but cannot be produced in the post-growth period.
Methionine: Methionine helps to break down and use fats in the body and helps to secrete growth hormone. In addition, it cleans the excess fat in the blood and provides the reduction of adipose tissue. It is also very important for digestion and ensures the removal of heavy metals from the liver and stomach.
Phenylalaline: Phenylalaline is an amino acid that improves mood, is good for memory, and increases motivation. It increases dopamine, epinephrine and nor epinephrine levels, which are neuro-stimulators that help the nervous system to function optimally.
It supports growth, helps the liver to work healthier and is important for the immune system.
Leucine: Provides the growth and repair of muscle, bone and skin tissues. It helps to balance the sugar rate in the blood. It prevents the collapse of muscle tissue, accelerates the healing of wounds.
Isoleucine: Protects the body against infections caused by open wounds. It plays an active role in the blood coagulation process. It regulates blood sugar balance and triggers the secretion of growth hormone.
Valine: Helps repair muscle tissue and supports its growth.
Lysine: It helps to preserve pure muscle mass in case of excessive fatigue and stress in the body. It helps regenerate and repair damaged tissues. It also supports the production of muscle protein.
Tryptophan: Tryptophan causes the body to secrete serotonin and melatonin.
These amino acids are essential amino acids that are taken from outside because they cannot be produced by the body.
Benefits of Quinoa to Human Health
Helps to lower cholesterol: Quinoa helps to reduce bad cholesterol thanks to its high content of soluble fiber.
It is recommended to be consumed especially during periods of digestive problems (constipation, etc.). protects the heart and kidneys. It also contains higher amounts of antioxidants than other foods in the grain group. The amount of antioxidants in red and black quinoa is higher than in white quinoa. It fights free radicals in the body, is anti-aging. It protects all cells, especially red blood cells, from the damage of free radicals.
Helps keep blood sugar balanced: Quinoa is among the foods with a low glycemic index. The glycemic index is an indicator of how quickly foods raise blood sugar levels. With its low glycemic index, quinoa does not increase blood sugar rapidly and does not encourage hunger.Thanks to the magnesium it contains, quinoa eliminates this condition and helps prevent migraine pain.
Helps regenerate body tissues: It improves the tissues. It also helps reduce stress. It supports the body’s energy production and is good for fatigue. The calcium contained in quinoa is similar to the calcium found in milk. Quinoa is good for anemia thanks to the iron it contains. It is very important for the diet period. Quinoa supports friendly bacteria in the gut. These friendly bacteria are very important in preventing inflammation, obesity and intestinal diseases.
Opens the airways and is good for asthma: Quinoa helps to both reduce stress and keep the airways open. For this reason, it is recommended to be consumed by people and children who have respiratory problems or asthma disease. Thanks to this feature, it is very important for the repair of tissues and the development of teeth and bones. However, consumption during breastfeeding helps to produce better quality milk and increases the amount of milk. In addition, since it is a food rich in fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, it helps protect the body from diseases.
The nutritional values of 1 serving (185 grams) of cooked quinoa are as follows:
- Protein 8 g
- Fiber 5 gr
- Fat: 4 gr
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Calorie: 222 cal
- Carbohydrate: 39 gr
- Manganese: 58% of recommended daily manganese amount Magnesium:
- 30% of recommended daily magnesium amount Phosphorus:
- 28% of recommended daily phosphorus amount Copper :
- 18% of the recommended daily amount of copper Iron:
- 15% of the recommended daily amount of iron Zinc:
- 13% of the recommended daily amount of zinc Potassium:
- 9% of the recommended daily amount of potassium Vitamin B1:
- 10% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin B1 u Vitamin B2:
- 10% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin B2 Vitamin B6:
- 10% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin B6.