Quinoa for Digestive Health

QuinoaIt may come as a surprise, but 2013 is the year of a very powerful grain! Pronounced “KEEN-wah,” quinoa is a grain that is mainly used for the seeds it produces. It was largely grown in South America around 3,000 years ago until it faded into obscurity behind other grains and corn (Source: The University of Chicago). We now know that quinoa seeds have some significant health benefits and are especially good for digestive health, explaining the growing popularity of this grain.

Quinoa seeds are high in dietary fiber, with just 200 grams giving you 21 percent of daily value. Dietary fiber is important for digestion and can help you in many ways. The insoluble fiber, also known as “roughage,” traps water in the stool, making it soft and bulky. This helps promote regularity and relieve constipation by making stools easier to pass and having water present to move digested materials through the bowels (Source: The University of Arizona). A few handfuls of quinoa a day is all you need to keep your digestion healthy and avoid problems that could lead to hemorrhoids.

That’s not all these miracle seeds are good for either! A wealth of health benefits lies in eating quinoa seeds. These seeds serve as a complete protein source, containing all of the amino acids that wheat lacks. You can also gain more of the heart-healthy fats you need and twice the amount of calcium you need from quinoas as opposed to traditional grains (Source: World’s Healthiest Foods). All things considered, quinoa seeds emerge as a great way to take care of your body and especially protect your digestive health.

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