Quinoa isn’t just healthy for your insides, it provides health and beauty benefits for your skin and hair, too.
Women in South American countries like Bolivia, Chile, and Peru exfoliate their skin with a mixture of ground quinoa, honey, organic oil, and/or water. Massaging the mixture over their skin gently removes dirt and other pollutants on the skin without causing any damage.
Quinoa is also used as a home remedy for acne due to the niacinamide (vitamin B3) content.
The protein in quinoa promotes healthy hair and hair growth. Quinoa is even said to treat dandruff. Make a paste of ground quinoa and water and massage it into your scalp. Wait 15 minutes, then rinse and wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Type 2 diabetes is a serious health threat that is rising among the U.S. population. But it can often be prevented, or at least controlled, by keeping blood sugar levels in check. Refined carbs are linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, while whole grains like quinoa are associated with decreased risk. A study with animals on a high-fructose diet showed that eating quinoa significantly lowered blood sugar, triglycerides, and blood cholesterol, all associated with Type 2 diabetes. A human study showed that quinoa lowered blood sugar and triglycerides compared to traditional gluten-free wheat products.
Quinoa has many properties that make it weight-loss friendly. Protein is known to be a key factor in weight loss, boosting metabolism and creating a feeling of fullness. Quinoa is higher in protein than most similar foods. Quinoa is also higher in fiber than other grains, but has a low glycemic index. Low-glycemic foods have been shown to prevent overeating and decrease hunger.
Quinoa contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and compounds that promote healthy, younger-looking skin. The lysine, vitamin E, and vitamin A in quinoa provides collagen. Collagen promotes elasticity in your skin and vitamin E helps repair sun and pollution damage. The amount of vitamin B found in quinoa may reduce the dark melanin deposits that lead to age spots and other skin pigment-related conditions. Quinoa contains tyrosinase inhibitors, which are enzymes that decrease pigmentation, and therefore, brightens skin, according to a 2015 study. These enzymes help reduce melanin and hyperpigmentation.
While some further medical studies might be required to confirm the health benefits of quinoa, eating your own home-grown varieties is a great way to control what you eat, look great, and ensure a healthier diet.
Did you know that quinoa can be so healthful? Please tell us about healthy ways you use quinoa.