From the past few years, a superfood called quinoa has suddenly become popular. From then on, most people started adding quinoa to their diet. So let’s know what is so special in quinoa that is making people crazy.
Quinoa is also known as Kinva in India. This superfood contains nutrients that protect our body from many deadly diseases. Quinoa can be included in your breakfast or lunch. If you want, you can also eat it as salad, poha, upma or bread. Its intake fulfills the requirement of nutrients throughout the day, so eat it at least once a day.
Quinoa has been proven to be a healthy grain to maintain balance in today’s unhealthy lifestyle.
Quinoa is a type of cereal that looks exactly like lentils. It is the main grain of South America. The correct pronunciation of quinoa is ‘kinu-aa’. It is cultivated in places where the presence of water is very less. It is said that quinoa is very nutritious as well as tasty compared to all other grains. This is the reason why it has become so popular in the world in a very short time. Quinoa is easily available at any supermarket and food outlet. If this food is not easily available in your area, then you can also order it online.(1, 2)
Quinoa Is a Boon for Skin and Hair
Quinoa is actually the best grain for our skin and hair. Quinoa is rich in high-quality protein and contains almost all the essential amino acids.
Skin Health Benefits of Quinoa
Quinoa contains vitamin B and nutrients that prevent aging from appearing on the face by reducing the melanin present in the skin. This makes your skin look soft, clean and youthful. Quinoa also reduces problems related to pigmentation. If you are worried about acne then you can use this grain. It is also a good source of vitamin A, which keeps your skin young by reducing the fine lines on the face.
You can apply it on the face by making a pack. The anti-aging element found in it relieves skin problems. It helps to keep the skin young by removing wrinkles, freckles, dark circles, etc. on the face.
How to Make a Quinoa Face Pack?
To make the face pack you need:
- Quinoa – 1/4 cup
- Soybean milk – 2 cups
- Curd – 3 tablespoons
- Egg -2
Method Of Making And Applying:
- First of all, add milk and quinoa in a pan and cook until thickened.
- After cooking, keep it to cool down.
- Now add curd and egg white in this milk and mix well.
- Apply the prepared paste on your face and neck.
- Wash the face with water after 15-20 minutes or after it dries.
By doing this, your skin becomes glowing and the face tone remains even. Apart from this, the quinoa face pack is the best in improving skin damage and skin tone due to UV rays.
The antioxidants present in quinoa seeds also help to get rid of sunburn and repair your skin so that your skin looks bright.(4)
Quinoa and Hair Care
Quinoa is great for hair care. The hydrolyzed protein present in quinoa nourishes the hair by penetrating deep into the roots of our hair, which helps the hair to grow and at the same time makes them strong and shiny. The 9 special amino acids present in quinoa, repair your damaged hair and help them grow. The most important thing is that if you want to make your hair dandruff free, then there will be nothing better than quinoa. It specializes in treating the roughness of your hair.
It is important to keep the scalp clean. If the scalp is not clean then there occur problems like dandruff. Quinoa contains good amounts of calcium, iron, and phosphorus. All these elements help in keeping the scalp clean which removes dandruff. Proteins in quinoa also keep your hair healthy. Quinoa is also rich in B vitamins that nourish our skin and scalp completely.(1, 2, 4)
Types of Quinoa
Quinoa is used exclusively to make cakes, because it is gluten-free and contains many types of amino acids. It is considered a better source of fibre, zinc, magnesium and vitamin E. It mainly deals with protein deficiency in our body. It is found in three colours – black, white and red. Let’s know about the characteristics of types of quinoa:
White-coloured quinoa is the most used quinoa in the world. It is also known as ivory. Its specialty is that it takes the least time to cook as compared to other- coloured quinoa.
The black-coloured quinoa is sweeter than other forms and remains in its original form even after cooking. It takes a little longer to cook. It is less commonly used than other-coloured quinoa.
The red-coloured quinoa is mostly used as salad and is also very well-liked in this form. It changes its shape the most when cooked compared to other coloured quinoa.(3)
Quinoa is a wonderful superfood, along with health, it also takes care of your beauty. The protein present in quinoa helps promote hair growth and makes our skin healthy. Quinoa has a good amount of copper which is very beneficial for hair. It keeps your hair healthy.