QUINOA - the fan favorite Superfood!
Quinoa has been a buzz word for quite some time now and is known as a health conscious alternative to rice. In fact, it isn't even a grain - it's a seed! This Superfood is native to South America and was a staple food for the Incas. Today, Quinoa is enjoyed around the world and its health benefits are known widely.
Does Quinoa help your skin?
Because Quinoa is rich in vitamins, it helps brighten and enhance your skin. It also adds texture to your skin and rejuvenates it making your skin richer and more vibrant.
So, let's get into it - what exactly are those benefits?
May Repair Sun/Pollution Damaged Skin
Quinoa contains high levels of antioxidants and vitamin E that help reduce the effects of free radicals—molecules that damage collagen—from sun and pollution exposure. Quinoa may help restore damaged skin because it may stimulate new collagen synthesis.
May Reduces Dark Spots with B12 and enzymes
There is a high content of vitamin B found in quinoa that may help reduce the dark melanin that leads to age spots and other skin pigment-related conditions. Vitamin B12 interacts with other B vitamins to maintain a healthy skin complexion by regulating the production of melanin. Quinoa contains enzymes (tyrosinase inhibitors), that may decrease pigmentation, and can help to brighten your skin according to a study.
May Help Acne
Quinoa has been used for acne due to the niacinamide (vitamin B3) content. Vitamin B3 may soothe inflamed acne/rosacea-prone skin.
Vitamin A in quinoa can help stimulate the skin to produce new collagen over time, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and strengthen the skin to make it look and feel young, according to a 2007 study.
Fights Free Radicals
Quinoa is packed with antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals, and may help prevent some diseases.
Quinoa is definitely a superfood and a great addition to your diet. It’s not a cure all and many of these benefits that we listed won’t get you powerful results, but it sure will help your skin, body and health. Enjoy!