2. Quinoa Contains Quercetin and Kaempferol
Quinoa actually has some huge benefits that go far beyond the vitamins and minerals that we already discussed. Inside this amazing superfood, there are lots of trace minerals that are really healthy for you. One of those is a molecule called the flavonoid. Flavonoids are plant antioxidants that have been shown in laboratory studies to have lots of different health benefits. Two of these flavonoids that have been well studied and shown to be beneficial are quercetin and kaempferol.
Quinoa contains these two plant compounds in large amounts. In fact, quercetin is higher in quinoa than almost any other food – including cranberries which are supposed to be packed with quercetin. Some of the properties of these two compounds include anti-inflammatory properties, antiviral properties, antidepressant effects and they might even prevent or treat cancer. You will definitely boost your intake of these important flavonoids if you add quinoa to your diet.