The quinoa in our Quinoa Crack is great for your mood - It can also help release sleep-inducing melatonin, helping you get a good night’s rest - a must for mood management, through the domino effect of the amino acid tryptophan.
Quinoa is rich in vitamins and minerals including magnesium and B vitamins – both of which can help improve your mood. It can also help release sleep-inducing melatonin, helping you get a good night’s rest - a must for mood management, through the domino effect of the amino acid tryptophan.
Indeed, this seed-like grain contains a complete amino acid profile - a nutritional equivalent of a royal flush if you like - making quinoa one of the greatest sources of plant protein there is in the world today.
Vegans, in particular, would do well to consume it as vegan diets can be low in essential amino acid precursors to serotonin and catecholamines, the “feel-good” neurotransmitters that sustain the mood. It’s also great news if you're looking to get more plant-based protein into your diet in general.
Quinoa also helps to keep our digestive system happy, the home of the ‘gut brain’ and now strongly associated with mood disorders. The balance of bacteria, or microbiota, in the gut actually impacts on mood.
Quinoa contains a prebiotic soluble fibre that acts as a fertiliser for the beneficial bacteria. One study showed that a quinoa diet downregulated the gene expression of inflammatory markers in the colon of mice. Although it may sound far-fetched, this is an assurance that this grain really does have a positive impact on gut health.
In more everyday terms, a lunch containing quinoa helps to keep mood, and energy levels steady due to its slow-releasing credentials. This, in turn, means we’re less likely to feel tired, irritable and ‘low’ at various points throughout the day.
If fighting fatigue sounds like a familiar battle, keeping up with your body’s iron needs is important and just one cup serving of Quinoa Crack helps you get 22% of your recommended daily iron intake.