(NaturalHealth365) Quinoa is not the first thing that comes to mind when talking about migraine headache relief. But, people prone to migraines need a good source of magnesium and riboflavin (vitamin B2) – both of these have been shown to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. Don’t you want to know why it’s so good for you?
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There are several reasons why quinoa will beat out supplements for proper nutrition. Remember, nothing beats a whole food source of any nutrient; there are other co-factors that come into play that make the vitamins and minerals bio-available to the body. Quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as magnesium, folate and phosphorus which makes this grain valuable for migraine sufferers.
Studies have suggested that mitochondrial dysfunction where the brain’s energy factories aren’t generating enough output can cause a severe headache. High doses of riboflavin increase the energy production in the brain cells and reduce headaches. A study has shown that 400mg of riboflavin a day can cut the number of headaches in half. Riboflavin comes in a few foods such as, quinoa, liver, nuts, dairy, eggs, seafood and greens.
The key nutrient for pain relief
Magnesium is known to relieve headaches. To increase the amount of magnesium in your cells you need to have an adequate amount of B6, quinoa contains this along with niacin, zinc, copper and iron. Did you know that magnesium is designed to keep the blood vessels flexible and toned – to preserve the flow of nutrients to all systems?
Migraines usually occur when there is a problem with the flow and pressure within blood vessels. Another cause of severe head pain is constipation. That’s why quinoa (high in fiber) is a wise choice.
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Quinoa can be considered a “super grain”, thought it isn’t officially a grain, it is the seed of a leafy plant that is related to spinach. This is what makes it so unique, because it is not a true grain – it has excellent protein reserves and unlike other grains is not missing the amino acid lysine, so the protein is more complete. In fact, the World Health Organization has rated the quality of protein in quinoa at least equivalent to that of milk.
Since quinoa offers more iron than other grains – it can be a good substitute for meat if that is the only reason you want animal food. This plant is native to South America, and was know as “the gold of the Incas,” who used it to increase the stamina of their warriors. Popular among vegans – the nutrients in quinoa help support tissue growth and repair.
Best of all, quinoa improves energy metabolism within the brain and muscles making it what your body needs to ward off disease. Its synergistic effect shows the teamwork that is inherent in plant foods. The Incas consider it a sacred food and referred to it as the “mother seed”. There are good reasons to start cooking up some quinoa; it is one of the easiest things to make and it goes well with beans, vegetables, seeds, tofu, and most herbs. Enjoy!
About the author: Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.