Quinoa has most definitely earned its place in the world of clean eating and super foods. The ancient pseudo-grain packs a powerful nutritional punch, with each serving offering complete protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and several key nutrients. Quinoa’s unique nutritional makeup provides a great source of lasting energy for consumers; but how about using the “gold of the Incas” as part of your daily beauty regimen? It turns out that quinoa is well suited for nourishing and repairing the hair, skin, and body in several unexpected ways.
Quinoa for anti-aging, hair growth, and tissue repair…
Quinoa is rich in lysine, a key nutrient in the production of elastin and collagen. Lysine is vital in the repair of damaged tissue, scar tissue, and connective tissue after surgery or injury. Lysine is not synthesized within the body and therefore must be ingested through foods, making quinoa a particularly great choice for people in recovery, athletes, those prone to injury, and pregnant women seeking to nourish and protect the skin of their growing tummies.
In addition, the super food is rich in riboflavin, a nutrient that improves skin elasticity and decreases common signs of aging and overexposure including wrinkles, fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and decreased collagen production. Rich in the amino acid, tyrosine, quinoa also helps prevent greys and thus maintains a person’s natural hair color longer.
The pseudo-grain is also a powerful treatment for damaged, brittle, or malnourished hair. Hydrolyzed protein extract from quinoa can nourish hair follicles, strengthen hair, protect from breakage, seal split ends, and promote growth. It is also rich in vitamin E, iron, calcium, and phosphorus, nutrients that hydrate the scalp and prevent dandruff. Hydrolyzed quinoa is widely promoted as a great product for natural hair transitions.
Want to try it out? Here is a do-it-yourself recipe from Health Beckon:
“Anti-Aging Face Pack”
- Cook 1/2 cup quinoa in soy milk.
- Let this cool.
- Blend with 3 tsp. yogurt, 2 egg yolks, and 2 drops mimosa essential oil.
- Apply this evenly on your face and neck area.
- Keep it on for 25 minutes.
- Rinse it well with lukewarm water to get smooth and glowing skin.
Hydrolyzed quinoa protein can be purchased in bulk and used as an additive in homemade shampoo, detangler, conditioner, rinses, and masks!
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