Quinoa and lysine

Quinoa, often touted as a ‘superfood’, is high in lysine and also contains significant amounts of the other essential amino acids (of which there are 8). This quality qualifies it as a ‘complete protein’.

If you’re interested in specifics, 100g of Quinoa provides 239mg of Lysine. According to some studies, the RDA for Lysine is around 12–45 mg/kg per day.

That calculates to around 2400mg per day for an 80kg(176lbs) person. Given those numbers, 100g provides around 10% of the recommended daily amount.

Quiona nutrition (lysine)

Lysine basics

Lysine is one of 9 essential amino acids. It is not produced in the body but is required for essential bodily functions such as:

  • collagen growth
  • absorption of other nutrients (such as calcium)
  • muscle/tissue growth and repair.

Since Lysine is not produced (or synthesized) by the body it must be obtained via the diet, making it possible to run at a deficit.

When people do not get enough Lysine in the diet, symptoms including fatigue, anemia and hair loss may surface. For further symptoms and info, please refer to Medical news today.

Other benefits of Quiona

In addition to high levels of Lysine (and other amino acids), Quiona also contains high levels of Magnesium and phosphorus – in both cases, 100g provides around 15% of your RDA.

Nutritional contents of quinoa

Since you’re interested in the Lysine contents of Quinoa, you may also be interested in further nutritional qualities. If so take a look below where you’ll find the nutritional information for 100g of Quinoa:

AmountRDA
Protein4.4g9%
Lysine239mg~10% (weight dependant)
Carbs21g7%
Far2g3%
Magnesium64mg16%
Fibre2.8g
Phosphorus152mg15%
Folate10%

Lysine benefits

Lysine has been the subject of many fruitful studies over recent years and now promises an impressive array of benefits. Let’s start with Michigan Medicine, who state that Lysine has been shown to:

  • Help with herpes outbreaks
  • Reduce re-occurrence of Cold sores.

In addition to that, there have been a bunch of other studies which have shown it to:

Tasty quinoa recipes

If you’ve heard enough and want to add Quinoa to your diet, consider a couple of these recipes:

…or you could just be like me and eat it by itself – and by the truckload.