Quinoa Amino Acid Profile

The following graph shows a typical quinoa amino acid profile. The essential amino acids are marked with a small asterisk next to their names.

This chart was generated using our amino acid profile comparison tool.

(Data Source, 2)

It might be easier to read in table form. Essential amino acids are again marked with an asterisk (*).

  % of total amino acids
Alanine 4.6
Arginine 10.4
Aspartic Acid 9.3
Cystine 1.3
Glutamic Acid 16.4
Glycine 7.6
Histidine* 3.1
Isoleucine* 4.2
Leucine* 7.3
Lysine* 6.1
Methionine* 2.7
Phenylalanine* 4.3
Proline 4.9
Serine 5
Threonine* 3.2
Tryptophan* 1
Tyrosine 3.6
Valine* 5

Overall Summary of Quinoa Protein’s Amino Acid Profile

Quinoa is one of the best plant protein sources there is, as far as protein quality goes.

Most importantly, it’s a complete protein. This means that there is a significant amount of all essential amino acids.

It’s profile is well balanced, with a very similar amino acid profile to brown rice.