A study by researchers at Harvard found that eating a bowl of quinoa a day reduces the risk of premature death from cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes. In fact all whole grains, such as wheat and oats, have been shown to be beneficial, warding off illness and keeping organs healthy because they are rich in dietary fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. Researchers studied more than 367,000 people across 8 states in the US, recording their diets and health for an average of 14 years. They found that those who ate around 1.2oz (34gms) of whole grains per 1000kcal per day lowered their risk of premature death by 17%. The findings remained even when allowing for different ages, smoking, body mass index, and physical activity.
Source: Huang T, et al. Consumption of whole grains and cereal fiber and total and cause-specific mortality: prospective analysis of 367,442 individuals. BMC Medicine. 2015.