Benefits And Nutrition Of Amaranth For Health

Benefits And Nutrition Of Amaranth For Health


Amaranth


Amaranth, collectively known as Amaranthus

Amaranth is a genus of herbs that contain over 60 species with a variety of colors and uses. Amaranth is a moderately tall, broad-leafed, sprouting leaves that can range from deep blood-red to light green shot with purple veining bushy type of plant that grows about six feet in height and produces a brightly colored flowery head containing a very large number of seeds. (Amaranth plants can produce as many as 60,000 seeds.). Many of these species are considered weeds; but, around the world many individuals consume amaranth in the form of grains, vegetables and cereals due to its many health benefits.

Benefits And Nutrition Of Amaranth For Health
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Amaranth has a long history and has been in use for many centuries by many different cultures. Although amaranth was cultivated on a large scale in ancient Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru, nowadays it is only cultivated on a small scale there, along with India, China, Vietnam, and other tropical countries.

Amaranth include numerous vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, amaranth is very similar to other grains (like wheat) as well as to other green leafy vegetables (like Swiss chard). Amaranth contains about four times as much calcium as wheat and twice as much iron and magnesium.

Grain amaranth is easy to cook, is highly palatable, and can easily be included in snacks and dishes. Amaranth is grown and consumed as a leafy vegetable in many countries around the world. Amaranth is commonly boiled, steamed or included in soups and stir-frys. Cooked amaranth is 90% digestible.


Nutrition Of Amaranth For Health



Vitamins & Minerals


Amaranth is highly vitamin-rich and is a good source of vitamins A, B6, K and C, a well as folate and riboflavin. Amaranth includes numerous minerals. Amaranth is a terrific source of manganese and also iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.

Protein


Amaranth contains large amounts of protein, up to 30% more than wheat flour, rice and oats. Amaranth also contains no gluten, a protein that can be found in many true grains.

Dietary Fiber & Amino Acids


Dietary fiber and essential amino acids, including lysine, which has clinically shown potential for cancer treatment, are prominent in amaranth. It also contains relatively low cholesterol levels.

Benefits Of Amaranth For Health


Homeopathic and ayurvedic experts have always recognized the amazing health benefits of amaranth. Both, the seeds and leaves of amaranth, are used as herbal remedies. The seeds and leaves have been found to be very effective in stopping diarrhea, and hemorrhagic problems like excessive menstruation.

Cholesterol


The oils and phytosterols in amaranth help lower cholesterol levels, including LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. 

Benefits And Nutrition Of Amaranth For Health
Amaranth

Inflammation


The anti-inflammatory properties in the peptides and oils of amaranth can ease pain and reduce inflammation. This is especially important for chronic conditions where inflammation erodes at health, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 

Cancer


The same peptides in amaranth that protect against inflammation may also help prevent cancer. The antioxidants in this grain may also help protect cells from damage that can lead to cancer. 

Blood Pressure


The fiber and phytonutrients in amaranth lower blood pressure according to some recent studies. This grain tackles cholesterol, inflammation, and blood pressure, making it all around a good food for heart health. 

Lysine


Vegetables and grains are often lacking in this essential amino acid. Amaranth has a good amount of lysine which helps the body absorb calcium, build strong bones and muscles, and produce energy. 

Acne remedy


Amaranth leaves are also a wonderful astringent, and make a great wash for skin problems like eczema, and a wonderful acne remedy. Amaranth also makes an effective mouthwash for treating mouth sores, swollen gums, and sore throat.

Immune System


Amaranth may boost immune function according to some studies, probably thanks to the potent vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Hair loss


Amaranth leaves have been found to be a good home remedy for hair loss and premature greying. Applying the fresh juice of amaranth leaves helps hair to retain its color, and keeps it soft, and is a great hair-loss treatment.

Nutritional benefits


The amaranth seed or grain is similar to millet and quinoa in terms of nutritional benefits. In India, the amaranth grain is popped like corn and used like breakfast cereal, porridge, and gruel, and in sweets like laddus, or milled into flour and used to make flatbreads. Amaranth grain is also milled into flour and combined with other flours for making breads.

Amaranth grain is also very easy to digest and gluten-free, and, hence, often fed to babies, children, the elderly and those recovering from fasts and illnesses.