The scientific name of Amaranth is Amaranthus. It was first cultivated by the Aztecs 8000 years back and called “huauhtli”. It accounted for 80% of their energy requirements. It was used to make a treat called “Alegria” (‘Joy’ in Spanish).
Protein: Source of ‘complete protein’.
More protein than quinoa (20-30% more than Quinoa).
Carbohydrates: High P/C ratio
Fiber: Three times the Fibre in Quinoa
Cholesterol: Zero Cholesterol
Fat: Zero Trans Fat
Calcium: Highest Calcium amongst grains & cereals.
Higher than Soya, Ragi & even Milk.
Iron: More than twice the Iron in Quinoa.
One serving = 60% of RDI. 2nd highest amongst all cereals.
Magnesium: More than Quinoa.
Manganese: 50% more than Quinoa. One serving meets 75% of RDI.
Phosphorus: Twice the content in Quinoa.
Selenium: Twice the content in Quinoa.
Vit B5, B6 & C: Higher than Quinoa
Phytosterols: Amaranth contains Phytosterols which are absent in Quinoa.
This lowers LDL & total Cholesterol.
Lysine: Highest Lysine content amongst all grains (even higher than
Quinoa). Helps body absorb calcium.
BENEFITS OF AMARANTH
- High Source of ‘Complete Protein’
It has higher Protein content compared to Rice, Wheat and all types of Quinoas. This Protein helps build muscle, regulate digestion, balance hormones and supports the nervous system.
When toxins build up in the body, it causes ‘inflammation’ & is associated with almost every one of the ill health condition. To name a few, Arthritis, Gout, Celiac, irritable bowel disorder (IBD) etc. Amaranth inhibits ‘inflammation’ & acts as a natural treatment.
Without enough Calcium, bones become weak and susceptible to fractures and develop Osteoporosis. Since it has the highest Calcium amongst all grains and cereals and the highest Lysine to help the body absorb the Calcium, it becomes the perfect solution for bone health.
Phytosterols in Amaranth reduce LDL. The Fibre content binds Cholesterol in the gut and causes it to be excreted. Together they reduce LDL by 20-50%.
Due to high Fibre content, it energizes the digestive system and stimulates excretion taking with it the toxins, waste, fat, Cholesterol out of the gut. Sprouting Amaranth supports the growth of beneficial bacteria which can heal a leaky gut syndrome.
With one serving providing 75% of RDI of Manganese, the Pancreas operates efficiently and it regulates blood sugar levels and acts as a Diabetes preventer.
So, it can be easily incorporated into the diets of the Celiac sensitive and Celiac disease patients.
Folate in Amaranth helps DNA replication and helps foetus cells to grow.
It reduces insulin levels in our bloodstream and releases a hormone which makes us feel less hungry. It also has anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Fiber suppresses appetite, keeps us full and discourages overeating.