Amaranth: Superfood Through The Ages
Amaranth is gaining popularity due to its unrivaled nutritious value and ability to tend to anyone who is looking to eat healthy. Amaranth comes from the same family as quinoa.
This super-food was traditionally consumed by those who would be recovering from an illness or fasting. The Aztecs also included amaranth in their religious rituals and used it as a staple.
In addition to its ancient origins and rich history, this superfood is now making a frequent appearance in many households. Below are the top ten facts that justify this superfoods’ status in the society!
#1 Rich Source of Protein
Amaranth seeds possess significant amounts of all essential amino acids. The proteins found in amaranth are also more digestible than those from other grains and seeds.
This protein powerhouse is a great source of protein for vegetarian and vegan diets.
#2 Gluten Free
Those who are looking for a gluten-free option can benefit a lot from amaranth. To ensure sufficient nutrient-intake, simply use this superfood to thicken sauces, soups, and more.
#3 High Levels of Phosphorus
One of the most needed minerals in the human body is phosphorus, and amaranth happens to be among its richest sources. A mere 30 g serving meets 32% of an adult’s daily recommended intake of phosphorus.
#4 Lowers Blood Pressure
Recent studies show that the phytonutrients and fiber in amaranth help in lowering blood pressure. The seeds also tackle inflammation and cholesterol, making this superfood good for cardiovascular health.
#5 Aids in Digestion
Amaranth is rich in fiber, so it aids blood pressure management, digestive health, and cholesterol. This nutritious plant also slows down the absorption of sugar, allowing the body to produce more energy and prevent fatigue.
#6 Strengthens Immune System
According to some studies, amaranth may help in boosting the function of the body’s immune system, thanks to its significant amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
#7 Improves Bone Health
The leaves of amaranth contain a high concentration of calcium. Since there are only a few leafy vegetables that are rich in calcium, amaranth is considered a superfood when it comes to improving bone health.
#8 Weight Loss
Eating amaranth leaves and grains can help you stick to your weight loss plans. Its high fiber content suppresses your appetite and lowers your likelihood to consume snacks between meals.
#9 Eliminates Varicose Veins
Varicose veins can be embarrassing, unappealing and quite painful. Fortunately, the flavonoids in amaranth have been shown to reduce the appearance of varicose veins by strengthening capillary walls. This superfood is also rich in vitamin C, an essential vitamin in collagen production.
#10 Improves Eye Health
The high levels of vitamin A and carotenoids in amaranth leaves can improve eye health. Because it is rich in antioxidants, it slows or prevents the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.
The seeds of amaranth have been valued for centuries due to their high concentration of protein, vitamins, and minerals. The extract from this plant is often used in anti-wrinkle serums and may help you combat the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. Furthermore, this protein powerhouse can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. It has no gluten, making it a friendly grain for people with allergies, intolerances, and celiac disease.
– Amit Vaidya
Amit Vaidya is the best-selling author of the memoir Holy Cancer and the upcoming Food Is Medicine cookbook series. He is the in-house health & wellness expert for Kapiva Ayurveda, advocating for the empowerment of all individuals to be in the driver’s seat of their own lives. He chronicles his life on Instagram under the handle @live4todayamit.