AMARANTHUS LEAVES HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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Health benefits

Amaranth is rich in antioxidants, , proteins, vitamins and minerals which make it the healthy food by preventing  the chronic diseases, enhancing immune system, stimulating repair and growth, lowering inflammation and blood pressure, lessening varicose veins, and promoting the strength of bones and others. It could be consumed either as a leaf vegetable, grain flour or a cereal grain.

High protein

Amaranth possess huge amount of protein which the body to break the plant protein into the usable amino acids and can be reformed into usable proteins. Protein is vital for the development and growth of new tissues and cells, energy and functions of metabolism. Even the leaves also possess beneficial proteins in it.

Antioxidant properties

The research shows that the peptide in Amaranth helps to lower inflammation and prevents the free radicals damage of mutating the healthy cells to cancerous cells. The anti-inflammatory activities eliminate the health conditions such as gout, arthritis and inflammation.

Develop bones

The leaves of Amaranth possess various minerals such as calcium. Amaranth enhances the strength of bones and also prevents osteoporosis. Calcium is essential to prevent bone demineralization.

Facilitates digestion

Amaranth is high in fiber content which assists in the digestion and promotes the minerals uptake. It is gluten free which provides an alternative grain source for the gluten intolerance of Celiac’s disease patients.

Heart health

The dietary fiber assists to balance the cholesterol by reducing the bad cholesterol from the cardiovascular system. Amaranth possess high amount of Vitamin K which enhances the heart health. The potassium reduces the blood pressure by lessening the strain on cardiovascular system and dilating the blood vessels. It also reduces the risk of atherosclerosis. The high concentration of phytosterols also assists in reduction of bad cholesterol.

Reduce varicose veins

Amaranth possesses the flavonoids such as rutin which eradicates the varicose veins by enhancing the capillary walls. It is also rich in Vitamin C which is essential for the collagen production, strengthen and repair the walls of blood vessels.

Eye health

An adequate amount of Vitamin A and carotenoids in the leaves of Amaranth helps to enhance the eye health. These antioxidants eliminate the chances of macular degeneration and cataracts. It lowers the oxidative stress in the ocular system that leads to the healthy and strong vision.

Prevent birth defects

Folate is vital for the pregnant mothers because the deficiency in folate leads to the neural tube defects in the newborns. One should add Amaranth grains or leaves to the diet because it provides an adequate folate.

Helps to lose weight

The leaves and grains of Amaranth assist in losing weight by releasing the sated hormone from the appetite. The dietary fiber makes to feel for a long time which eliminates the snack between the meals.

Maintains hair health

Amaranth possesses lysine which is a rare amino acid that cannot be produced by the body. It raises the efficiency of calcium uptake and strengthens follicles which help to prevent baldness. The application of leaves juice after shampoo prevents the hair loss by strengthening hair.

Traditional uses

This herb is used by the practitioners to obstruct bleeding. Amaranth is used as an astringent and as treatment for diarrhea, mouth ulcers and excessive menstrual flow. Gargling with this herb assist to alleviate the pharynx tenderness and assist the mouth ulcer treatment. This herb if used externally helps to cure vaginal discharges, nose bleeding and other abrasions. Amaranth greens are used to enhance eyesight.

Precautions

Raw Amaranth possesses some toxic or undesirable components so; Amaranth should be consumed by cooking. Children are intolerant to lysinuric protein which may cause stomach pain and diarrhea. Lysine increases the absorption of calcium in the body which leads to the damage causing amount of calcium in the body. So one should avoid huge intake of calcium and lysine at the same time. Pregnant or breast feeding women should avoid Amaranth in order to be in the safe side.

Nutritional value

Nutritional value:  1 Cup ,98 g

PRINCIPLE

       AMOUNT

% DV

Calories

251 Kcal

 

Water

184.89 g

N/D

Energy

251 Kcal

N/D

Energy

1055 kJ

N/D

Protein

9.35 g

18.70%

Total Fat (lipid)

3.89 g

11.11%

Ash    

1.89 g

N/D

Carbohydrate

45.98 g

35.37%

Total dietary Fiber

5.2 g

13.68%

Starch

39.93 g

N/D

MINERALS

Manganese, Mn

2.101 mg

91.35%

Iron, Fe

5.17 mg

64.63%

Phosphorus, P

364 mg

52.00%

Copper, Cu

0.367 mg

40.78%

Magnesium, Mg

160 mg

38.10%

Selenium, Se

13.5 µg

24.55%

Zinc, Zn

2.12 mg

19.27%

Calcium, Ca

116 mg

11.60%

Potassium, K

332 mg

7.06%

Sodium, Na

15 mg

1.00%

VITAMINS

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

0.278 mg

21.38%

Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic acid)

54 µg

13.50%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

0.054 mg

4.15%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

0.578 mg

3.61%

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

0.47 mg

3.13%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

0.037 mg

3.08%

Tocopherol, beta

0.93 mg

N/D

Tocopherol, gamma

0.12 mg

N/D

Tocopherol, delta

0.59 mg

N/D

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