Health Benefits of Amaranth

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 01, 2014

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Most people around the world consume it in the form of grains, vegetables and cereals for its health benefits. The nutritional value of amaranth makes it worth looking into.
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    Amaranth

    Amaranth is considered as a weed but most of the people around the world consume it in the form of grains, vegetables and cereals for its health benefits. The nutritional value of amaranth makes it worth looking into. Here are some of it’s health benefits. Image courtesy : Getty Images

     

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    Inflammation

    Amaranth oils and peptides have anti inflammatory properties that help in easing the pain and reduce the inflammation. It is very important for chronic conditions where inflammation affects the health. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Blood Pressure

    Studies suggest that fiber and Phytonutrients in amaranth help in lowering the blood pressure. It effectively tackles with cholesterol, inflammation and blood pressure thereby it is good for heart health. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Cancer

    The peptides present in amaranth not only protect against inflammation but are also very helpful in preventing cancer growth. The anti oxidants of this grain help protect the cells from getting damaged thus preventing cancer. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Immune System

    Another health benefit of amaranth is that it boosts the immune response of the body as it has potent content of necessary vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. You can consider taking amaranth if you have poor immunity. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Grey Hair Prevention

    Concerned about premature greying of your hair? Amaranth can also be very helpful in maintaining your good looks as it is quite effective in preventing your hair from premature greying. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Appetite Suppressant

    As we know proteins tend to reduce the insulin levels in the blood stream and releases a hormone that suppresses your appetite by making you feel less hungry. You will glad to know that about 15 percent of amaranth is protein which can aid your weight loss program. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Easy to Digest

    Amaranth is rich in fiber and amino acids which make it easy to digest. For this reason, it is traditionally given to patients who are recovering from illness. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Energy Booster

    While some vegetables and grains lack in essential amino acid, amaranth has good amount of lysine which helps the body to absorb calcium. Thereby it is very good for building muscles and producing the energy. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Palatability

    Amaranth grains are very palatable and easy to cook. It is consumed as a leafy vegetable in many parts of the world. It is commonly boiled, steamed and can also be added to soups. Once nicely cooked it is ninety percent digestible. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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