Amaranth is a group of more than 60 different species of grains that have been cultivated for about 8,000 years. Beautiful pink flowers bloom on the plant of amaranth all summer long making it a beautiful sight. However, the flowers are not the main attraction, it is the seeds that are extremely beneficial for an individual.
Amaranth has high nutritional value. Although, not many people know about this as it has been recently discovered, but it was really popular during the ancient times. Obviously, it has to be with the beautiful flowers, sweet taste and all the nutritional value.
These qualities make it an important ingredient to include in your daily diet. If you are still not convinced to consume it, then here is a list of benefits for you all.
Some studies came to a conclusion that amaranth and its oil can lower your cholesterol levels. However, the best part is that it only lowers the bad cholesterol without affecting the good cholesterol. Despite knowing that amaranth can lower cholesterol levels, researchers are still not able to find out how it affects the human body to result in lower cholesterol level.
Rich In Protein
Amaranth is a very rich source of protein. A single cup of amaranth contains at least 10 grams of protein which is a very high and beneficial level. Our body can easily absorb the protein as well as contains essential amino acids. Proteins present in this plant are easily digestible as compared to others. Protein in this have been compared to animal proteins and it has been said that they are pretty close.
Rich In Antioxidants
Antioxidants can protect the body from harmful free radicals which can cause damage to the cells and lower the possibility of chronic illness which includes heart disease, cancer and many more. Amaranth is a very good source of antioxidants which includes gallic acid and vanillic acid. It is found that soaking and processing amaranth can lower the level of antioxidants but still, it is left with a large quantity.
Inflammation is a natural immune response designed to protect the body from injuries and infection. Amaranth contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help to relieve pain and cure injuries.
This is important at times of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and others as inflammation deteriorates your health during such illnesses. Amaranth oil is very beneficial when applied at minor injuries or skin conditions.
Gluten is a type of protein that is found in grains such as wheat, barley, spelt and rye. It is definitely essential but now-a-days, increased cases of Celiac disease are coming out these days where a person is allergic to gluten and consuming it can cause harm to a person’s digestive tract. As it is found in almost all types of flour, amaranth is a great option for people suffering from this as it is gluten free.
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