Amaranth Nutritional Benefits

As amaranth has been coming to light since the 1970s, so have some of its amazing health benefits. I want to focus on five that I found most interesting.

  1. A “protein powerhouse.” Amaranth is easily ahead of most all other grains in its protein content (13-14%). The protein in amaranth, though, is special because it contains lysine which is absent from a lot of grains. Pete Noll, the executive director of Bridge to Community Health said, “Amaranth’s amino acid profile is as close to perfect as you can get for a protein source.” The quality of protein in amaranth is among the best in the vegetable world and is almost to the level of animal-based products.
  2. It is high in essential minerals. Amaranth has over 3 times the normal amount of calcium that is so indispensable for our skeletal system. It is also high in the following minerals: iron (carries oxygen to our whole body), magnesium (an enzymatic cofactor that we need for many body processes), phosphorus (needed for all of our cells and especially affects our energy production, genetic code, and nervous system), and potassium (important in nerve function, electrolyte regulation, blood pressure, and muscle control).
  3. It’s great for the cardiovascular system. In the last 14 years, research has been done to show shown that amaranth has great heart benefits. Especially studies done in Russia, the University of Guelph in Canada, and the US Department of Agriculture have shown that to be true. It has a great capacity to significantly decrease cholesterol levels.
  4. Amaranth is gluten-free! Gluten is the hot topic of today. An element that has long been a part of our diet is showing its true colors. Many people are discovering that they can’t handle it. It’s not necessary or even particularly good for our digestive systems. Amaranth is one of many grains that does not contain gluten and can be safely eaten by those struggling with a gluten intolerance.
  5. Amaranth may prevent cancer. A study done in Mexico on amaranth discovered a protein similar to lunasin. Lunasin is generally believed to prevent cancer.

2 responses to “Amaranth Nutritional Benefits”

  1. Montes says:

    Great information! Thank you ?

  2. Cindy says:

    With reference to your Remark #5.
    Depending on whether or not the Amarnath crops
    have been sprayed with pesticides and if it is
    Not Organic and Wild crafted – it maybe just as unhealthy as the rest of the Grains, and may still
    cause cancerous digestive issues.
    Except for those crops that maybe
    are Non – GMO & Organic.
    Although, I have no formal knowledge regarding Lunasin.
    I sincerely hope it will be an Organic
    and Pesticide free along with No preservatives,
    and is not bleached and refined of all it’s
    wonderful natural properties.

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