10 Heath Benefits of Amaranth
The amaranth has slowly earned its way into the dieting plan of many people, mostly because it is a gluten free protein food. Even though the amaranth has derived from the fruit of a flowering plant, it has often been called a grain, and this is why we are going to call it a grain today too.
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Because it is an absolute amazing food, today we are going to share with you a couple of reasons why you should consume the amaranth on a regular basis and what it can bring to your body and overall health.
1. The amaranth is gluten free – this is why the popularity of this particular grain has increased so much. The cooked amaranth grain is especially good if you decide to consume it as a hot cereal in the morning. You can even find it as a flour and use it in your baking. Believe it or not, some peple even bread fish or manage to pop popcorn with it.
2. The amaranth contains more protein than any other grain – compared to the oats, which contain 26.1 grams of protein, the amaranth contains 28.1 grams of protein. That is two whole grams of protein plus! And let’s face it, because it is much healthier to get protein from plant based resources than animal sources, it will later not turn into any fat or cholesterol.
3. The amaranth can provide you with the essential lysine compound – the amaranth contains a significant amount of lysine. This is an essential amino acid that the body cannot create on its own, and it is also not found in the other grains which you know of so far. What the lysine does is it helps turn the fatty acids into usable energy, help the body absorb the calcium in a better way and maintain the health of yur hair as well as keeping it from falling.
4. The amaranth can provide you with help if you suffer from hair loss – to connect with the previous point that we had, consuming the amaranth will definitely provide you with the necessary aid if you have hair loss issues. Make sure you take the leaves from the amaranth, juice them and apply them on your scalp and hair right after shampooing. A lot of people have claimed that this process helped them deal with their hair loss issue, premature graying of the hair and in addition provided their hair with the moisture it needed.
5. The amaranth can lower your levels of cholesterol – the amaranth seeds and the amaranth oil, which is found in the seeds, both contain fiber – this compound is able to contribute to the levels of your cholesterol being lowered and reduce your risk of constipation too. Also, you will find that the amaranth is also rich in phytosterols, another compound which is known for lowering the levels of cholesterol in the body.
6. The amaranth is high in calcium – the amaranth can help you reduce the risk of osteoporosis and other deficiencies that come due to the deficiency in calcium in the body, mostly because of the fact that the amaranth contains twice as much of calcium than the milk does, making it even more beneficial for your overall health.
7. The amaranth contains plenty of antioxidats and minerals – the amaranth is the only known grain to contain Vitamin C as well as Vitamin E, magnesium, iron, phosphorous as well as potassium, which are all necessary elements if you want to maintain your overall health. Also, there are high amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and folate in the leaves of thisamazing and incredible grain.
8. The amaranth is able to suppress your appetite – the protein found in the amaranth is able to reduce the insulin levels in the bloodstream, thus releasing a hormone that will make you feel a lot less hungry. So, because the amaranth is comprised out of about 15% protein, the sole fact that it is able to aid your entire weight loss process or weight maintenance process is one of the best health benefits that come from this grain.
9. The amaranth will definitely improve your eyesight – even though we have searched for proof in order to back this one up, we haven’t found any solid evidence for it. And yet, there are plenty of cultures who believe that the amaranth greens are an all natural way to improve the overall eyesight. You caneither brew them as a tea or consume them in a fresh salad mix.
10. The amaranth has been found to be easy to digest – traditionally, the amaranth was the grain given to the patients who are just recovering from any illness or people who have just been taken off fasting. The ability of a very slow digestion comes with the mix of different amino acids found in this particular grain.
The amaranth is considered to be a gorgeous perennial plant that grows only in summer. Some types of the amranth plant get a bit of a bad reputation for being invasive plants. Some people argue that the feature such as this one is actually proven to be quite helpful because it aids the entire process of growing in a faster way, and this is why all of us should definitely incorporate more of it into the regular dietary plans. It is good for the overall body and it is very easy to grow.
It is quite easy to cook the amaranth, especially because you need a 1:3 ratio of amaranth and any kind of liquid. The liquid can be water, milk, coconut milk, almond milk, literally anything you want it to be. All you need to do is pick up the right amount of amaranth and rinse it very carefully under a stream of water. Drain it, put it in a pot along with the liquid of your wish and cook it until it has fully absorbed the liquid. You can even add some berries to it and voila – breakfast is served! Enjoy!