Amaranth plants are classified as pseudocereals, but they are not in the same botanical family as true cereals such as wheat and rye. In a world where gluten causes a lot of health problems, gluten-free cereals and pseudocereals are becoming more and more popular so is the amaranth. As a gluten-free cereal amaranth is safe for people suffering from celiac disease, but it is also a healthy choice for all of you who don’t have a problem with consuming gluten.
How can amaranth improve your health?
- The amaranth is rich in amino acid lysine, which is usually lacking in other cereals. This is why it is said that amaranth is a source of a complete protein.
- This plant is a great source of proteins. One cup amaranth contains approximately 26gr of proteins, compared with 13gr of proteins in a cup of rice.
- Amaranth plant may have cancer-preventive and anti-inflammatory properties. The lunasin-like peptide is a compound found in amaranth and it is a bioactive substance with cancer-preventive, anti-inflammatory, and antihypertensive effects.
- This plant is a good choice for people suffering from heart diseases. A study showed that those who included amaranth in their diet managed to lower their total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.
- The amaranth is rich in phytosterols, substances that can lower blood cholesterol levels.
- Amaranth is rich in calcium and that is why it can help in osteoporosis prevention and in preventing other health conditions linked to lack of calcium in our body.
- Amaranth is easily digestible food, and as it is gluten-free it can be consumed by all the people who are gluten intolerant or suffer from celiac disease.
It is a rich source of minerals and antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium. Amaranth leaves which can be also eaten are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and folic acid.