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Amaranth is really a grain seed, so it is technically known as "pseudo-cereal”. Fortunately, our taste buds and digestive system do not care what you call it. They will not only know that amaranth is delicious but will also provide nutritional benefits.
Like quinoa, amaranth is gluten-free and is considered a whole grain. Also, both pseudo portions of cereal belong to the Amaranthaceae family, which includes, chards, beets, cabbage, and spinach. (With so much food diversity, they have to hold an unusual encounter.)
Moreover, quinoa only contains eight grams of protein per cup, whereas amaranth contains nine grams. And, quinoa contains three grams of iron per cup, in addition, amaranth contains five grams.
Amaranth is a reservoir of essential amino acids like lysine, which can sometimes be a challenge to get insufficient amounts from a vegan diet. Some popular grains, such as rice and corn have less lysine, so adding amaranth to your diet - as well as buckwheat and quinoa - will ensure you to get the optimum amounts. Additionally, symptoms of lysine deficiency can include hair loss, common cold, sores, hair loss, high blood pressure, and fatigue. In fact, amaranth is a complete protein, and it boasts a fair amount of all nine essential amino acids.
In addition to protein, amaranth is also an excellent source of many other essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamin E, and all the B vitamins. It is rich in minerals, and it shares with us essential nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus that the plant extricates from the earth. Amaranth appears to provide a special supply of bioavailable calcium, iron, and zinc, thereby making it the best choice for people who have difficulty maintaining the optimum levels of these elements.
Did you know that around half a cup of cooked amaranth seeds also provides 2.5 grams of fiber? Researchers found that 78% of the fiber in amaranth is insoluble, a type of fiber that keeps things moving in their intestines.
Also, these are one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables you will ever find.
All those nutrients in a package containing fiber-rich, protein-rich, and gluten-free, by nature. It is an exceptional substitute for those who refrain from gluten-based products (for example Celiac disease).
1. Helps control weight.
Thanks to all of those fiber and protein, amaranth can support healthy weight control by inducing saturation - which means it helps you feel fuller and lowers your appetite.
2. Benefit heart health.
Amaranth has proved to support heart health. Since there is ample evidence that the use of whole grains and pseudocereals can reduce the risk of heart disease and other diseases. Amaranth, in particular, appears to be helpful in lowering LDL cholesterol.
It has been proved that those who regularly consumed amaranth in their diet have lowered LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) by up to 50% compared to a normal diet.
3. Reduces inflammation.
Amaranth also has anti-inflammatory properties. This is because Amarnath releases a series of peptides and oils that relieve pain and reduce inflammation. This is especially significant in chronic cases where inflammation disturbs your health, by causing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
One can always use amaranth oil for minor injuries and certain skin conditions. For example, when you trip by mistake and have a swollen arm or ankle, the oil will reduce the risk of inflammation.
4. Full of antioxidants that are important in preventing infections.
Amaranth also is loaded with an abundance of antioxidants one of which is the phenolic compounds, which have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers and neurodegenerative diseases.
The way you process and prepare amaranth seems to be important. Higher antioxidant activity is found in amaranth seeds, compared to amaranth or whole grains. And soaking amaranth also increases its nutrient bioavailability and absorption in the body.
Apart from the innumerable benefits, Amarnath provides its also a good
source of vitamin c which boosts immune health, collagen, the healing process, etc.
All in all, you must try this superfood and reap its benefits!!
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