Amaranth is a gluten-free protein. Though amaranth is derived from the fruit a flowering plant, it is often referred to as a grain.
10 Amaranth Benefits
1. Amaranth Is Gluten-Free
Cook amaranth grain as a hot cereal to eat in the morning (recipe below). Find it as flour and use if for baking. Some even pop it like popcorn and bread fish with it.
2. It Has More Protein Than Other Grains
One cup of amaranth grain has 28.1 grams of protein compared to oats at 26.1. Its healthier to receive protein from plant-based sources rather than animals, because the latter often comes with fat and cholesterol.
3. Amaranth Provides Essential Lysine
Amaranth has far more lysine, an essential amino acid that the body cant manufacture, than other grains. Lysine helps metabolize fatty acids into energy, absorb calcium, and even keep the hair on your head in tact.
4. Helps With Hair Loss And Greying
Expanding on the above, eating it helps with hair loss, juice the leaves and apply it after shampooing. Ive never done it but people swear it helps moisturize and flatten wirey grey hair.
5. Lowers Cholesterol And Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease
Amaranth seeds and oil (found in the seed) have fiber which contributes to lower cholesterol and risk of constipation. Its also rich in phytosterols, also known for lowering cholesterol.
6. Its High In Calcium
Amaranth helps reduce risk of osteoporosis and other calcium deficiencies because it has twice the calcium as milk.
7. Amaranth Is Full Of Antioxidants And Minerals
Its the only grain to have vitamin C, but its high in vitamin E, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium which are necessary for overall health. The leaves are high in vitamin C, vitamin A and folate.
8. Works As An Appetite Suppressant
Protein reduces insulin levels in the blood stream and releases a hormone that makes you feel less hungry. Since amaranth is roughly 15% protein, the fact that it aids in weight loss or maintaining weight is one of the health benefits.