Amaranth green (Amaranthusdubius) is a nutritious leafy vegetable. It is of central American origin but nowadays consumed worldwide. This leafy vegetable can be consumed in the form of soups, stir-fries, simmered dishes, gravies, dals etc. It is known as “latte” in Nepali. Amaranth green has thrice more calcium than spinach leaves and twice more than milk.
Lower cholesterol: Amaranth leaf contains tocotrienols, a type of vitamin E which helps in reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) levels in the body and prevents from coronary heart diseases.
Controls hypertension: Amaranth leaves are loaded with potassium and magnesium which are crucial for maintaining proper electrolyte balance in the body. The presence of significant amounts of dietary fibre and other essential nutrients in these leaves aids in the management and prevention of hypertension.
Preventions against cancer: The cancer-protective activity of amaranth leaves is due to the antioxidant property of vitamin E, vitamin C and lysine. These leaves fight against harmful free radicals and prevent the formation of malignant cells that are responsible for cancer formation in the body.
Good for Diabetes: Studies have shown that amaranth leaves demonstrate anti-hyperglycemic activity and thus, lower blood sugar levels in type2 diabetics. These leaves also lower other high-risk factors responsible for increasing your blood sugar levels such as obesity and cholesterol.
Prevents anaemia: The deficiency of iron in the body results in anaemia. The presence of high amounts of iron in amaranth leaves makes them the best dietary source to prevent deficiency of this mineral in the body.
Prevents hair fall: In case you are suffering from hair fall and premature greying of hair, consume amaranth leaves on a daily basis to get rid of your hair problems as there is a natural remedy.
Some Fun Facts about Amaranth:
- Amaranth has good amounts of oxalic acid and people suffering from kidney diseases, Rheumatoid arthritis and gout should avoid consuming this leafy vegetable.
- Amaranth carry 23 calorie/100g with no traces of fats and cholesterol.
- The name Amaranth comes from word “amarantos”, which means unfading.