Today we will try to systematize the research of world scientists in a relatively small article. Laconic outlining the main characteristics of amaranth and its positive impact on the body.
After all, amaranth is becoming increasingly popular – it is used in cooking, in the treatment and prevention of various diseases, in cosmetic procedures, etc.
On whose data we will rely?
In our article we use data from several sources. Among those:
- Berger, A., Greman, G., Baumgartner, M., et al. Cholesterol lowering in hamsters of the properties of amaranth grain and oil. Int J Vitam Nutr Res 2003; 73 (1) 39-47 ..
- Honor KV, Pogozheva AV, Kulakova SN, et al. [Effect of a diet with amaranth oil on lipid metabolism in patients with ischemic heart disease and hyperlipoproteinemia]. 2006; 75 (3): 17-21.
- Kim HK, Kim MJ, Cho Cho Gui, and others. Antioxidant and antidiabetic effects of amaranth (Amaranthus esculantus) in diabetic rats. Cell Biochem Functional 2006;
- Martirosyan D.M., Miroshnichenko L.A., Kulakova S.N., et al. Use of amaranth oil in ischemic heart disease and hypertension. 2007; 6: 1.
Shukla S., Bhargava A., Chatterji A, et al. Mineral profile and variability of plant amaranth. 2006;
- and some others.
Note that this article is for informational purposes only, and therefore should not be interpreted as specific medical advice.
That is, in order to take an amaranth for medical, therapeutic purposes, it is necessary to consult additionally with a qualified doctor, who will make the final decision on the importance of taking amaranth in your particular case.
Amaranth: general information
Amaranth was grown for a long time only in Asia and America, mainly for gathering grain, which is used as food and for making bread, pasta and baby food.
For several decades, amaranth has been cultivated in our country, and its crops are constantly increasing, because the plant is used to:
- receiving grains;
- oil making;
- flour production.
Scientists from around the world have proven that amaranth oil lowers cholesterol and lipids.
However, some studies have indicated that consumption of low-fat amaranth does not have a significant effect on cholesterol levels in patients with high cholesterol levels.
Preliminary studies have also shown that amaranth oil can lower blood sugar levels.
Amaranth: use in various diseases and disorders
Some of the methods and uses of amaranth described below are based on traditions, scientific theories, or specific research.
However, you need to understand that the independent use of amaranth in certain cases, in identifying certain diseases is not recommended. Because you need the conclusion of a qualified doctor who can justify the abolition of traditional medical treatment in favor of receiving amaranth and amaranth oil.
In particular, the amaranth and products derived from it have long been actively used in “traditional medicine” in the treatment and prevention of the following ailments in American and Asian countries:
- abnormal menstrual bleeding;
- pressure sores and lesions of the skin;
- disorders of the digestive system;
- as a diuretic drug;
- with hypertension;
- with high cholesterol;
- with inflammations;
- with insect bites;
- with psoriasis, rash;
- to care for wounds;
- as a dietary supplement for children;
Also noteworthy is the antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral effect of amaranth. In addition, it is widely used for cosmetic purposes.
Scientists have tested various uses of amaranth and its effects on the human or animal body.
Unfortunately, at the moment, not all studies have been completed, and therefore safety and effectiveness have not always been proven definitively. Scientists are still working in this direction.
But in general, it is worth noting that new evidence of the high efficiency of amaranth and amaranth oil constantly appears.
It is clear that there are no officially registered drugs created on the basis of amaranth, and therefore, again, in the treatment of certain diseases one should not be independent. Be sure to consult your doctor.
Separate studies show that amaranth can have antioxidant properties in combination with a healthy heart diet. Further studies are being conducted to finally confirm the findings obtained earlier.
In the treatment of heart disease
It was also found that the composition of amaranth can have a positive effect on the work of the heart as a whole, lower the level of bad cholesterol and reduce the level of blood pressure in people who suffer from heart ailments.
Some studies have found that amaranth can stimulate the immune system in patients with heart disease and high levels of bad cholesterol. However, more research is needed on amaranth in this area.
Preliminary studies show that eating amaranth leaves can overcome night blindness and act as a preventive measure against this ailment. However, further research in this area is still ongoing.
Recommendations for precaution
Health experts claim that amaranth has no specific contraindications. However, side effects can still occur.
It is because studies of the plant and products derived from it are still being conducted, in general, information about the methods and safety of treatment is sometimes lacking.
The use of amaranth should be avoided if allergies or hypersensitivity to this plant and products derived from it have been noticed before.
Side effects and warnings
At the moment, information about the possible side effects of amaranth is limited.
It is worth noting that in some cases (if improperly grown), amaranth may contain high levels of cadmium, nitrates and other substances that can adversely affect the nervous system.
In addition, if amaranth is grown in soils rich in nitrogen, it can cause health problems. Due to the high oxalate content, amaranth should be used with caution in people who have kidney disease.
Amaranth can reduce serotonin levels, can increase or decrease immune function, and therefore should be used with caution in patients with immune disorders or taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect the immune system.
Amaranth can reduce blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is recently recommended to take patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes. However, caution is also important. Since constant monitoring of the blood glucose level is necessary, as well as observation by a qualified doctor, who will make the necessary adjustments to the previously prescribed medical treatment at the right moment.
Also amaranth can lower blood pressure. Therefore, it should be taken with caution to those who have low blood pressure or who have already taken any medications designed to lower the level of pressure. Also, when receiving amaranth in this situation, it is necessary to constantly monitor the pressure and periodically monitor the attending physician, who at the right moment will make the necessary changes to the previously prescribed medications. (If required).
During pregnancy and lactation
Research in this area is still underway. Therefore, amaranth is not recommended for pregnant and women during lactation. So that there are no unforeseen situations.
Features of the interaction of amaranth with various medicines, herbs, etc.
Separately, we note exactly how amaranth interacts with certain medicines, herbs and dietary supplements. Amaranth research in the laboratory
In general, the interaction does not cause any questions. Problems (and even then not necessarily, but only in some cases) can arise in people suffering from certain diseases.
Interaction with drugs
Perhaps there will be a small repetition of information, but in this case it is fully justified.
So, as mentioned above, amaranth can lower blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is recommended to take it with caution to patients using drugs that are designed to lower blood sugar levels.
People who take oral (mouth) or diabetes medications for diabetes should be under medical supervision at all times. What is necessary in order to make timely changes to the treatment program.
The same applies to those who are treated for hypertension and constantly take medications necessary to lower blood pressure.
Remember that amaranth will probably interact with the following drugs:
In some cases, caution should be taken amaranth inside patients with problems in the work of the kidneys, as well as those who use lipid-lowering drugs.
Interactions with herbs and dietary supplements
In this case, it does not make sense to describe in detail the features of the interaction of amaranth with medicinal herbs, dietary supplements. Because they are similar to drug interactions.
That is, caution should be used amaranth those who take herbs and dietary supplements, designed to:
- lower blood sugar levels;
- lower blood pressure;
- affect the immune system;
- have an antihistamine effect;
- assist in the treatment of eye diseases;
- help in the treatment of kidney disease.
How to take amaranth: optimal dosage
In the treatment or prevention of certain diseases, it is important to choose the correct dosage of amaranth oil and other products derived from this plant.
Adults (18 years and older)
You can make tea by adding 1 teaspoon of amaranth leaves to 1 cup of cold water and drinking 1 or 2 cups a day.
You can also take amaranth oil: one teaspoon a day, half an hour before meals.
When applied topically, the oil is applied to damaged skin twice a day – in the morning and in the evening.
If you want to get a wonderful antioxidant effect, it is recommended to take from 200 to 400 milligrams of squalene (one of the main components of amaranth) per day – calculate the dosage of amaranth oil yourself.
To significantly improve immunity, it is recommended to increase the dosage to 600 milligrams of squalene per day.
With diagnosed cardiovascular diseases and an increased risk of their occurrence, 18 milligrams of amaranth oil for 20 days continuously will be helpful.
Children (under 18)
It is not recommended to give amaranth oil to children. Since there is no accurate research data on its effect on the children’s organism. However, you can use amaranth porridge in small doses or drink amaranth tea.
If you have doubts about the appropriateness of using amaranth products by your child, you can additionally consult with your doctor.
It may seem to you that this article was written a little cautiously or excitingly. However, this is not so – we cited the main data of studies conducted in different parts of the world.
They once again proved that amaranth is a really powerful natural remedy that can have a positive effect on the human body and resist various diseases.
However, given the love of our fellow citizens to self-treatment, we consider it our duty to warn about possible, even if in some cases, contraindications. As they are sure, it is better to exercise extra caution. And the “extra” consultation with the doctor has not harmed anyone yet.