Amaranth in various forms and proportions is useful for all human organs and is used in the treatment of diseases that at first glance are not related to each other. This property has earned him fame throughout the world, but at the same time with it in certain circles there was a doubt. People interested in traditional medicine do not believe that there are natural remedies that “can treat both the heart, and the joints, and the genitals, and even the nerves,” they say, “this does not happen!”.
The latter is the essence of what was said by the participant in the phytotherapeutic forum, where suffering from various diseases, users discuss the properties of amaranth, tea tree and other plants that are poorly known in our everyday life, but are commonly used as part of medications and as an independent therapeutic agent.
Pharmacy with an incredulous user of the forum does not agree: there are very different from each other medicines with amaranth, which treat the cardiovascular system and the musculoskeletal system, and much more. In order to understand how an ordinary plant can affect organs that have little connection with each other, it is necessary to understand a little about the properties of the human body.
Where do diseases come from?
The human body consists of chemical elements that form the cells of all organs and tissues – from the brain to the bones. In total, a person can count 86 elements of the periodic table. Some are extremely few, some may be missing altogether. 25 of them are present in the body in significant quantities, 18 (in some reference books 16 or 17) are necessary for the maintenance of life.
Every second, biochemical processes take place in cells and cellular tissue, requiring the presence of certain elements. These processes support the activity of each organ, provide protection for the body, and regulate its functioning as a whole. With the lack of an element, a process is suspended or a failure occurs.
Suppose if there are few B vitamins in the body, vital processes are almost completely “taken away”. In order to ensure, for example, the rapid and complete elimination of toxins from the body, they are not enough. As a result, the metabolism will occur, as before, the toxic products of this exchange will accumulate, the liver, which does not work to its full capacity, will slowly excrete them, “snatching” those microdoses of vitamins that will remain after ensuring the operation of more important systems. The result – toxins will have time to intervene in biochemical processes, and first of all the liver will suffer, in which the poison will be the most. At the same time, the heart and brain will also not receive vitamins to the full, but only in the most necessary – the minimum – quantity. The distribution of scarce elements in the body is similar to the distribution of food during a hungry time: at the minimum, everyone needs only to survive.
This is how diseases arise. For a long period, one or another organ loses the element it needs, somehow it functions, but its tissues are depleted, the cellular metabolism is disturbed, therefore the “detail” disappears from the exchange process. Sooner or later, the thinned tissue, relatively speaking, breaks. Not literally. It can really start to break down. But it may, for example, not be able to repulse any irritant that enters our body daily. In the latter case, infectious, inflammatory processes and much more develop.
To restore tissue, you need not just to fill the deficit of the element, but to normalize the entire metabolic system in the damaged area of the body. This is much more difficult than simply maintaining a biochemical balance. Therefore, doctors have been saying for several centuries: it is easier to prevent than to cure. And yet: eat right, lead a healthy lifestyle – and there will be no illnesses.
At least until the age of 50, this is true: if all biochemical processes take place as intended by nature, if the body is not placed in unnatural conditions for it and does not provoke failures, the disease simply has nowhere to arise. All tissues will remain whole and strong, and the protection will be sufficient to withstand minor natural stimuli such as viruses causing ARD.
After 50 years of tissue, even healthy tissue begins to wear out – this is a natural aging process. It is especially important to give the body all the nutrients that it requires. Good nutrition after half a century of life helps to at least partially update worn fabrics. In case of defective wear and tear accelerates exponentially – and the organs breathe incense or refuse.
Interesting! In Western Europe, there are cases when after 40-50 years people move to areas with clean air and completely renew their diet. As a rule, they all live to be at least 80 years old and even feel very good in old age. Exceptions, of course, are those people who have previously been diagnosed with severe incurable diseases, often congenital.
It is important to remember the following: a change in lifestyle, whether it is a daily regimen, diet or behavior, will affect the entire body immediately. That is, if a person has started to eat calcium, the substance will be distributed among all organ systems, and the rest will be removed (of course, if you use excessively, the body will not have time to deduce it and hypercalcemia may occur, but this is quite rare). And if a person has started eating a certain product or taking a certain medicine, the elements contained in it will also be received by the whole organism, and not by any particular organ.
Universal medicine – myth or reality?
Tissues are unhealthy, the immune system cannot fight back the simple flu … This means that the body does not receive the nutrients, the very elements that make up a person. It is impossible to live fully if you lack something that you consist of. And this is a common, unfortunately, picture in the bodies of many people. Recognize it simply by the following features:
A person is often sick. Runny nose, especially in autumn and spring, tonsillitis and other inflammations of the nasopharynx, occur, the previous ones have barely disappeared.
Chronic diseases appear. Often – as a continuation of those that people once suffered. Diseases that the body has never encountered before do not immediately become chronic. However, a new disease due to a weak immune system can be so intractable that the process will be delayed and it will turn into a chronic one from the very first time.
Memory deteriorates, the speed of the brain decreases. Concentration becomes more difficult, new information is perceived poorly, the reaction worsens.
The person begins to sleep badly, to react sharply to changes in the weather. Appears lethargy, apathy, lost the desire for knowledge of the new: the body is not up to intellectual development – it barely pulls the physical aspect.
The problem with most people is that they let things take their course, because, they say, “this is old age.” This is not old age, but only the result of the way of life that has been conducted for the previous 30 years. And yet these are the first alarm bells, a warning that the violations are approaching a critical point and further irreversible processes of tissue change will begin – intractable so-called “senile” diseases. Before this critical point comes, it is advisable to throw all the forces on the restoration of the body.
Many, having decided that it is still too early to grow old, begin to treat specific diseases – chronic, or heart and blood vessels, or purposefully – joints … And while they are treating one, the other processes continue to develop. The result is one almost cured disease and two or three new ones.
This is where funds with a high content of several useful substances come to the rescue, which are capable of expanding recovery work all over the body at once. Most often this means of plant origin.
Natural Food VS Supplements
There is a theory whose essence is that the organic is best treated organic. She has supporters and opponents, and there are many others (the first in the last couple of decades is getting more), but no one disputes the fact: organic compounds are better absorbed by the body than individual chemical elements. This is especially true when it comes to a long, long-term 11deficit. To fill it with simple use of magnesium and potassium in capsules will not succeed: the body simply does not recognize them, and digestibility will be very low, and as a result – and the performance.
But it is not only a matter of digestibility, but also in the fact that during a long, not very healthy lifestyle, there is rarely a shortage of a specific element. More often, the body loses one, then another, then the third, and as a result there is a shortage of a number of substances. It is difficult to take all these substances in the form of food additives because:
a) it is necessary to combine them carefully, and the diet must be very rigid so that it is possible to effectively add all the additives into it, and not everyone can follow such a diet;
b) under a dozen supplements in the form of capsules every day, the body after some time may begin to reject due to their unnatural nature: the nature of such intake of chemical elements is not provided;
c) from a financial point of view, not all can afford this amount of additives.
Plants are more accessible, more natural, better integrated into the diet and, as we said, better absorbed. The question is in choosing the right ones.
Amaranth – support and recovery of the whole body
What, strictly speaking, is amaranth so useful that it is recommended as a prophylactic agent and as a medicine in the field of cardiology, and neurology, and nephrology, and endocrinology, and gynecology, and in many others?
It simply contains the most important substances, the shortage of which in the organism of a modern person is most often observed. It:
- polypeptides that cannot be synthesized in the body and that must come from food (and, more precisely, amino acids tyrosine, methionine, leucine and isoleucine, tryptophan, threonine, lysine, histidine and valine);
- phospholipids – a special kind of “building fat”, as well as other unsaturated fats;
- water soluble vitamins;
Everyone knows about the presence of squalene in amaranth oil and its value (and those who do not know, we suggest to get acquainted with our materials on this topic), but the other useful components, although more common in products, have not been honored. So, what are phospholipids, tocopherol and unsaturated fatty acids and is it really true in amaranth?
Pharmacological components of amaranth
Simply put, polypeptides are compounds that, once in the human body, break down into separate components – amino acids. Some of the amino acids the body produces itself from the available substances, and some, as already mentioned, cannot synthesize. The latter include tyrosine, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, tryptophan, threonine, lysine, histidine and valine. These are essential amino acid substances, and they are called indispensable 6 for a reason.
For example, tryptophan, histidine and tyrosine are the source for the formation of neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. Tryptophan produces the well-known “hormone of joy” serotonin; tyrosine is a source of norepinephrine; and a useful substance such as histamine is formed from histidine. With a lack of these substances, the person will feel sluggish and depressed, will begin to think more slowly (this is all serotonin), the reaction (norepinephrine) will begin to worsen, and due to the lack of histamine, various allergies occur.
Tyrosine is also a component of all thyroid hormones. Its deficiency provokes endocrine diseases and disorders that lead, among other things, to complications during pregnancy, when the smooth and fast functioning of the thyroid gland is especially important. So, because of problems with tyrosine, hypothyroidism occurs, which results in the birth of children with Down syndrome and similar diseases.
Methionine is used in medicine as a separate drug and is prescribed for the treatment of various liver diseases as a substance that prevents the accumulation of “harmful” fats, with toxic liver damage, with atherosclerosis, and as an antidepressant to improve the synthesis of neurotransmitters (the same serotonin, as well as dopamine and others).
The remaining amino acids are involved in almost all “protein” processes in the body. For example:
They are the catalyst for many biochemical reactions, responding, in particular, for the normal exchange of substances.
They are necessary for the formation of certain proteins – namely, collagen and elastin – which make up cartilage, hair, and nails. In addition, collagen and elastin support the shape of the cells that make up the skeleton.
They connect the toxins entering the body with food and air and “neutralize” them, leading them through the liver.
They form some antibodies to viruses and bacteria.
They regulate the concentration of potentially unsafe substances in the blood. For example, insulin protein, which is formed in part from essential acids, “monitors” sugar levels and does not allow diabetes mellitus to develop.
They spread other chemical elements around the body.
They form cells of some tissues, in particular, muscle.
Among plant foods, amaranth is one of the leaders in the number of essential amino acids. Most of them are found in the raw grain of this plant, a little less – in processed. Also, a small amount of polypeptides needed by humans is contained in amaranth greens.
Phospholipids in amaranth
Phospholipids are, like all lipids, fats, but fats are not quite normal. Ordinary fats that provide a person with energy, and still have the unpleasant habit of depositing themselves under the skin and spoiling the figure, are called triglycerides. They are called so because they consist of glycerin combined with three fatty acids. Phospholipid is glycerol, also combined with two fatty acids, and phosphoric acid is in place of the third. Unlike fatty acids, which can “cling” to glycerol only, phosphoric acid combines on one side with glycerol, and on the other with amino alcohol. Amino alcohols also differ, and the name of the phospholipids themselves varies depending on the amino alcohol added. For example, if choline is an amino-alcohol, then such phospholipids are called lecithins.
The following is important: phospholipids do not provide human energy and do not spoil the figure. They are the building blocks for cells, and more specifically, cell membranes. Absolutely all the membranes of all cells in the body are composed of phospholipids. And partly from cholesterol. When the percentage of cholesterol in the cell membranes increases, and the phospholipids, respectively, decreases, the cells begin to grow rough, age, and this affects the speed and quality of the processes taking place in them.
The largest proportion of phospholipids is contained in the membranes of the liver cells, then the brain and the heart, and then the rest of the organs. With a deficiency of phospholipids, all of the above are affected. In such cases, cell membranes begin to form from other “improvised” fats, which cannot boast the same fluidity and permeability as phospholipids, and due to thickening, coarsening of the membranes in the cells and between them the intercellular metabolism. Disruption of metabolism is the cause of a huge number of diseases, which is remarkable, more “senile” (which, however, are often observed in people of middle and even young age).
Among other lipids, the amount of phospholipids in amaranth oil is about 10%, which is a very high figure among other foods containing phospholipids. Most of all in the “amaranth” lecithin phospholipids. Researches on this topic were carried out repeatedly, in particular, V. Selemenev reported on their results in the report “Study of the phospholipid composition of amaranth oil” and Ph.D. .
Amaranth Fatty Acids
We have already written in detail earlier about unsaturated fatty acids in amaranth oil, therefore those who are interested in their properties should superficially refer to the material “Amaranth oil – fats that help to lose weight”. As for scientific research, it is possible to cite the already mentioned study by I. Korenskaya “Pharmacognostic study of seeds of various varieties of amaranth sad” as an information source on this topic. Misha for the development in them of the evil lymphhome ”and the research of E. Safonova“ Isolation and study of the phospholipids of oil of 9 amaranth seeds ”. Here it is enough to mention that unsaturated fats in general:
- participate in the formation of brain cells;
- more than 50% provide physical protection for all body tissues, including external ones;
- participate in providing immunological protection: what is called a local immunity is located precisely in the layer of mucous membranes that fats form;
- they dissolve deposits of saturated fats on the walls of blood vessels, i.e., so-called “plaques”;
- regulate blood cholesterol levels;
- participate in the formation of vascular tissue cells and, in contrast to saturated fats, form elastic and dense blood vessels.
In the aforementioned studies, it is said that, according to the composition of fatty acids, amaranth seed oil belongs to the linoleic acid group – one of the most demanded by the body. The content of the most biologically active omega-3-linolenic acid, which is deficient in the average person’s food basket, reaches 1%, which is a very high figure.
Tocopherols in amaranth
With tocopherol compounds everything is simpler: these are the most useful elements in the group of substances known as “vitamin E”. In fact, when they talk about the benefits and the need for vitamin E, they mean tocopherols. Their main property is the protection of fats in the body from oxidation. Simply put, 10 tocopherols are responsible for the efficiency and proper processing of healthy fats, and during their deficiency, even with sufficient intake of phospholipids and other essential lipids in the body, the latter will not act as needed.
The amount of tocopherols amaranth oil reaches 1%, which, despite the seemingly small figure, is also quite a lot. They prevent the oxidation of healthy fats in oil, which makes it stable and allows you to store for a relatively long time. But the most important thing is that tocopherols in amaranth oil are contained in the most biologically active form – in the trienol form. Due to this activity, and also due to the fact that vitamin E itself is an antioxidant, “amaranth” tocopherols interfere with reactions with free radicals, normalize lipid metabolism, reduce blood cholesterol levels. Among the best studies on this topic is the work of Paolo di Massio with Stephen Keisser and other “Carotenoids, tocopherols and biologicals as biological singlet molecular oxygen quenchers”.
Other vitamins in amaranth
Among other useful vitamins, amaranth contains well-known vitamin C and slightly less well-known vitamins of group B. You can read about their exact amount in our previous materials, which indicated the content of each of the vitamins in 100 g of various amaranth products – grains, flakes, leaves, etc. etc., and it was also noted how much is a percentage of the daily need of an adult for vitamins.
Vitamin C is known for its ability to support the immune system during its weakening with influenza and similar diseases. This is true: as soon as a sick person begins to consume vitamin C (in its natural form), the number of lymphocytes immediately increases, which the immune system sends to fight the disease to its source. But this is not the only beneficial property of vitamin C.
In amaranth, this vitamin promotes the absorption of dietary protein – both contained in the same plant, and simply consumed simultaneously with the raw leaves of amaranth (the largest source of vitamin C). 13 Further, the substance is involved in the formation of muscle tissue from proteins that are broken down into amino acids. With vitamin C deficiency, many amino acid processes slow down.
B vitamins perform many different functions. So, without vitamin B1 – thiamine – carbohydrate metabolism is disturbed. This leads, firstly, to the fact that carbohydrates begin to be assimilated worse, and secondly, toxic products of carbohydrate metabolism begin to accumulate in the body, among which the most known is lactic acid. After physical exertion it is precisely because of it that the pain in the muscles appears. That is why amaranth is able to help with the squeeze.
Vitamin B2 – riboflavin – is necessary for the liver to work, and more precisely, it activates detoxification processes in it. In other words, with its deficiencies, toxins from the body will be eliminated more slowly, and therefore, they will have time to intervene in certain processes of cellular metabolism and damage the tissues, which we wrote about at the beginning of the article.
Vitamin VZ, also known as niacin, is also required for fast and efficient liver function. In addition, when studying the pharmacological properties of amaranth, it was found that due to the presence of this and other vitamins, this plant can help with various dermatitis.
We already wrote about vitamin B4 – choline – it was already mentioned above: it was he who, joining the “amaranth” unsaturated fats, forms lecithin. Lecithin itself is used as a medicine even separately, although its absorption in this form is worse. It is prescribed for disorders of the nervous system, with a decrease in performance, with memory deterioration and other degradation processes. In the natural organic form of lecithin, these processes slow down significantly. By the way, senile dementia develops in more than half of the cases is trivial due to the lack of such a phospholipid as lecithin.
Vitamin B5 is necessary for stable metabolism in almost all tissues. And vitamin B9, also known as folic acid, is one of the main substances that support the work of the immune system. In addition, folic acid is required for the synthesis of hormones. In its absence, there are, respectively, immune disorders, as well as diseases associated with hormonal imbalances, including diseases of the reproductive system and complications during pregnancy. No wonder many researchers, in particular Vitali Zaremba, noted the benefit of amaranth for pregnant women.
Treatment without drugs
Medications that we used to call “chemistry” usually contain some potent substance that is embedded in the processes in the body and either slows them down, or accelerates, or produces another required for stopping the destructive process – the disease – effect.
It is no secret that many drugs have side effects. These side effects are due to the fact that the 3-strong substance is embedded not only in the processes where its intervention is necessary, but in all the processes into which it can integrate. Here the same scheme is triggered, according to which the organism “distributes” the substance taken in with food to all organs that can be “interested” in it, that is, the metabolism in which the substance is able to interfere.
Some organs do not need this substance at all, and if they are healthy, they will be able to repel it. If they are not completely healthy, and there are many potent substances (and there are usually many of them, if we treat a serious illness), then the organs will succumb and the substance will slowly begin to destroy them. This is not very scary if you take the drug for a short time: at the end of the course, the damaged tissues will be updated over time. And if you take the drug for years, the processes of destruction will most likely be irreversible. Again, the liver suffers, where all the toxic “waste” of medical preparations is collected. But other organs that are capable of “taking” the drug may also suffer – the kidneys, the stomach, etc.
Amaranth behaves in the human body in the same way: all the substances contained in it are embedded in the processes in which they can integrate. With one exception: there are no substances in it that could have a destructive effect on a particular organ. Of course, a potent substance, like, say, in 14 strong antibiotics, does not exist in it either, so amaranth, unlike an antibiotic, cannot eliminate a bacterial disease in the acute stage. But if the disease is sluggish and even more so if it is not there at all, but there are only prerequisites for it, amaranth will help – and will help everywhere, interfering with precisely those processes where the substances listed above are especially needed.
Ideally, plants with the same amount of nutrients as in amaranth (there are, unfortunately, few, but they are) should form the basis of the diet of any person, and not just the basis of the therapeutic diet of those who observe not very good signs … The fashion for healthy eating is gaining momentum, but before that in our countries, the majority of the population is far away. But the facts remain the facts: the use of healthy food eliminates the need to use drugs with a strong effect (not always only positive), and people who make sure that the body receives all the substances that make up, and not only 1/6 of them, live longer, suffer less and think more clearly.
Remember that your body needs, and be healthy – with amaranth!