Nutrition is the basis of any person’s life. It is with food that we get all the substances necessary for life. However, this is not always the case: in our usual menus there is usually a shortage of certain products containing components needed to maintain basic functions. These substances include macro-and micronutrients, as well as a number of physiologically active compounds. The solution to these problems was one of the most promising developments of modern medicine – oil therapy using vegetable oils, and in particular amaranth oil. The new direction of nutrition provides an opportunity to radically improve the state of health. However, all new causes a large number of questions. In this article we will answer the most common ones.
What is oil therapy?
The direction is based on the results of modern medical research on the interrelationship and interdependence between human health and the range / properties of vegetable oils it consumes. Nature has provided plant seeds with unique capabilities, laying in them a significant biological potential and energy. The characteristics of these products are preserved in oils obtained from seeds using a pressing technique. It is these “living” ingredients that enrich the human diet with physiologically active components.
No wonder it says that everything new is almost always “well forgotten old”. For malotherapy this statement applies completely. For many centuries, vegetable oils were constantly present in the diet of our ancestors, which were made by cold pressing:
- camelina and others.
In recent decades, the rejection of such diversity and the transition to the use of refined products have led to significant changes in human lipid metabolism, susceptibility to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular pathologies, diabetes and many other diseases. Oil therapy is a return to the centuries-old traditions of culinary art, which used a huge amount of natural vegetable oils for food and therapeutic and prophylactic purposes.
What are the benefits of natural vegetable oils?
Back in the early 70s of the 20th century, the world was struck by the results of research conducted among the Eskimos of Greenland. As it turned out, the representatives of this nationality did not know at all about the existence of cardiovascular diseases! This was made possible by the constant consumption of meat of marine animals, which contains polyunsaturated fatty acids (OMEGA-3 and OMEGA-6) in large quantities. These substances are an indispensable building material for all cells of the human body, because they are present in the cell membranes, nervous tissue and brain. Under our conditions, eating meat from marine animals is at least problematic. However, nature has provided for us biologically valuable sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids – it is oilseed plants. And amaranth has become one of the unique cultures.
In accordance with the results of research, the systematic lack of vegetable fat in the human diet leads to inhibition of the central nervous system and reproductive organs, the appearance and development of atherosclerosis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, allergic and other diseases, while increasing the risk of tumors and blood clots, and also reducing immunity. All of these factors ultimately lead to a shortening of a person’s life.
Therefore, to maintain good health, it is very important for us to formulate a diet in such a way that it contains unrefined oils rich in the full complex of polyunsaturated fatty acids – and amaranth oil is one of the most valuable products for these purposes.
Amaranth in the Mediterranean diet
Like the natives of harsh Greenland, the inhabitants of the Mediterranean, which is characterized by particularly mild climatic conditions, are also less susceptible to cardiovascular pathologies. Doctors explain this fact with the advantages of the traditional for the peoples of the region cuisine, which is based on natural cold pressed oils – olive, sunflower and … amaranth. In addition to the required amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, these products contain a special component – squalene, which is one of the most important organic compounds.
In the human body, squalene is responsible for the regulation of fat and steroid metabolism, being a precursor to:
- wide range of hormones
- micro and macronutrients.
At the same time, it protects cells from the aggressive effects of free radicals, which provoke oxidation chain reactions and lead to mass cell death, simultaneously performing protective and redox regulatory functions.
Even a relatively small amount of squalene in olive oil (up to 0.7%) has a positive effect on the health of the inhabitants of the region. Until recently, this product was considered a record holder in the content of squalene among plant food substances. However, the appearance of amaranth oil led to the fact that he was the first to get the palm. This is due to the fact that squalene in it is ten times more – 8%. Substance, which was previously considered one of the most scarce and expensive, has become available for everyone!
Amaranth oil therapy and free radicals
We are not only what we eat, but also what we drink and what we breathe. Ecological trends demonstrate constant pollution of the soil, water and air. Only automobile exhausts emit up to 300 compounds that are critically dangerous to our health. Among them is a huge number of particles whose molecules are deprived of one or two electrons – once in the human body, they become real destroyers. These chemical components are extremely aggressive because they react with oxygen or other substances encountered on the way. They search for the missing electrons in normal particles, destroying healthy cells in the body and triggering avalanche-like oxidative chain reactions.
Free radicals lead to the destruction of proteins and enzymes, as well as cell membranes. More than 50 known diseases, including malignant neoplasms, arterial hypertension, strokes, and cardiovascular pathologies, are associated with the negative effect of CP. Only antioxidants can effectively resist free radicals – they are able to neutralize free radicals, paralyzing their activities and protecting the most important biological systems of the body. The presence of a huge amount of physiologically active components (primarily polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E) provides high antioxidant properties of amaranth oil (applies to products obtained by cold pressing). And the most powerful defender of the body against free radicals is squalene.
The benefits of oil therapy during pregnancy
The foundations of human health are laid in the womb. Oil therapy, based on the use of amaranth products, will provide an uninterrupted supply of the child’s body with vital elements and biologically active compounds, which are usually not enough in ordinary foods. Amaranth oil, rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, contributes to the proper formation of the child’s brain and the normal course of labor. It is useful for both pregnant and lactating mothers, since the fatty acids that make up it are similar to the fats from breast milk. The oil is excellent for use in baby food, because it contains lecithin and choline – the components responsible for the proper formation of the nervous system and organs of the visual apparatus. Belkovaya-dieta-pri-beremennosti
Every second hundreds of thousands of new cells form in the body of a developing child. Brain volume is growing, the nervous system is forming, bone and muscle tissue are growing. In the absence of any building component, the program will start to falter. The use of amaranth oil in pregnant women will effectively cope with this process.
Refined or unrefined amaranth oil: the difference and effect on the body
Refining (multistage purification of oil) is a necessary measure, which is used because of contamination, heterogeneity and poor condition of a part of the raw materials entering processing.
In the cleaning process, along with harmful impurities, physiologically and biologically active compounds are actively removed from the oil:
- significant portion of vitamin E.
Refined products fully comply with all established requirements, but there are practically no biologically useful substances left in them. According to nutritionists, our diet should contain at least 5-6 different oils, including amaranth.
How much oil should be consumed?
Experts recommend to consume unrefined vegetable oil in the amount of 20 ml (2 teaspoons). It has a rich biological composition, which will provide the necessary balance and diversity in the menu of essential fatty acids, as well as physiologically active compounds – vitamins, squalene, sesamol, phospholipids, phytosterols and others.
The seeds or nuts themselves can act as sources of these components, but in this case it is necessary to follow a simple rule: 20 ml per day in terms of butter. For example, if pumpkin seeds contain an average of 40% fatty acids, the use of the product is possible in an amount of up to 50 g, in walnuts the oil content varies from 50 to 80%, respectively, the consumption rate is 3 nuts per day. In this case, only those nuts that are extracted from the shell immediately before consumption are useful.
How to check and store the product?
maslo-amaranta Unlike products obtained by hot pressing or extraction, the quality of cold pressed oil can be determined by taste and smell. It should be pleasant to the taste and not have a bitter smell.
The ability of polyunsaturated fatty acids, stored in oil, to neutralize free radicals in the human body, is maintained only if the product has the correct composition. Conversely, if it is stored in an ordinary consumer container (where the volume of oxygen increases as the volume decreases), the oil itself can cause the occurrence of free radicals that are detrimental to human health. The smaller the packing volume, the better for the safety of the product, since the oxygen that is contained in the air causes the greatest harm to the oil. Therefore, it is necessary to store amaranth oil only in tightly sealed containers in a refrigerator or other cool place without access to direct sunlight.