Amaranth belongs to those plants that are able to saturate our body with vitamins throughout the year. All parts of the plant are beneficial to health, but in the summer leaves are most often used. On their basis not only salads are prepared, but also various drinks that quench thirst and strengthen health. However, among the ingredients, in addition to leaves, one can see meal and other products from amaranth. The composition of each drink is selected so that the body receives as much nutrients as possible. This helps to strengthen the immune system and create a reserve for better resistance to disease.
Analyzing a set of vitamins
Amaranth contains vitamins of ten names. Primarily, this is Group B. Thus, vitamin B3 or PP is also known as nicotinic acid. This vitamin is involved in the metabolism of fats, proteins, amino acids, improves tissue respiration, biosynthesis processes, and also reduces the concentration of cholesterol, promotes the expansion of small blood vessels (including the brain). Vitamin B9 or folic acid plays an important role in regulating the functioning of the blood-forming organs, the intestines and the liver, and also supports the immune system. In addition, folic acid promotes a healthy pregnancy, regulates the formation of embryonic nerve cells. However, during the heat treatment of foods containing folic acid, up to 90% of this vitamin is destroyed. Other representatives of group B are equally important.
The composition of amaranth contains vitamin C, without which the normal functioning of the connective and bone tissue is impossible. This substance is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C is involved in immunomodulation, as well as in the formation of collagen, the synthesis of corticosteroids.
Vitamin K contributes to the formation and restoration of bones, provides for the synthesis of osteocalcin – bone tissue protein, on which calcium crystallizes. This substance helps the body to recover from prolonged exposure to antibiotics and chemotherapy, hepatitis and other diseases. Vitamin K is necessary for normal blood clotting and preventing bleeding, and a sufficient amount in the body helps prevent neonatal death from bleeding.
Vitamin A, contained in amaranth, is needed by the body for normal metabolism, healthy functioning of cellular and subcellular membranes, for the growth of new cells. It plays an important role in the formation of bones and teeth, has a beneficial effect on vision, condition of the mucous membranes and fat metabolism, as well as neutralizes the effect of infection, improves immunity and slows down aging.
Amaranth also contains other beneficial substances. Squalene is particularly notable among them, which is present here in such quantity as nowhere else. It is this organic compound that helps to saturate tissues with oxygen, lowers cholesterol and improves blood quality. Therefore, it is not surprising that vitamins and other beneficial substances contained in amaranth help in the fight against various diseases. Among them:
• heart attack;
• coronary heart disease;
• brain disorder;
• diseases of the joints and spine.
Amaranth also has a strong antitumor, nourishing, regenerating, regenerating, rejuvenating, antioxidant effect. The same qualities are different products from this plant and dishes or drinks prepared with its use.
Use vitamins in full
Feel the effect of nutrients contained in amaranth, you can enter in your diet drinks superfoods. This name they received because of the high concentration of nutrients. These drinks contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals that can mitigate the effects of stress and overwork, protect the body from diseases. In addition, superfoods promote a healthy lifestyle and slow down the aging process. They are recommended to use for perfect skin, healthy and thick hair, beautiful body and strong immunity.
Apple superfood juice with amaranth flour
What is important is that amaranth flour is used here. It is rich in amino acids such as methionine and lysine, and the second of these amino acids is very rare in products of plant origin. This product also has a high protein content, the concentration of which here is almost 17% dry weight. The amaranth flour is also leading in other components: it contains 2 times more calcium than cow’s milk, 5 times more iron than wheat flour, and 3 times more fiber.
Vitamins and nutrients contained in amaranth flour are supplemented in the drink with a large amount of iron, various sugars, and pectin, which are found in apple juice. As a result, we get a drink that cleans, nourishes and rejuvenates the body. Ingredients are necessary for its preparation:
• apples – 1 kg;
• amaranth flour at the rate of 2 tablespoons per 1 cup of juice.
First you need to use a juicer to prepare 1 liter of apple juice. After that, pour the amaranth flour into the juice and mix.
Superfood cocktail with amaranth leaves and chia seeds
In restaurants, this cocktail is presented as a miracle drink, prolonging youth and life. Such a reputation has developed mainly due to amaranth and chia seeds containing a large amount of omega-3. Therefore, the drink does have the ability to protect the body from cardiovascular diseases.
For its preparation will require:
• chia seeds – 1 tablespoon;
• amaranth leaves – 1 bunch;
• dates – 4 pieces;
First you need to soak the chia seeds overnight in 100 ml of water. In the morning, all the ingredients are sent to the blender, add a small amount of water, grind and mix. This superfood is like replacing breakfast. You can also drink it 30-40 minutes before the main breakfast.
Refreshing health drinks
In drinks you can combine a variety of foods with amaranth, getting unusual taste and great health benefits. So, in the summer it is good to make an amaranth-cucumber cocktail. Need to take:
• 50 ml of amaranth juice;
• 200 ml of cucumber juice;
• 2 teaspoons of honey and lemon juice.
The ingredients are mixed, cooled, and then whipped with a mixer. Ready cocktail is poured into glasses and served on the table.
Many people like the Amaranth cocktail. For its preparation will require:
• 250 ml of tomato juice;
• 100-120 ml of amaranth juice;
• 1/2 tsp lemon and cranberry juice;
• 1/2 teaspoon grated onions;
• crushed garlic clove;
• salt and ground black pepper.
All ingredients are mixed in a blender, and then carefully poured into prepared tall glasses or wine glasses (wipe their edges with lemon and quickly dipped into caster sugar).
The amaranth-garlic drink, which is more suitable as a therapeutic and prophylactic agent, is distinguished by a certain sharpness. It is prepared on the basis of such ingredients:
• 50 ml of amaranth juice;
• 26 pounded garlic cloves;
• juice of three lemons.
Ingredients pour boiled cold water (1 l) and let it brew for 2-3 days. The resulting drink is recommended to use 1 glass 2 times a day.
You can also prepare a healthy and invigorating sharp amaranth drink. This will require:
• 0.9 liters of tomato juice;
• 0.1 l of amaranth juice;
• 2 teaspoons adjika;
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley;
• 3 cloves of garlic.
First, mix two types of juice, and then add to them adjika, mashed garlic and finely chopped parsley.
Separately, you can make a drink for men. It will require:
• 4-5 large ripe tomatoes;
• 250 ml of bread kvass or fermented milk drink;
• 7-8 leaves of amaranth;
• 1/4 dessert spoon of black ground pepper.
We release the tomatoes from the skin and rub through a sieve. Fill them with kvass or dairy products (airan, for example), add chopped amaranth leaves and black ground pepper. Beat the resulting mass until smooth. The drink is ready to eat.