Amarant steadily walks around the world. He is gaining more and more fans. And more and more scientists are exploring the effects of amaranth on the human body in order to understand how effective the plant will be in treating certain diseases.
Today we will talk about the achievements of Mexican scientists in this direction. By the way, it is very symbolic that Mexicans today are paying attention to this plant. After all, amaranth was actively used in the culture of the ancient Aztec, Inca and Maya. However, the Spanish conquistadors destroyed the crops of the plants in order to implant Catholicism – they believed that this was the way to defeat the faith of the Indians, who used amaranth not only in food, but also during religious ceremonies.
Treatment of hypertension with amaranth: what did Mexican scientists find out?
On May 7, 2017, the Mexican online edition of La Jornada published a news story that described the research on amaranth research on a rammer. In particular, how effective is the use of the plant in the treatment of hypertension and heart failure, diseases that are attacking more and more people in different parts of the world.
Researches were carried out by scientists of the University of Tustepeque, which is located in the Mexican region of Papaloapan, Oaxaca.
University leading specialist Dr. Maria de Jesus Garcia Gomez, in an interview with the Mexican edition, noted that amaranth contains a high amount of peptides, amino acids, which have enhanced biological activity and antioxidant properties.
The idea of the research project is to obtain valuable biologically active peptides from amaranth, which will have a positive effect on the human body.
In an interview with the National Science and Technology Council Information Agency, Garcia Gomez said that his group had already studied some of the features of these peptides, including inhibition of the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which will help in the fight against diseases such as hypertension and heart failure.
How are the studies?
In research activities, scientists used a variety of products derived from amaranth. In particular, dry feed, grains, which are crushed to a state of flour. From which proteins were extracted.
“Subsequently, an enzymatic hydrolysis process is used, in which proteins are mixed with specific proteolytic enzymes to cleave peptide bonds to produce a hydrolyzate. And then it fractionates into different molecular weights, ”explains Dr. Garcia Gomez.
According to the researchers, this is only one of the stages of their work. The next step is to study how peptides can be used in the manufacture of various food additives. Amaranth and arterial hypertension
It is clear that research work is still ongoing and will require a relatively long time to obtain specific results, allowing you to understand how effective amaranth can be in the treatment of hypertension and heart failure.
This news, which came to us from Mexico, once again confirms how unique the plant with such a beautiful name is amaranth.
Its incredible properties, positive characteristics evaluated by researchers from many regions of the planet.
Therefore, it can be said with confidence that the time will soon come when amaranth will be widely used in the food industry, the cosmetic field and in medicine in the treatment of various diseases.