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map of Central America, source of Amaranth

What is Amaranth?

The ancient pseudo-grain Amaranth has a long history of significance in the Americas and beyond. First cultivated in pre-Columbian Latin America thousands of years ago, it was originally used as adornment in pagan rituals before becoming a nourishing staple of the natives’ diets. Today, three species of Amaranthus – two from Mexico and Central America and one from western South America – are increasingly being cultivated for the powerful nutrition found in their seeds and leaves.

Benefits of Amaranth

Among its benefits are a very high concentration of protein and fiber. In fact, Amaranth is a complete protein that provides all nine essential amino acids, with particularly elevated amount of lysine. The nutritional profile is rounded out by a wealth of vitamins and minerals including riboflavin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, vitamin B6, and folate. This comprehensive array of nutrients translates into powerful healing properties:, as amaranth has been shown to be an effective weight loss tool and also to help reduce the negative effects of heart disease, cholesterol and hypertension.

  • Promote weight loss
  • Reduce the negative effects of heart disease
  • Reduce the negative effects of cholesterol
  • Reduce the negative effects of hypertension

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