Amaranth seeds are pseudocereals. Pseudocereals are seeds which are eaten as grain.
Amaranth seeds consumption although not common, hosts various health benefits. Some are mentioned below.
LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
Amaranth has more magnesium than it true grain counterparts. 100g of amaranth seeds are loaded with 68% of daily magnesium value. Magnesium acts as a vasodilator and relaxes blood vessels, allowing more space for the blood to flow, thus lowering bloodpressure.
BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM
Vitamin C presence in grains is deemed rather unusual. Amaranth on the other hand has Vitamin C in quantities which can promote the production of white blood cells, preventing you from infections and viruses.
Being an exceptional source of iron is what separates amaranth from other grains. 100g of amaranth provides you with 42% of daily iron requirement.
Iron is an essential part of the hemoglobin and is involved in transport of oxygen to the tissues of the body.
Deficiency of iron can lead to anemia, characterized by fatigue, irritability and shortness of breath.
Amaranth is provides an ample source of fiber. Fiber acts as a bulking agent to the food inducing stomach stretch receptors send signals of being full to the brain, ultimately improving satiety.
This lowers your calorie intake and helps in weightloss.
Studies have shown that diets rich in fiber, prevent the risk of colon cancer.
Amaranth is loaded with fiber,with just 100g providing 28% of daily value.
Fiber stimulates intestinal peristalsis, speeding the passage of waste through the intestines and reducing the amount of time toxins get exposure to the colon mucosa. The faster the body eliminates the waste, the less chances of developing colon cancer.