Nutritional Value

Grain Nutritive Composition (per 100 g of raw edible portion)

table_21Notable nutritional attributes of amaranth grain include-

  • The protein, which is of an unusually high quality (15-18%). When amaranth is used in combination with wheat, corn or brown rice it result in a complete protein.
  • A ¼ cup of amaranth grain supplies 60% of  the Recommended
  • Dietary Allowance of iron.
  • Amaranth grain is particularly high in lysine and methionine, amino acids that most grains lack.
  • Amaranth grain is free of gluten, which is important for people with gluten allergies.
  • It contains 6-10% oil which is unsaturated and high in linoleic acid
  • It is easily digested and it promotes cardiovascular health hence reducing blood pressure and lowers cholesterol.
  • Amaranth has been associated with curing, prevention and management of many diseases.
  • Cure – Kwashiokor, Marasmus, nausea, dizziness, Migraines, scurvey.
  • Prevention – Cancer of the stomach, gullet, breast, lungs and colon, improves the quality of male sperms, prevents aging, weak muscles, paralysis and emotional instabilities
  • Management – Gout, reduction of TB and diabetes, helps in secretion of milk, manages HIV /AIDS, bronchitis, assists in wound healing