Amaranth (in a simple way "schiritsa") - a plant in our culture is new, although it is known for its healing properties since the times of the King of Peas. Amaranth attracted the attention of biologists and nutritionists as an "ideal" product.
The miracle plant was used as one of the "subsidiary" for sacrifices. The Indians considered him "unfading" and so frightened the Spanish conquistadors with them that they decided to destroy the plant, hoping to save the Indians themselves from the custom of sacrifice.
Most of us know about the healing properties of amaranth. But how to use them, we will tell in the article.
The chemical composition of amaranth
Amaranth – protein-rich plant and quite high in calories - 371 kcal / 200 g That is why amaranth oil is one of the most popular and saturated with various beneficial substances:
- Vitamin PP - 0.66 mg.
- Vitamin B9 - 85 micrograms.
- Vitamin B6 - 0.19 mg.
- Vitamin B5 - 0.06 mg
- Vitamin B1 - 0.03 mg
- Vitamin B2 - 0.16 mg
- Vitamin A - 146 mcg
- Vitamin C - 43.3 mg
- Vitamin K - 1140 mcg
- Selenium - 0.9 mcg
- Iron - 2.32 mg
- Copper -0.16 mg
- Zinc - 0.9 mg
- Manganese - 0.89 mg
- Magnesium - 55 mg
- Iron - 2.32 mg
- Phosphorus - 50 mg
- Potassium - 611 mg
- Sodium - 20 mg
- Phosphorus - 50 mg
Amaranth is popular due to the fact that it consists of only natural and natural substances. It is used in all spheres of human life - from food to expensive cosmetics.
Useful properties of amaranth seeds
Shchiritsy seeds – real pantry of protein and vegetable fats. From the seeds make flour, which can be used for the preparation of any bakery products.
Seeds of varieties such as "kizlyarets"and"ultra". They are not only the largest, but also contain a large amount of squalene - a substance that nourishes the body with air and is a powerful immunoprotector.
Amaranth seeds are appreciated due to the fact that they do not contain gluten in their composition, which is very important for people leading a healthy lifestyle. Amaranth is used to treat various diseases, as well as in cosmetology and animal husbandry.
What is useful amaranth foliage for a person?
Amaranth leaves contain a large amount of lysine and carotene, and the level of protein in it is completely off scale. Amaranth leaf is similar to spinach in its composition, but surpasses it.
Very often in Japan, the nutritional value of amaranth leaves is compared to squid meat. Scientists mention that amaranth can be used as a means to improve immunity, because the leaves contain a large amount of vitamin C and carotene. They remove toxins and toxins from the body.
It is better to use young leaves before the plant blooms, because the old foliage is tougher and contains less nutrients. Amaranth leaves can be used both raw and cooked, they are added to the preservation, which helps to keep the vegetables in the jar crispy.
In cooking, amaranth has been used since the time of the Aztecs - these sensible people began to cook porridge from amaranth seeds, and all sorts of salads from foliage. Now there is a large number of variations of these "primitive" recipes.
In cooking, seeds are used as flour for making various klyar and breading. Very popular amaranth leaf sauces or simply stewed leaveskilled in mousses or mashed potatoes.
The leaves are used for brewing tea, stewed fruit, and often added to juices. Amaranth is used even for chops! Recipe very simple - only we take vegetables instead of meat. Roasted amaranth seeds, mashed potatoes and peas, carrots and two eggs. Cutlets cut as usual and fry on both sides.
Amaranth is very praised by those who used it for cooking "useful energy"– very ripe tomatoes grated through a sieve should be mixed with bread kvass, add a little amaranth leaves and a spoon of black ground pepper - a cheerfulness charge is provided for the whole day.
Beneficial features amaranth oil Not only cooks, physicians and traditional healers, but also cosmetologists have already noticed for a long time. Amaranth oil contains a large amount of squalene, which not only prevents the appearance of cancer cells, but also maintains an optimal level of skin hydration, slows down the aging process and enriches the skin with oxygen.
Amaranth oil to some extent disinfects the skin and has an antibacterial effect. In the use of oil schiritsy very simple: they can wipe the skin ( in particular, for herpes, various minor injuries and 1 degree burns).
Also amaranth oil can be made a “key figure” for a home-made cream by mixing it with glycerin and other aroma oils, or prepare a mask, for example, with oatmeal and butter: oatmeal has a peeling effect, and the oil will moisturize the skin.
You can also add it to the ready-made cosmetics. For example, first apply the oil, and then on top - cosmetics.
So, amaranth oil is suitable for almost any woman with any skin type, but it should be used wisely.
In animal husbandry
Amaranth is successfully used as a feed crop in animal husbandry. This type of food - the perfect balance in the ratio of protein and carbohydrate components. The productivity of amaranth is much higher than that of the traditional fodder crop - maize. On 1 ha comes out about half a ton.
Green massused for making haylage and silage. Amaranth is popular not only because of the high protein content, but also because of the huge amount of carotene, riboflavin, folic acid, betaine, lysine and B vitamins, which increase appetite and, as a result, accelerate the growth of animals.
Amaranthdue to its rich composition it reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels and removes toxins from the body. The use of amaranth speeds up the metabolism and improves immunity. Useful for the cardiovascular system and various diseases of the genitourinary system.
Amaranth oil for colds can be used in cooked food, which will help moisturize the throat, and in the form of a rinse, dropping a few drops in warm water.
Good for colds will help amaranth leaves added to tea - it will strengthen the body in general and saturate it with vitamin C.
Very useful amaranth fresh juice, which is made from young leaves and gargle in the ratio of 1: 5.
Treatment of the genitourinary system
When treating the urogenital system, amaranth is one of the key components. It is used mostly externally for the healing of small wounds. Amaranth can be used for cervical erosion, inflammation of the ovaries and appendages, myoma, colpitis and many other diseases.
Amaranth is effective in the fight against male diseases: vitamin E contained in this plant helps in the fight against infertility, improves or restores erectile function. Amaranth will be a very good helper in the fight against inflammatory diseases of the prostate gland, as well as inflammation of the prostate in men.
Amaranth contains a large amount of antioxidants that fight carcinogens, which are the primary cause of the formation of cancer cells in the body. Amaranth not only fights cancer cells, but also helps the body recover from chemotherapy, strengthening the general condition of the body.
To combat cancer cells, you can use the extract of amaranth foliage (200 g leaves 1.5 liters of water) or eat amaranth as salads, porridge, sauces or side dishes.
Treatment of diseases of the kidneys and liver
Amaranth removes all toxins and toxins from the body, and some even argue that regular food intake, of which this plant will be a component, will lead to getting rid of kidney stones.
Important in the treatment of liver diseases is the fact that amaranth is a building substance for our cells, because it is rich in squalene, which nourishes the body's cells with oxygen and helps them recover faster.
Regular consumption of any kind of amaranth in food will be a good “ally” in the fight against kidney and liver diseases.
Use of amaranth oil
Amaranth oil can be useful for various dermatological diseases (they can wipe eczema, acne and various redness):
- in diseases of the cardiovascular system (normalizes blood pressure, reduces the risk of thrombosis and dilates blood vessels),
- with anemia (amaranth proteins accelerate the synthesis of proteins in the body),
- with ophthalmic diseases (carotene and vitamin E help improve vision),
- diseases of the nervous system (amaranth optimizes the quality of transmission of nerve impulses to the cerebral cortex).
There is practically no sphere where amaranth would not be useful, and given the pleasant smell of this oil and the finest nutty taste, it is impossible not to love it.
Amaranth storage and storage
The leaves and stems of this plant are harvested before flowering, so that they do not become rigid. They are dried by hanging them to something horizontal in a well-ventilated room, and then they are packaged in bundles.
Seeds need to collect later than the stem part, but you need to have time to collect them before they get enough sleep. Dried amaranth is already clean and cut into pieces.
Amaranth dried stored in sealed bags, and the seeds can be stored in a kitchen jar. The main thing in a dark and not very warm place, so as not to damp. By the way, amaranth seeds can be dried in the oven at a temperature of 150 degrees for eight minutes.
Amaranth is also stored frozen in dense packages, but it is not recommended to keep the plant in this form for longer than six months. And if you want pickles from amaranth, then there is also nothing complicated: the plants are cut, blanched and laid out on the bottom of the jar, the top is poured marinade:
- 1 liter of water
- 1/4 liter of 9% vinegar
- 40 grams of salt
- 50 grams of sugar
The leaves retain their juiciness and useful properties.
Contraindications to the use
It would seem that such an ideal plant as amaranth is rich only in healing properties and has no contraindications. But the use of foliage / stem and amaranth oil has its own contraindications.
Amaranth should not be consumedwith severe diseases of the stomach and intestines, with urolithiasis, as well as if you have an individual rejection of this plant. If you have cholecystitis or pancreatitis, it is better to consult with a specialist.
Health is important, and if amaranth is needed for its preservation, then why not!
The above plant also has another name - schiritsa. From the Latin word "amaranth" is translated as "never fading." This culture has received its name due to its long flowering cycle, which can last more than two months.
Amaranth differs from other plants by the following features:
- the fruits are presented in the form of a rounded box, which contains about 2 thousand seeds inside,
- has a rather large, spike inflorescence,
- bright red flowers
- bushes are able to reach a height of up to two meters,
- can be presented as an annual or perennial plant.
Today, more than fifteen species of this culture are known, which grow mainly in the Caucasus.
Amaranth is a medicinal herb that is unpretentious, does not require special care and specific growth conditions. It tolerates drought well and practically does not give in to frosts. This plant boasts enormous fertility: from one bush you can collect up to 10 harvests per year.
Healing amaranth has been cultivated for more than 8 thousand years. The photographs depicting this plant look very impressive, so it is most often used. as an ornamental plant. Having studied the culture of the Aztecs and the Mayan tribe, the experts came to interesting conclusions: it turns out that these people constantly used amaranth both in medicine and in the process of cooking.
The above plant was first imported to Russia at the end of the 15th century. At first it was considered a weed and did not receive much attention. What can we say about the use of the healing properties of amaranth and its preparation for culinary purposes.
This grassland spread throughout the country thanks to scientists from the botanical gardens of the Kazan and Voronezh State Universities. For several years, these specialists have carefully studied this amazing herb, held seminars and conferences that were devoted to the use of amaranth in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
Chemical composition of the plant
This cereal plant has a very beneficial composition.. It includes:
- vitamin acetate tocopherol,
- pantothenic acid
- B vitamins,
- bile acids,
In alternative medicine, the entire plant is sometimes used as a whole, just like amaranth herb. Any of its parts has healing parts: the stem, seeds, leaves.
For example, The seeds of this culture are characterized by their healing composition:
- trace elements: magnesium, calcium, phosphorus,
- B, E, and D vitamins, as well as rutin,
- saturated fats
- 16% protein
- antioxidant squalene.
Use of amaranth
The use of amaranth occurs in many areas. An interesting fact is that it was used as a fuel for a fire and for cooking even in the times of the Mayan and Aztec tribes. Plant in our time intensively applied in the following areas:
- Cookery - from it you can cook the second and first courses and even drinks. In addition, dried seeds often enrich bakery products or add them to baby food.
- As an element of decor, the grass is often planted in gardens and at summer cottages, as it looks quite interesting in combination with other garden flowers.
- Perfumery - amaranth oils are indispensable in the production of perfumes.
- As pet food. Experts recommend introducing amaranth in the composition of pet food, then they will grow and develop almost twice as fast.
It is also worth noting that the herb is widely used for the production of medicinal products in the pharmaceutical industry. Do not forget amaranth and alternative medicine: prescriptions for various lotions and tinctures from amaranth are recommended by many healers for the treatment of various diseases.
The plant has a number of useful properties:
- purifies the human body from toxins, slags and other diseases,
- eliminates hormonal imbalance
- strengthens the immune system
- contributes to the speedy recovery of the body after the recently undergone chemotherapy,
- Due to the high content of squalene in its composition, amaranth is considered to be quite a powerful tool against most malignant tumors.
In addition to the above, scientists argue that amaranth is a new substance, it is found in large quantities in this healing herb. The main medicinal properties of amarantin are that the substance contributes to the acceleration of working processes in the human body.
And also do not forget that the plant is also characterized powerful antioxidant properties.
However, this is still not all the advantages that can be attributed to medical amaranth. For example, its seeds contain very valuable oil. This product is extremely useful and has a high price. Amaranth oil, extracted from seeds, is an antitumor, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and immunostimulating agent.
Healing amaranth is extremely useful, thanks to the above product. Medicinal properties of this oil consist in amazing effects on the human body:
- strengthening immunity
- prevention of heart disease, its systems and, of course, cancer,
- rapid weight loss in obesity of the second and third degree,
- improvement of the skin condition, increase of elasticity and elasticity of the skin,
- rejuvenating effect and cell regeneration
- normalization of the human reproductive function,
Another unique feature of this plant is the hemostatic ability. And also, thanks to the routine (vitamin P), it strengthens the capillary walls, makes blood vessels less perceptive, cleans them of high cholesterol content.
Indications for use
Many experts in the field of medicine advises to use products from amaranth when symptoms of the following diseases:
- female diseases (endometriosis, inflammation of appendages, colpitis, ovarian cyst, erosion),
- hormonal imbalance
- nervous system disorders
- problems with the cardiovascular system,
- flu, cold,
- skin diseases (allergies, rashes, diathesis, eczema),
- radiation injuries
- vitamin deficiency, especially with a lack of vitamin P,
Use in traditional medicine
For the treatment of many diseases, healers actively use lotions, infusions and baths on the basis of this medicinal plant. In most cases, for this purpose amaranth is used in its dry form. Medicinal properties of the plantwhich are perfectly disclosed in folk recipes, and not in amaranth medical preparations, contribute to a positive result in traditional therapy already in the first week.
The infusion of amaranth can be prepared as follows: take 15 grams of the dry mixture (seeds, roots, buds, leaves and stems of the plant can be used as raw materials) and pour it with a glass of boiling water, then let it stand in a water bath or on a light fire for about 15 minutes. Since this medicine has a sweet, astringent taste, experts in the field of traditional medicine recommend adding a little lemon juice and a spoonful of honey to such an infusion. Such a tool is often in service with many healers. It is used daily for 50 milliliters for one month. It should be remembered that after you have taken this medicine, it is allowed only after half an hour.
For the treatment of various skin diseases, an amaranth bath is used, which is done as follows: about 350 grams of dry raw materials are steamed with two liters of boiling water. Then we allow this liquid to infuse, after which we collect hot water in the bath, add such a remedy, and proceed to therapeutic procedures. You can take this bath every day for 20 minutes.
To prepare a therapeutic agent of amaranth for the treatment of pain in the liver and gastritis, you need to take: fresh plant juice and milk cream, mix in a 1: 1 ratio. We take a tablespoon of this medicine daily after each meal, but not more than three times a day.
Perfectly relieves stomach pain infusion of fresh herbs. To do this, take a tablespoon of dried leaves, pour in a cup of boiling water, and then infused for 40 minutes. A quarter cup of this infusion is mixed in one dessert spoon of honey and taken 3 times a day before each meal.
For good health, as well as the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, alternative medicine recommends more often to use food that has been enriched in the cooking process by the above-mentioned plant. The Japanese, for example, necessarily include grass in their daily ration, comparing its nutritional value with milk (grains) and squid (greens).
Chinese medicine against aging is also actively using amaranth. The medicinal properties of a plant are best disclosed precisely when it is used in various foods, and not just in medicinal preparations, the Chinese say.
You can, for example, make a very useful porridge from amaranth. For its preparation, the seeds of the plant are taken, poured with three glasses of water, after which the product is boiled for 45 minutes over low heat, while it must be constantly stirred. Optionally, in the finished porridge to improve the taste, you can add nuts, dried fruit, or both.
For the preparation of dessert with nuts from amaranth we will need: seeds in a dry form, honey, butter and any nuts to your taste. Heat the butter and honey over low heat, stirring the mixture constantly, so that it does not burn to the walls of the pan. Add in the process of cooking amaranth seeds and nuts, which can be finely crushed before. As soon as the dish boils, gently remove the pan from the heat, pour the contents into interesting molds and leave to cool in a cool place. After the mixture hardens, cut dessert and serve it to the table.
It should be noted that in eastern countries very often in the process of baking bread, amaranth flour is used. As well as to give the flour product a special taste, you can use the seeds of the plant.
It is possible to collect material for preparation for the winter only in Augustbecause it is at the end of summer that amaranth finishes its flowering period, and its seeds ripen completely. However, nature provides for those varieties that are harvested in winter.
If cultivation occurs on an industrial scale, then harvesters are used to harvest the plants. If several shrubs grow in your home, then hand picking will do.
After harvesting raw materials, the flowers and stalks of amaranth can be frozen, fermented or extinguished.
It is worth noting the fact that the plant in the freezer does not lose its properties and can be stored in such conditions for more than one year.
How does amaranth look and where does it grow
Amaranth or shchiritsa, marigold, cockerel is a herbaceous plant. It is distinguished by a branchy stem about 1 m long. It can be annual and perennial. Leaves oblong pointed shape of green, less red. It blooms purple-red panicles, length from 0.2 m to 0.5 m. At the end of August, seeds with dense peel ripen in small fruit-boxes.
Shchiritsa grows in warm temperate climates. Her homeland is South America. The amaranth family consists of more than 100 plant species dividing into fodder, vegetable, and ornamental. About 20 species are found in Russia. Until the 18th century, amaranth was grown in Europe as an ornamental crop, and later it was evaluated as a feed for livestock and for the production of cereals. Today in the wild it can be found in India and China.
Chemical composition and caloric content of amaranth
The plant amaranth benefits and harms due to the unique combination of nutritional and vitamin-mineral agents. Due to chemical studies, the composition of schiritsa was determined:
- vitamins A (146 µg), C (43.3 mg), B1 (0.03 mg), B2 (0.16 mg), B5 (0.06 mg), B6 (0.19 mg), B9 (85 µg), PP (0.66 mg), K (1140 µg),
- trace elements iron (2.32 mg), zinc (0.9 mg), selenium (0.9 mg), manganese (0.89 mg), copper (0.16 mg),
- macronutrients calcium (215 mg), phosphorus (50 mg), magnesium (55 mg), potassium (611 mg), sodium (20 mg),
- amarantine (water soluble antioxidant),
- polyphenols and flavonoids (16%),
- amino acids (15%), including lysine, beneficial to the body in the production of hormones, enzymes, anti-inflammatory antibodies, in the work of the cardiovascular system and tryptophan, affecting metabolic processes,
- protein (21%),
- dietary fiber (34%),
- vegetable oils, including Omega-3 and Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (9%),
- squalene (11%) - stops the reproduction of cancer cells, has a regenerating and immunostimulating property,
- starch (60%),
- lipids (85%),
- beta cyanine pigments.
At the same time both seeds and leaves are useful.
Nutritional value of 100 g of schiritsa:
- proteins - 13.56 g,
- carbohydrates - 68.55 g,
- fats - 7.02 g,
- fiber - 6.7 g,
- ash - 2.88 g,
- Calorie - 371 kcal.
This plant is recommended for daily use by the World Health Organization.
The healing properties of amaranth
In medicine, the beneficial composition of amaranth plants is used for the prevention and treatment of the following diseases and problems:
- cholesterol lowering with phytosterols,
- treatment of hypertension and ischemic heart disease,
- prevention of osteoporosis due to the presence of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus,
- treatment of calcium deficiency,
- normalization of metabolism
- prevention of the development of diseases of the heart and blood vessels,
- reducing harm from the growth of cancer cells,
- treatment of cataracts, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, night blindness,
- brain stimulation is a property of zinc and vitamin B,
- respiratory diseases
- treatment of bleeding gums,
- skin diseases, including eczema.
The use of amaranth for the human body is not limited to the listed list of properties. The balanced content of vitamins and elements in different parts of the plant makes amaranth useful in dietary nutrition. This reduces the harm of mono-diet in sports nutrition, stimulates muscle growth.
What are the benefits of amaranth leaves?
From the leaves of the plant get the juice, which they drink 1 tbsp. l adults and 1 tsp. children - in this amount harm will not be anyone. As a source of natural protein, schirits is useful in baby food. The juice has healing properties and helps patients with tuberculosis, bronchitis, asthma. The leaves are rich in amino acids: threonine, cystine, methionine, phenylalanine, leucine. Constant consumption will enrich the body with useful substances and will have a beneficial effect due to the properties of the plant:
- strengthening immunity
- normalization of hormonal levels,
- protection against fungal infection
- stimulation of the reproductive system,
- anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties,
- stimulation of insulin,
- improvement of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems,
- temperature normalization.
The use of amaranth seeds
Regular consumption of schiritsa seeds is useful for reducing pain and normalizing the menstrual cycle in women. During menopause will help maintain normal hormones. Men benefit from the property of improving potency, as well as in the treatment of prostatitis.
Athletes eat amaranth seeds for:
- accelerating muscle growth during the recovery of the body after increased physical training,
- development of stamina
adjusting the acid and water balance without harming the body.
Useful in the treatment of calcium deficiency and vitamin D. Uncontrolled use can be harmful or cause an allergic reaction. Diabetics value the property of plant seeds to reduce blood glucose levels.
The benefits of amaranth grains are noticeable for the whole body. She calls:
- improved digestion
- removal of toxins and slags,
- support of the liver and adrenal glands,
- beneficial effect on the nervous system
- normalization of pressure.
The benefits of amaranth for pregnant women and children
Schiritsa is useful for pregnant women and babies. The composition of the leaves and seeds of a lot of folic acid. This vitamin is especially useful during the first weeks of pregnancy. Its deficiency damages the formation and development of the brain and spinal cord of a child.
Children daily give 1 tsp. amaranth juice with a drop of honey. This dose contains the daily rate of protein. Acceptance of schiritsa stimulates the growth and development of children, becomes the key to their health.
Is amaranth useful for weight loss
A number of studies have confirmed the use of amaranth in the fight against obesity. As components of different diets use derivatives of anchovy:
- salad dressing oil,
- bran are useful for speeding up metabolism,
- flour for baking does not harm the figure
- Meal or cake is useful as a source of protein,
- shchiritsa tea and flakes.
Amaranth is well combined with other products and complements any dish with a sufficient amount of nutrients, as in any diet the main thing is a balanced diet.
Recipes of traditional medicine with amaranth
The first to appreciate the beneficial properties of grass Indians. Amaranth is valued in folk medicine for its antibacterial, hemostatic and anti-inflammatory properties. Seeds and leaves have a fortifying effect, are able to fully provide the body with all the necessary vitamins, macro-and microelements. Self-treatment with amaranth can be harmful to health. Therefore, you need to consult a doctor.
Amaranth oil - a source of large amounts of vitamins and acids. It has a pronounced anti-inflammatory property and is actively used both in medicine and in cosmetology.
The main component is a vegetable mixture (dried crushed leaves, roots and flowers of amaranth). No less good in fresh, finely chopped roots.
Need to pour 2 tbsp. l mixture (about 15 g) 200 ml boiling water, boil for 10 minutes on low heat. Broth cool and filter. Take half a cup three times a day, half an hour before meals. It has a tonic property. Improve the taste of 1 tsp. honey and ½ tsp lemon juice.
Classic infusion is prepared from 1 tbsp. l crushed amaranth leaf and 1 tbsp. water. It is boiled in a water bath for a minute, then topped up with boiling water to the original volume.
Take chilled 2 sips 30 minutes before meals for 2 weeks for the treatment of gastrointestinal tract. Rinse the gums, using anti-inflammatory properties. Tampons with an infusion of schiritsy ease menstrual syndrome, useful for the prevention of ovarian cysts.
From fresh leaves, a remedy for diseases of the genitourinary system, enuresis. For this 3 tbsp. l finely chopped leaves pour 1 liter of boiling water for 6 hours. Take before bedtime a glass.
Anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties of the plant are used in the treatment of insect bites, burns, bedsores and skin diseases. Take a bath with schichitsy 3 times a week for half an hour. They are harmful to people with exacerbation of pancreatitis, urolithiasis, with cholecystitis.
To prepare in a water bath, boil for 15 minutes 400 g of crushed leaves and stems in 2 liters of water. The mixture is filtered and poured into a full bath.
It does not contain caffeine, so there will be no harm from frequent use. Noticeable benefits as an additional means in the treatment of the body from:
- diabetes mellitus
- painful menstrual syndrome,
- lactation problems
- arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteochondrosis,
- insomnia, nervous system disorders,
- acute and chronic respiratory diseases,
- for weight loss.
To cook healthy tea, you need to pour 1 tbsp. l dry or fresh amaranth leaves and inflorescences and ½ tsp. mint 100 ml hot water (
80 ° C), leave in the closed kettle for 7 minutes. Then add another 100 ml of boiling water and a spoonful of honey for a more pleasant taste.
The benefits and recipe amaranth porridge
Scientists have confirmed the benefit of amaranth cereals when eating porridge for one month. It exhibits anti-inflammatory properties on the liver and gallbladder, normalizes the intestinal microflora and contributes to the removal of toxins, strengthens the immune system. In the product there is no harm from gluten, so porridge can be given even to babies, after consulting with a pediatrician.
It is easy to prepare:
- Groats and water (or milk) are taken in a ratio of 1 to 3.
- Amaranth is added to boiling water.
- Stir the porridge until the seeds settle.
- Close the lid and leave for 40 minutes. Schiritsa when heated will explode. Periodically check the water level, topped up if necessary.
Porridge tender and with a slight nutty flavor. It can be made more useful by pinching cinnamon, dried fruit, nuts or honey.
What are the useful seeds of amaranth?
They produce amaranth sprouts for the whole body. It is a valuable source of energy. At night, there are germinated seeds harmful - there is a high probability of overexcitement and insomnia. Accepted for medicinal purposes regularly or courses of 2 months with a break of 6 months for prevention. Benefit manifests itself in antitumor properties. Substances in sprout shchiritsy harm cancer cells, inhibiting their reproduction.
Germinate seeds in a glass dish on ¾ covered with water in a bright place, without direct sunlight. The benefits of germinated amaranth are noticeable for the organism both from fresh shoots and when stored in the refrigerator.
Benefit of amaranth bran
The skin of the seed contains much more nutrients than the kernel. And of all bran cereals, amaranths are considered the best, since they simultaneously contain a large number of:
- dietary fiber (97%),
- unsaturated fats,
- amino acids
- vitamins of group B, PP and E,
- magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus and sodium.
Their use as a fiber source is irreplaceable. Dietary fibers have the ability to bind and remove toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. Amaranth normalizes metabolic processes, reduces cholesterol levels, removes excess weight. Without harm to the body in a day, you can eat 40-50 g of bran.
Amaranth Meal: Use and Application
The extraction of oil from amaranth seeds gives meal - fine particles. It is used in medicine as an anti-inflammatory, cleansing, anti-sclerotic, firming and anti-cancer agent.
Meal is useful for pregnant and lactating. It will not harm when breastfeeding, is rich in fiber and helps to solve the problem of constipation. Its lactation property is valued.
How to use amaranth in cosmetology
For the beauty of the skin is useful amaranth oil. Two drops without harm are added to skin and hair care products. In this concentration, the plant has the properties:
- rejuvenating and tightening skin
- protective from external irritants,
- hydration and nutrition,
- evens the tone of the face
- strengthens nails and hair.
Mask for the face
Masks are effective skin treatments. From amaranth, you can prepare them with the following properties:
- Moisturizing mask for dry skin. Mix 1 tbsp. l amaranth oil, honey, 1 egg yolk.
- Acne prevention. For 30 minutes, apply on the face means of 2 tbsp. l amaranth oil, 2 tbsp. l orange juice and ½ tsp. lemon juice.
- For flaking of the skin, grease problem areas with a mask of sour cream and butter for 15 minutes in a ratio of 3 to 2.
- For narrowing the pores and deep cleaning. For 15 minutes, a mixture of 1 part of clay and 2 parts of oil is applied to warm skin. After the procedure, wash with warm water.
The simplest lotion is fresh amaranth juice. To preserve the properties of its stored in glass containers in the refrigerator. Infusion lotion is prepared from 1 tbsp. l dry leaf or 2-3 tbsp. l fresh leaves. The plant is poured 250 ml of boiling water and left for 1-1.5 hours. After filtering. It is useful to wipe their face and neck twice a day.
Amaranth for beauty hair
Broth from the leaves of schiritsa by properties refers to air conditioners. To strengthen the hair amaranth is used 1-2 times a week. To prepare the broth, insist 3 tbsp. l dry leaves in 1 liter of boiling water during the day. Before use, dilute with warm water in a ratio of 1 to 1.
Amaranth oil is useful as a remedy for hair loss. A few drops of oil rubbed into the scalp at night for 2-6 months.Before first use, you need to make a test on any part of the skin to make sure that the body is not harmful - allergies.
The harm of amaranth and contraindications
Eat a plant can almost everyone. He will bring harm if there is:
- idiosyncrasy, allergy to any component,
- kidney stones and gallbladder,
Enter in the diet amaranth in small doses. To the treatment of drugs from the plant has benefited and not harm, it is recommended to consult with your doctor.
Botanical description, photo
Amaranth is an annual plant belonging to the family of the same name. There are about 20 species of grass, but most of them are perceived as weeds. Schiritsa grows in a subtropical and tropical climate.
- stem height varies from 15 to 80 cm,
- leaves have another arrangement,
- solid plates, shaped like a rhombus,
- the upper leaves, unlike the lower ones, have scapes,
- small inflorescences without petals have the correct form,
- the fruit is represented by a smooth nut-like formation containing many seeds.
The color of the leaves and stalk of amaranth varies from rich green to purple.
Flowering medicinal plant from June to the beginning of the first frost. Herbs ripen to the end of summer, and the fruiting period continues until October.
Marigold is massively cultivated in personal plots as an ornamental and medicinal plant.
Chemical composition and beneficial properties
The forceps has a high biological value due to its complex chemical composition. In alternative medicine, all terrestrial parts of amaranth are used:
Grass leaves are a natural source of protein. So, they are 15% protein. The aerial part contains other biologically active substances:
- vitamins C and B groups
- polyphenol and others.
The maximum amount of vitamins leaves contain during the formation of buds.
Due to the composition of the leaves have the following useful properties:
- take off the heat
- normalize blood glucose levels
- treat fungal infections,
- restore the functioning of the liver,
- cure cancer.
The gift of nature heals the disease with the proper dosage of funds from it.
Amaranth seeds are also a valuable component of the same name medicinal herb. They contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, E and A.
Due to this composition, they strengthen the immune system, normalize the functioning of the reproductive system, improve the condition of the face and nails.
Inflorescences of schichitsa contain essential oils, ascorbic acid and tannins. This part is used in the treatment of diseases of the organs of excretion.
Folk medications made from velvet flowers are useful for women during lactation, because the components of herbal raw materials promote enhanced production of breast milk.
For therapeutic purposes
Medicines for external and internal use are made from the aboveground part of the healing herb. This infusions, decoctions, alcohol tinctures and oil.
Apply the drug of healing herbs in the treatment of the following ailments:
- diabetes mellitus
- diseases of the excretory system: cystitis, pyelonephritis,
- metabolic disorders,
- dermatitis problems (dermatitis, acne, acne)
- vascular and heart diseases (hypertension, atherosclerosis, etc.).
Medicines from schiritsy strengthen the immune system, which is important for fungal and bacterial infections.
The value of amaranth is that this plant does not contain gluten. Grass seeds make the dishes savory and fragrant. They are added to meat dishes, side dishes and pastries.
Spice greens are a healthy and tasty ingredient for making salads and soups. Greens are also stewed with spices and vegetables.
Decoctions and infusions
2. The billet is kept for about 20 minutes in a water bath.
2. For two weeks before each meal, drink portions of cooked brew.
2. Infusion stand for several hours.
2. In equal parts, the liquid is mixed with a cream of moderate fat.
2. Insist means 30 minutes.
Before you apply the remedies from the useful herb in the alternative therapy of chronic diseases, you need to consult a doctor.
Lotions, masks and creams
Of home remedies are also made at home means to improve the condition of hair and skin.
- Face lotion - squeeze the juice out of fresh schiritsa. This liquid is used twice a day as a lotion, rubbing the skin in the morning and in the evening after washing.
- Mask for normal skin - taken plant meal, pre-soaked with water. The component is mixed with 2 tablespoons of fat sour cream and mix well. The mask is left for 20 minutes and then washed thoroughly.
- Facial Fat Facial - soaked meal is combined in equal parts with oatmeal. The mass is applied in a thin layer on the cleansed face for 15 minutes. After this time, the mask is removed with a damp cloth.
- Mask for dry skin - 2 tablespoons of herb infusion mixed with two drops of amaranth oil and a few tablespoons of fatty homemade sour cream. A uniform layer of the composition is applied to the skin, and after 20 minutes, rinse with cool water.
- Eye Compress - Meal is combined with water so that a thick mass is formed. The resulting tool is applied to the area under the eyes, leaving a compress for 10 minutes. Meal wash off with warm water. For a noticeable effect, the procedure is recommended to be repeated twice a week.
- Dry skin cream - take a teaspoon of lanolin and beeswax. To the components add 2 tablespoons of oil of schiritsa and rose water. The mixture is enriched with two drops of rose oil.
- Normal skin cream - 1 cucumber is ground in puree, after which the pulp is mixed with a teaspoon of previously melted beeswax and a few tablespoons of butter. Ingredients must be thoroughly mixed until the wax has set.
- Rejuvenating - take on a tablespoon of olive, amaranth and peach seed oils. To the mixture of oils you need to add a tablespoon of beeswax. The mixture of components should be melted in a water bath, and then enter the borax powder, taken at the tip of a knife.
Prepared formulations for the face are stored in the refrigerator. Apply cream daily.
Amaranth oil is used externally to heal hair. The tool several times a week is recommended to carefully rub into the scalp. The course of treatment is at least 1 month.
The chemical composition, vitamins and minerals of amaranth
The high level of nutritional value and the therapeutic potential of amaranth were evaluated even in ancient times. The ancient Aztecs called the plant "food of immortality," and the people of India still consider amaranth the king of cereals.
Initially, representatives of the amaranth family were distributed in Mexico, Argentina, China and India. In Europe, the seeds of the plant in the 16th century were brought by the Spaniards, who were actively colonizing the New World land at that time.
But even in the 18th century, when information about the possibilities of agricultural use of the plant was discovered, amaranth continued to grow to decorate the garden, less often - as a grain or fodder crop.
Today amaranth has received deserved recognition - the plant is considered to be a source of biological substances valuable for the body and is used to prepare baby food. Amaranth is used in agriculture, cosmetology, as well as traditional and traditional medicine.
Amaranth oil is one of the most expensive on the market.
The nutritional value of amaranth is due to the presence of a huge number of trace elements, the combination of which doctors consider unique.
The richness of the ground part of the plant - in its composition:
- vitamins - A, C, groups B, E, D,
- trace elements - iron, zinc, selenium, manganese, barium, copper,
- macronutrients - calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and sodium,
- the amarantine substance, from which amarantin alkaloid is obtained - a water-soluble antioxidant,
- polyphenols (up to 16%), including flavonoids - quercetin, rutin, trefolin and glycosides of the flavonoid group - aglycones of kaempferol and isorhamnetin,
- natural amino acids (up to 15%) - cystine, arginine, valine, lysine, nizatidine, tryptophan, leucine, albumin, globulins,
- dietary fiber (up to 34%),
- easily digestible protein (up to 21%),
- trihydroxyflavone afromosine and daidzein,
- vegetable oils containing biologically active components and polyunsaturated fatty acids (up to 9%) Omega-3 and Omega-6 - linoleic, arachidic, behenic, oleic, palmitic, stearic, linolenic,
- triglycerides and lipids (up to 85%),
- starch (up to 60%),
- squalene hydrocarbon (up to 11%) - a unique substance with antioxidant properties, the precursor of steroids and triterpenes,
- beta cyanine pigments.
100 g of amaranth contains 11.29 g of water, 13.56 g of proteins, 7.02 g of fat, 68.55 g of carbohydrates, 6.7 g of fiber, 2.88 g of ash.
In terms of protein content, amaranth seeds are several times higher than wheat and soy.
The benefits of seeds, amaranth leaves
Both the seeds and the leaves of the plant are characterized by a high level of biological value.
From the seeds of amaranth produce flour, bran, starch and oil. While the leaves of the plant are used to prepare various dishes.
Since the seeds and leaves differ in chemical composition, their therapeutic effect occurs in different ways.
Amaranth seeds - a dietary product with valuable health properties:
- promotes the synthesis of vitamin D in the body,
- improves digestion, cleanses the intestines from stagnant food masses, toxins and heavy metals,
- amarantine alkaloid intercepts free radicals, suppresses oxidative processes in lipids of liposome membranes, restores ferrous ions, inhibits the activity of free radical reactions when exposed to adverse environmental factors,
- proteins provide a quick feeling of satiety, preventing overeating,
- participates in liver metabolic processes,
- improves metabolism
- supports the functionality of the adrenal cortex,
- maintains a quality level of blood composition,
- helps the synthesis of hormones
- strengthens the nervous system
- regulates water, electrolyte and acid balance,
- contributes to the normalization of pressure
- prevents the development of calcium deficiency.
Germinated seeds of amaranth are considered to be an effective means to fight cancer.
In addition, amaranth leaves have a large-scale healing effect on the entire body:
- provide the activity of the immune system
- regulate hormonal balance
- improve the functionality of the reproductive system
- have a hepatoprotective effect
- protect against fungal and bacterial damage
- stop pain and inflammation,
- normalize the temperature
- promote insulin production
- strengthen the cardiovascular system
- restore the work of the respiratory organs.
The juice from amaranth leaves is shown to be taken by young children as a source of valuable natural proteins necessary for full development.
World Health Organization amaranth is recommended for daily use.
Amaranth-based products are shown when:
- pathologies of the respiratory system - asthma, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary emphysema, tuberculosis,
- diabetes mellitus
- gastrointestinal tract pathologies - ulcerative lesions of the intestine, colitis, constipation, hemorrhoids, intestinal colic,
- liver disease,
- atherosclerosis, hypertension, coronary heart disease,
- stomatitis and periodontitis,
- inflammatory processes in the organs of the urogenital system,
- metabolic disorders,
- oncological diseases
- psoriasis, neurodermatitis, eczema, infectious skin diseases,
- burns, bedsores,
- susceptibility to allergies,
- dysfunctions of the nervous system.
Along with this, amaranth is recommended for the prevention of osteoporosis, the tendency to which increases over the years.
In addition, amaranth has a tonic effect on the body and is recommended for loss of strength and to support brain activity.
For pregnant women and children
Amaranth not only strengthens women's health, helping to fight various diseases and preventing ovarian cancer. The use of plants during pregnancy ensures the full development of the fetus and helps to improve the functionality of the spinal cord and brain of newborns.
The use of amaranth is indicated even for infants. Only one teaspoon of amaranth juice with the addition of a drop of honey will provide a daily dose of protein in the child's body. Amaranth babies regularly grow up healthy and develop faster than their peers.
How to use a plant - recipes
A huge number of cooking methods prove that amaranth is a plant for food. Not only the leaves and seeds of the plant, but also flour and oil are used for eating.
Amaranth leaves are mainly boiled and used to make soups. Amaranth leaf is especially popular in India.
Baking and various types of sweets are made from seeds. Amaranth groats - an excellent basis for cooking porridge. And residents of some Latin American countries fell in love with beer brewed from amaranth.
Amaranth seeds - the basis for the preparation of a full-fledged side dish that can replace rice and pasta. On one glass of amaranth seeds take three glasses of water and boil for twenty minutes.
Also amaranth seeds can be added to mincemeat for meatballs, pudding (instead of rice) or cocktails to give them a delicate nutty flavor.
Amaranth stewed leaves with fried onions are used as a filling for pies or as an additive to soup and vegetable stews. If the leaves are dried, they must first be soaked.
The benefits of flour from the plant amaranth
The ground amaranth grains are called amaranth flour and are used to prepare various flour dishes - baking, bread, pancakes. The industry of many Asian countries produces macaroni, biscuits, waffles, chips, muffins and baby food mixes from amaranth flour.
Amaranth flour retains all the healing properties of the seeds of the plant and is recommended for the preparation of diets.
Amaranth seed oil: what's the use?
Amaranth oil has absorbed the maximum useful properties and therapeutic capabilities inherent in the ground part of amaranth. Due to the unique composition, the healing power of amaranth oil surpasses any other analog products.
The biological value of the product is:
- ability to normalize blood cholesterol levels, preventing the development of atherosclerosis and varicose veins,
- the presence of a particularly active tocotrienol form of vitamin E, thanks to which the antioxidant potential of the oil increased 50 times,
- the presence of squalene, triggering the body's recovery processes. The substance has strong antioxidant properties and provides for the regulation of lipid and steroid metabolism,
- ability to heal any skin lesions, restore vision, strengthen the immune system,
- normalization of the hormonal level of the female body.
Amaranth oil is used in the treatment of gynecological diseases, diseases of the heart and nervous system, diabetes mellitus, pathologies of the liver and gastrointestinal tract, inflammation of the joints and muscular dystrophy, as well as diseases of the throat and mouth.
Contraindications and possible harm
In some cases, the use of amaranth can harm the body. Patients with pancreatitis, cholecystitis, gluten enteropathy and urolithiasis should be treated with caution by a plant.
In the presence of individual intolerance, you may feel unwell, appear weak, itchy skin rash, headaches.
If dizziness and nausea appear after taking plant-based products, this should be regarded as a result of saturation of tissues with oxygen, due to the active influence of biological components in the composition of the plant.
Amaranth has powerful healing power. Regular consumption of the plant in food will allow for a long time to preserve not only health, but also youth.
Amaranth - healing properties
This plant is considered by many to be an ordinary weed, without really knowing that there is a real storehouse of vitamins in front of them. Amaranth has a huge amount of healing properties. Traditional medicine about all the charms of this flower knows a long time ago. And now, finally, the healing properties of amaranth are gradually beginning to be remembered again.
Amaranth giver of immortality
Health • Useful Herbs 11/12/2016
Irina 12/11/2016 Amaranth grants immortality
Dear readers, our talk today will be devoted to a very unusual, but very valuable amaranth plant. Surely many of you have heard about amaranth oil and its unusual properties. But not only oil, but also the whole plant has numerous beneficial and healing properties.
Amaranth is the birthplace of America, where the plant has been known for thousands of years before the arrival of the Spaniards to the continent. Locals considered amaranth a symbol of immortality and called it “the golden grain of God”, “wheat of the Aztecs”, “Inca bread”. In terms of breadth of consumption, the plant exceeded corn and was used not only for food, but also in various rituals.
Since human blood was used in rituals other than amaranth, the plant was banned by the conquerors and the Catholic Church and almost forgotten in its homeland. Amaranth was introduced to Europe, but the ban on its distribution and use on pain of death acted here as well.
After a long oblivion, Amaranth began to pay more attention to just over a hundred years ago, and the plant became most common only in the 90s of the last century.
The origin of the word amaranth is interesting. Mara is the goddess of death, and the prefix "A" means denial in the language.
Amaranth is translated literally, as denying death, or rather giving immortality!
What kind of plant is amaranth? What does it look like? Where is growing? What is it used for and how? Let's talk about this in detail.
Amaranth plant. What does it look like?
Amaranth in Latin is called Amaranthus. Other names of the plant are marigold, cockscomb, axamitnik, cat's tail, and pews. In the forests, i.e. wild environment, growing wild representative amaranth - schiritsa.
There are a lot of varieties of amaranth, and all of them are divided into three groups: floral and decorative, silage, i.e. used as animal feed, and vegetable. There are many opinions about which of them have useful and healing properties, and which do not, some say that all varieties of cultivated amaranth are equally useful and curative, others say no. In my opinion, food varieties should be chosen, as when working on decorative varieties, beauty is usually preferred to the detriment of other plant properties.
Amaranth. A photo
The grains (seeds) of amaranth are used in food, from which they make cereals and flour. The leaves of the plant are used to make salads, sauces, soups and even meatballs. From the seeds of amaranth produce valuable amaranth oil, which by its properties is not only not inferior to sea-buckthorn oil, but according to some data exceeds it.
Amaranth is not only a food plant, but also medicinal. Grass plants are used as animal feed. It is a pity that, despite its enormous usefulness, the use of this plant is very limited, and usually it can be found in vegetable gardens in the form of a malicious weed or in the form of an ornamental plant near houses or flower beds in parks.
Amaranth plant. Chemical composition
In the process of numerous scientific studies revealed a unique chemical composition of amaranth. What is its uniqueness? Amaranth plant:
- It contains a rich set of vitamins: beta-carotene, vitamins C and P, almost all B vitamins, which play a huge role for the proper functioning of the whole body: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3 or PP), choline (B4), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), folic acid (B9).
- Vitamin E in the composition of the plant is contained in a particularly active form.
- contains a rich set of macro and microelements: potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, copper, selenium, zinc.
- contains a large percentage of extremely valuable and unique vegetable protein, rich in the important amino acid lysine, as well as methionine and tryptophan, more valuable than the protein of mother's milk and squid meat.
- Plant seeds contain up to 77% of the whole complex of polyunsaturated fatty acids: linoleic, palmitic, stearic, oleic, linolenic.
- also contains other very important substances for the body: serotonin, red pigments, steroids.
- The leaves of the plant can be used as a rich source of vitamins C and P, the highest concentration of which is reached during the flowering period.
Particular attention should be paid to the valuable substance in the composition of the plant - it is squalene. Before scientists discovered a high content of this substance in amaranth (up to 10%), it was obtained from the liver of deep-sea sharks, where its content is only 1-2%, therefore it was extremely expensive.
Squalene contributes to the saturation of organs and tissues of the body with oxygen, increases the protective functions of the body, fights against cancer, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, protects the body from the effects of radiation, has an antimicrobial effect.
Also, squalene will be appreciated by the fair sex, as this substance has the ability to rejuvenate the body at the cellular level in general, as a component of industrial cosmetics and home-made masks in particular.
Amaranth. Useful properties and application
As we can see, amaranth is simply amazing chemical composition. Based on this, it also has numerous beneficial and healing properties. Amaranth plant is:
- powerful antioxidant
- the strongest activator of immunity,
- wound healing
- antiradiation agent
- normalizes metabolism.
Amaranth plant in cosmetology
Amaranth has found its application in cosmetology. Preparations based on plants are used in the form of lotions, masks, compresses for skin care of the face, which provides hydration, nourishment, softening and smoothing wrinkles, the skin becomes fresh and velvety.
In the form of rinses and masks amaranth and its oil are used for hair care: strengthen the hair roots, promote growth, restore structure, give elasticity and shine.
Also, an infusion of leaves or amaranth flowers is used for baths.
Amaranth flour and amaranth seeds
In pharmacies or health food stores, we can purchase amaranth seeds and amaranth flour. And in the same place we can meet production: and cookies, and small loafs, macaroni and many other things.
In my opinion, it is very convenient and useful to take seeds and flour for health. Pay attention that the seeds are not black. They can be wheat color, golden, light color. Amaranth flour is great for those who love to bake. Instead of the usual flour, use more healthy flour from amaranth. And you can bake bread, and cupcakes, and pies. And it is good to cook porridge from amaranth seeds.
My advice for cooking amaranth porridge: take water and amaranth seeds in a ratio of 1: 2 (1 part amaranth and 2 parts water), then start cooking like any porridge, and in the cooking process, you can add a little water. Look at the consistency, who likes what kind of porridge. And it is better to cook it not in the pan, as we are used to, but on the pan, the area is larger, and it is easier to control the cooking process. When the porridge is cooked, you can then add an apple or a banana there. Try it!
I propose to watch the video, how to take seeds and flour from amaranth with health benefits, which you should pay attention to when choosing.
Also do not forget about amaranth oil, juice and germinated seeds of the plant.
Amaranth germinated seeds
The amazing properties of the germinated seeds of various plants, primarily germinated wheat, are widely known. Amaranth seeds are no exception. When they are germinated, the number of active substances contained in them increases many times. Therefore, in this form, amaranth seeds can get rid of the most serious health problems.
Amaranth cold infusion
Dry leaves and / or flowers of amaranth pour cold boiled water in a ratio of 1 to 10, i.e. 1 part leaves 10 parts of water, insist 15-20 minutes. strain.
Take 0.5 st. half an hour before meals 3 times a day. The resulting infusion is most often used for problems with the gastrointestinal tract.
To prepare the juice, fresh amaranth leaves are used. Rinse the leaves thoroughly under running water or several times changing the water, finely chop and pass through a juicer or meat grinder, squeeze out the juice.
The resulting juice is diluted with boiled water in a ratio of 1: 5 and used to rinse with inflammatory processes in the mouth or throat.
For normal consumption, the juice is mixed with liquid cream in a 1: 1 ratio and take 1 tbsp. 3 times a day for half an hour before meals. This method is well established for the treatment of diabetes, pain in the liver, inflammatory processes in the stomach.
As a health remedy, it is good to use various salads with amaranth leaves. To taste, they resemble spinach and go well with other components. Amaranth leaves, as I already wrote, are an excellent source of vitamins C and P, which together are responsible for the elasticity and permeability of blood vessels. In addition, in this form, we have the opportunity to use fresh leaves.
Let me give you an example of a recipe for one such salad, which the reader of my blog sent me.
Recipe: 200 gr. amaranth leaves, 200 gr. young nettle leaves are well washed, pour over boiling water and finely chopped. Add 50 grams. chopped leaves of garlic or feathers of young garlic. Salt the resulting salad, season with vegetable oil. You can add sour cream or mayonnaise, as well as a couple of boiled eggs.
Amaranth plant. Contraindications
Despite its truly enormous useful and healing properties, amaranth has a number of contraindications that must be considered. The plant is not recommended for use with:
- gluten enteropathy (hypersensitivity to gluten),
- severe diseases of the digestive system,
- gallstone and urolithiasis,
- bowel disorder
- as well as with individual intolerance.
Care should be taken to include amaranth in the diet of children. Do not give them dishes with amaranth often. It is also better to combine it with vegetables and olive oil to eliminate the negative impact on the digestive system.
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Amaranth: medicinal properties and contraindications
Amaranth or, as it is called, amaranth most often an annual herbaceous plant with a wide range of qualities beneficial to the human body. Amaranth belongs to the Amaranth family, Amaranth clan. The stem of a plant can be both simple and branchy, its height is up to two meters, the color is saturated green. Leaves of green color, lanceolate form, with a solid edge, have a petiole. The flowers are red, small, collected in a bunch, located in the leaf bosom, located at the top of the stem and combined into very thick whisks of the spike-shaped. The fruit of the plant is a box. Sometimes there is a form of amaranth with a purple color of foliage and stems.
It is originally a medicinal plant from South America, where it was cultivated by the indigenous people from the deepest antiquity. The Mayans and Aztecs, especially those who honored corn, valued amaranth even higher than it. This is an indisputable proof that the medicinal properties of the plant are, indeed, extraordinary. Today amaranth is grown as a medicinal and fodder plant in all countries with a tropical and temperate climate. In our country, amaranth can be found in the Caucasus and in the southern regions of the middle belt.
The chemical composition of the miracle doctor amaranth
The composition of the plant, of course, can be called unique, since the amaranth contains a huge amount of substances that are healing to the human body, which, reinforcing the actions of each other, have an active positive effect on health. In research, among the chemical components of the plant, ascorbic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, behenic acid, arachic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, myristic acid, beta-karatin, folate, amarantine, beta and gamma tocopherol, fatty acids , steroids, lysine, tyrosine, isoleucine, arginine, aspartic acid, cysteine, valine, glutamic acid, serine, glycine, proline, squalene, sterols, flavonoids, natural plant protein, glucose and sucrose. Amaranth and vitamins are very rich. It contains vitamins: A, E and the whole group of vitamin B. It is also a rich source of macro-and microelements important for the body, without which it is impossible to maintain health. When using amaranth, the human body also receives: iron, manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and selenium.
Such an abundance of medicinal components in the composition of the plant made it very useful for humans. Appreciated by the ancient healers of South America, and later of most other countries, amaranth does not lose its popularity as a natural remedy for many of the most diverse diseases.
When should amaranth be used as a medicine
Amaranth can be used for medicinal purposes, preparing medicines from dried roots and leaves, ripened seeds, as well as using oil from it. Since ancient times, the plant has been used as: antitumor, general anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, regenerating, hemostatic, improves digestion, antihistamine, sedative, antithrombotic, antihypertensive and anti-sclerotic. Today, the healing properties of amaranth are scientifically proven, and the herb is included in many countries in the list of medicinal plants recognized by traditional medicine.
Amaranth has the strongest immunomodulatory effects, which includes the body's natural defenses. During the period of seasonal flu and colds, this herbal remedy is ideal for their prevention. Providing a fortifying and vitaminizing effect, the plant helps the body to resist all the negative effects of the cold season.
When inflammation occurs in the urinary system, complicated by urolithiasis, amaranth gently and effectively removes the problem, providing not only anti-inflammatory, but also an anesthetic effect. Already after one or two days of receiving drugs on the basis of amaranth, positive changes are observed in the patient's condition.
Amaranth is also useful in diabetes mellitus as a means of lowering blood sugar levels and strengthening blood vessels. In addition, the plant normalizes blood circulation in small vessels and capillaries, providing a good preventive effect against diabetic damage to the legs.
In obesity at any stage of the disease, the grass will help speed up the metabolism and increase the intensity of the breakdown of fat cells. Due to this, with an integrated approach to solving a problem, it is possible to heal much faster. For weight-loss drugs based on amaranth are a real panacea.
In case of many gynecological problems, oil from amaranth can help, which reduces inflammation, inhibits the development of neoplastic processes and promotes healing of the damaged mucosal surface. At the initial stages of development of benign tumors of the uterus, this tool can be the main treatment.
For people suffering from low hemoglobin and anemia, this plant will be an ideal source of iron. Exerting, in addition, a beneficial effect on the blood-forming organs, amaranth significantly improves the condition of patients already on the second - third day of use.
Eliminate amaranth and various inflammations in the oral cavity. It will help to cope even with periodontal disease, stomatitis and flux.
The plant also treats a sore throat. In sore throat, pharyngitis and tonsillitis, the herb will quickly relieve pain and inflammation, and in addition, strengthen the immune system. Often amaranth can completely eliminate chronic diseases.
The plant has a positive effect on the male reproductive system, improving the quality of sperm and preventing the development of diseases of the prostate gland. Amaranth is also useful in the initial stage of impotence.
Cleansing blood vessels from blood clots and cholesterol plaques, the herb helps in the prevention of atherosclerosis and dementia, greatly improving the quality of life of older people. In addition, the property of cleaning vessels contributes to the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
Having a strengthening effect on the nervous system, amaranth helps to eliminate depression and stress, and also restores the body after severe mental and emotional overload. Insomnia, nervous headaches and hysteria will be a thing of the past with regular use of herbs.
Regenerating, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of the plant allow it to be used for ulcerative lesions of the stomach and intestines. By helping to restore the injured areas of the mucous membrane, amaranth can completely cure the disease if it is not severely neglected.
The addition of amaranth to oncological diseases in the complex therapy strengthens the patient, slows down the development of the disease and includes the body's natural defenses. After undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the plant helps to recover in the shortest possible time.
Broth for the general strengthening of the body and the launch of protective systems
One tablespoon of dried amaranth is poured with a glass of warm (but not hot) water and placed, covered with a lid, in a water bath. There the drug is a quarter of an hour. After cooling, it is filtered and topped up with water to the initial volume. Apply the medicine for a tablespoon three times a day one hour before meals for three weeks.
Infusion from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
For this tool is required to take fresh leaves and flowers of the plant. Столовую ложку мелко нарезанного продукта заливают стаканом кипятка и настаивают четыре часа. Отцеженный препарат пьют с добавлением небольшого количества меда по четверти стакана утром и вечером до полного выздоровления.
The stalks and leaves of the plant are collected after the flowering period, since at this time the concentration of nutrients in them is at its maximum. Inflorescences are cut at the time of greatest flowering. To save raw materials, it can be not only dried, but also frozen. Drying a plant is no different from the same process in other herbs. Amaranth froze, having preliminarily ventilated it, since the shelf life of wet raw materials is significantly reduced. The cut plant is tightly wrapped in special freezing bags and stored for storage. In this state, amaranth does not lose its healing qualities for three years.