Amaranth greens are also referred as Chinese spinach. It is a nutritious leafy vegetable that is consumed in the form of stir fries, soups, gravies, simmered dishes, daal and curries throughout the country. It is a cosmopolitan genus of herbs that is available in variety of colours like red and green or bicoloured. Green amaranth leaves (Cholai leaves in Hindi) are an excellent source of trace elements like foliate, calcium, phosphorous and iron and essential nutrients like carbohydrate, protein and vitamins.
Here are the top health benefits that can be achieved by consuming green amaranth leaves as a part of your diet.
Suppresses appetite and good for weight loss
High protein content in amaranth leaves reduces the insulin in the body and a hormone is released that suppresses the appetite for long. This helps in weight loss as you tend to eat less when you are less hungry.
Rich in protein
Amaranth leaves have high concentration of protein which are broken down into usable amino acids by the body. No other leaf or grain can give you such high protein needed for building muscles.
High on antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
Amaranth leaves contain Vitamin A, C and E, minerals like magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, and folate which are necessary for your overall health. It also contains a kind of peptide that takes care of inflammation in the body and inhibits the action of free radicals. The anti-inflammatory property takes care of pains related to gout and arthritis.
Gives you stronger bones
Since amaranth leaves have huge calcium content along with other necessary minerals, they give you stronger bones. It increases bone density and does not let them fall weak with age. This keeps you active even in old age and thus amaranth leaves become a super food in preventing osteoporosis.
Amaranth leaves have potassium that reduces blood pressure and in turn also reduces the strain that is generally put on the cardiovascular system. This helps to prevent the chances of atherosclerosis. If you want to reduce bad cholesterol formation in the body, this leafy vegetable must be there in your diet.
Prevent hair loss
If you are suffering from the problem of premature greying of hair or hair fall, you should consume green amaranth leaves on daily basis as these leaves act as natural remedy to get rid of hair problems. Amaranth leaves contain high concentration of protein that helps maintain hair texture and adds a gloss. It makes your hair manageable and soft too.
Relieves oral problems
Raw Amaranth leaves are used as traditional medicine that helps to relieve wide range of oral complications. It can treat mouth ulcers, sore throats, bad breath and swollen gums.
Lower risks of calcium deficiency
Amaranth leaves posses high concentration of Calcium. So you need to consume it to lower your risk of health complications resulting due to calcium deficiencies. It prevents you from various diseases and bone related problems such as osteoporosis.
Prevent skin problems
Amaranth leaves contain various nutrients that exert anti inflammatory action against skin infections. It helps treat skin problems like eczema and acne due to its powerful astringent activity.
Women are more prone to anaemia and it occurs due to deficiency of Iron. Amaranth leaves have high amounts of iron and it helps prevent anaemia.
Amaranth leaves are loaded with various elements, nutrients and act as a superb source of dietary fibre. This tasty and nutritious dietary source is good for children and elders as it is easily digestible. Those who have been suffering from digestive problems like gas, blotting and constipation then these leaves can be a great natural remedy. It enhances digestive health and prevents constipation.
Good for diabetes
These leaves demonstrate anti hyperglycaemic activity as per many studies. It helps lower blood sugar level in diabetic (type 2) by lowering risk factors like cholesterol and obesity cause high blood sugar level.
Protect against cancer
It acts as anti cancer agent as it contains a set of amino acids like amino acid lysine, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. These leaves contain anti oxidants. These anti oxidants fight free radicals, hence preventing formation of malignant cells. It also detoxifies our body.
These leaves are rich source of magnesium and potassium which are vital for maintaining electrolyte balance in body properly. It also helps in preventing hypertension due to presence of essential nutrients and dietary fibre in it.
These leaves are the rich source of phytosterols that helps lower the cholesterol level in body. It contains tocotrienols that helps reduce LDL and prevent coronary heart diseases. It is a rich source of Vitamin K which is known as best booster for heart health.
Booster for eye health
It contains significant level of Vitamin A and caretenoids that help boost eye health. It stops the cataract development in eye and macular degeneration by lowering oxidative stress. It helps keep your vision strong and healthy for long time.
Some more health benefits include
- Protect Cardiac-Vascular Health
- Lowers the risk of heart ailments
- Effective in stopping excessive bleeding in women’s menstruation
- Effective in stopping diarrhoea
- Strengthens bones and teeth
- Fights against ageing
- Cures jaundice
- Cures vitamin deficiency
- Boosts immune system of body
- Helps in weight management
- Prevents male pattern baldness
- Maintain bone density
- Helps in strengthening and repairing blood vessel walls
Amaranth greens leaves contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and B9, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium, Omega 3 fatty acids, Iron, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Zinc, Sodium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese and many essential minerals and nutrients. Regular consumption of these leaves bring various health benefits.