Amaranth is a plant. The seed, oil, and leaf are used as food. The entire plant is used to make medicine.
Amaranth is used for ulcers, diarrhea, swelling of the mouth or throat, and high cholesterol, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods, amaranth is used as a pseudocereal.
Amaranth contains chemicals that act like antioxidants.
There is interest in using amaranth for high cholesterol because some research in animals suggests that it might be able to lower total cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol, while raising "good" HDL cholesterol. But amaranth doesn't seem to have these benefits in people.
When taken by mouth: The seed, oil, and leaves of amaranth are LIKELY SAFE when used in food amounts. Taking amaranth as a medicine is POSSIBLY SAFE when used for 3 weeks or less.
It is not known if using amaranth as medicine is safe or what the possible side effects might be.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if amaranth is safe to use as a medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
There are no known interactions with medications. Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
There are no known interactions with foods.
The appropriate dose of amaranth depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for amaranth. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
Alegría, Amarante, Amarante-Grain, Amarante-Grain Géante, Amaranthus blitum, Amaranthus caudatus, Amaranthus cruentus; synonym Amaranthus paniculatus, Amaranthus dubius, Amaranthus frumentaceus, Amaranthus hybridus, Amaranthus hypochondriacus, Amaranthus leucocarpus, Amaranthus roxburghianus, Amaranthus spinosus, Amaranthus tricolor, Amaranto, Chua, Huantli, Huatlí, Khaddar-Chaulai, Lady Bleeding, Love-Lies-Bleeding, Lovely Bleeding, Pilewort, Prickly Amaranth, Prince's Feather, Rajgira, Ramdana, Red Cockscomb, Red Spinach, Rhamdana, Royal Grain, Smooth Amaranth, Tandulja, Velvet Flower.
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