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AMARANTH

Other Names:

Alegría, Amarante, Amarante-Grain, Amarante-Grain Géante, Amaranthus frumentaceus, Amaranthus hypochondriacus, Amaranthus leucocarpus, Amaranto, Chua, Huantli, Huatlí, Lady Bleeding, Love-Lies-Bleeding, Lovely Bleeding, Pilewort, Prince's Feathe...
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AMARANTH Overview
AMARANTH Uses
AMARANTH Side Effects
AMARANTH Interactions
AMARANTH Dosing
AMARANTH Overview Information

Amaranth is a plant. The leaf contains a small amount of vitamin C. People use the entire plant to make medicine.

Amaranth is used for ulcers, diarrhea, and swollen mouth and throat. It is also used to treat high cholesterol.

In foods, amaranth is used as a cereal grain.

How does it work?

Amaranth might work for some conditions by reducing swelling (astringent).

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.

AMARANTH Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Possibly Ineffective for:

  • Lowering high cholesterol. In people with high cholesterol, eating a low-fat diet that includes muffins enriched with amaranth doesn’t seem to lower cholesterol any better than simply following a low-fat diet.

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Ulcers.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Swollen mouth and throat.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of amaranth for these uses.


AMARANTH Side Effects & Safety

It is not known if amaranth is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of amaranth during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

AMARANTH Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for AMARANTH Interactions

AMARANTH Dosing

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.

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