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.
Possibly Ineffective for:
- Lowering high cholesterol. In people with high cholesterol, eating a low-fat diet that includes amaranth oil or muffins enriched with amaranth doesn’t seem to lower cholesterol any better than simply following a low-fat diet.
- Swollen mouth and throat.
- Other conditions.
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: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking amaranth if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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.