Overview

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.

How does it work ?

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.

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