Amaranth

18/Description

About

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 it works

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.

Effectiveness

Possibly Ineffective
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.

Concerns

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

18/Warnings

Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking amaranth if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Amaranth.

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.