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