Amaranth is a herbaceous plant of the family Amaranth, which has smaller flowers and spike-like inflorescences. Currently
There are more than 60 species of plants.
Positive feedback received amaranth as a useful and fortified plant.
Widespread use of amaranth is in medicine, cosmetics and cooking.
Biological characteristics and distribution
Some species of amaranth are ancient crops that are grown in East Asia. In modern times in South Asia, amaranth is used as a vegetable. It has hanging inflorescence and colored leaves.
Amaranth in Europe has branched stems, diamond-shaped leaves with a sharp tip, as well as flowers which form beams with tops - brooms. Usually the color green plants, and in some cases - red.
For the first time the amaranth is grown in South America and then imported into India, China and North America. Some types of plants bred by artificial means, are growing in East Asia.
The plant was brought to Europe in the 18th century by the Spaniards and was used as a fodder crop, but then it became just a weed in fields with cereals. In Russia, this plant has appeared from the mid 19th century and initially was considered a weed, and then came to be used for decorative purposes. Amaranth was used to create a "live" fences and separation outbuildings, as well as floral arrangements.
Nowadays amaranth is grown as an annual plant that is starting to wreak as seedlings in early April, and planted in the ground in mid-May.
Useful properties of amaranth
The high use of amaranth, thanks to its valuable composition, rich in vitamins and active substances. The leaves of plants contain useful substances which are effective for the prevention of osteoporosis, elimination of calcium deficiency in the body, metabolic regulation and reduce the likelihood of cardiovascular disease.
Useful properties amaranth affect the activity of excretion of harmful substances, including radionuclides. The composition amaranth plant proteins which are effective in the treatment of eczema, urticaria and skin hyperemia.
Is made from a plant amaranth oil contains many trace elements and minerals, which are an effective preventive measure against the formation of malignant tumors.
The positive feedback received for the content of amaranth squalene, which saturates the body with oxygen, it is an antineoplastic agent and an immunostimulant. The human body needs to reduce squalene
rate of oxidative processes in the cells that cause aging.
International medical studies have shown that continuous consumption of amaranth has a positive effect on the functioning of the liver, it promotes regeneration and acts as hemostatics hemorrhoids and internal bleeding.
Widespread use has amaranth in tincture form, which is used as an antispasmodic colitis, gastritis and constipation.
Useful properties of amaranth are manifested in the treatment of infectious diseases, dermatitis, fungal infections and endometriosis.
With allergies and diathesis is very good decoction of the roots and seeds of amaranth, and for burns and scars effectively oil from the plant.
The use and consumption of amaranth
Amaranth is used not only in the fresh state but also in the form of infusions, decoctions and oils. Tincture is prepared in a water bath, and applies for 14 days (30 minutes before a meal) with enuresis, and other inflammations of the genitourinary system.
Collection of daisies, amaranth, and St. John's wort helps to rejuvenate and restore the body and cell regeneration. From the roots of amaranth preparing a special broth, which take 1/3 cup 2 times a day.
For refreshing and anti baths using shredded leaves Amaranthus which was refluxed for 20 minutes and poured into the bath. The juice from leaves used for mouthwashes as well as for the treatment of gastritis, liver function disorders and diabetes.
The leaves of this plant to taste similar to spinach and they make delicious salads, soups and borscht. The leaves are used in dry form as a vitamin supplement, and the seeds of amaranth like hazelnuts and added to the tea, as well as use in the preservation of vegetables.
Despite the positive reviews, amaranth has contraindications.
Contraindications to the use of amaranth are idiosyncrasy and the presence of allergic reactions. Do not use a plant with severe diseases of the digestive system, cholecystitis, kidney stones, and bowel disorders.
Children should not often eat amaranth, as well as its best served with other vegetables and olive oil, to avoid negative impact on the digestive system.