Amaranth (Kiwicha)

Amaranth's scientific name is Amaranthus Caudatus and is commonly known as kiwicha. Amaranth is a plant native to South America and belongs to the Amaranthaceae family.

Amaranth (Kiwicha) Uses, Properties, and Health Benefits

Amaranth has numerous health properties such as anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant, immune system enhancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-arthritic. Because of its health benefits properties amaranth is good for hypertension, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, constipation, diabetes, osteoporosis, weight lose, low vision and arthritis.

Amaranth Nutritional Information

A single amaranth plant can produce hundreds of seeds, which have a large amount of protein and a high content of Omega-6 Fatty Acids. 100 grams of amaranth contains over 2700 mg of omega 6. The leaves and seeds have a high nutritional content and are an alternative for vegetarians due to their high amount of proteins.

Amaranth Nutrition Facts (per 100 g)

Nutrition Facts
Calories: 371
Total Carbohydrate: 65.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.7 g
Sugars: 1.7 g
Protein: 13.6 g

Amino Acids
Alanine: 799 mg
Arginine: 1060mg
Aspartic Acid: 1261 mg
Cystine: 191 mg
Glutamic Acid: 2259 mg
Glycine: 1636 mg
Histidine *: 389 mg
Isoleucine *: 582 mg
Leucine *: 879 mg
Lysine *: 747 mg
Methionine *: 226 mg
Phenylalanine *: 542 mg
Proline: 698 mg
Serine: 1148 mg
Threonine *: 558 mg
Tryptophan *: 181 mg
Tyrosine: 329 mg
Valine *: 679 mg
*Essential Amino Acids

Vitamins
Vitamin A: 2 IU
Beta Caroten: 1 mcg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 0.1 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 0.2 mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 0.9 mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 1.5 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): 0.6 mg
Folate: 82 mcg
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): 4.2mg
Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol): 1.2 mg
Choline: 69.8 mg
Betaine: 67.6 mg

Minerals
Calcium: 159 mg
Iron: 7.6 mg
Magnesium: 248 mg
Phosphorus: 557 mg
Potassium: 508mg
Selenium: 18.7mcg
Sodium: 4mg
Zinc: 2.9 mg

Sterols

Phytosterols: 24 mg

Referencias
https://www.britannica.com/plant/Amaranthus
https://www.curesdecoded.com/es/productos/amaranto/1507
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/5676/2