- What other names is Amaranth known by?
- What is Amaranth?
- How does Amaranth work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Amaranth.
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.
Possibly Ineffective for...
- 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.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Swollen mouth and throat.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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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.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking amaranth if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011