SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
SPECIES: Amaranthus L. spp.
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Its light & dry qualities dry up excess mucus and Kapha dampness, which benefits the lungs and respiratory system. Its dryness can dry up mucus congestion in the respiratory system. Amaranth is also a diuretic.
It does not contain any gluten and is safe for those who are gluten intolerant. Amaranth contains 30% more protein than rice, and four times as much calcium as wheat. It is recommended for people with anemia because it is high in iron (blood building). It is also high in manganese and magnesium (a muscle relaxor).
Amaranth is a cereal of contradictions. It is soft but crunchy, sweet but dry. It energizes but at the same time relaxes the muscles. It is especially soothing and cooling to the eyes, which is evidence of its Pitta reducing effects. At least one client reported, "It makes me feel bright and alert." It has a relatively neutral to warm temperature effect overall.
Amaranth may suppress appetite because of its astringency, which seems to absorb all moisture from the mouth. It is easy to digest for most individuals, although some kapha individuals will report, "The gooeyness of amaranth felt heavy on my stomach. I felt full very fat." Amaranth bulks up the stool, but may also dry out stools as well. As a stool binding agent, it can relieve diarrhea in some individuals.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Amaranth Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
APPETITE-SUPPRESSANTSuppresses hunger without causing weight gain
Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
HEMOSTATICAn herb that stops bleeding.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
Lung and Sinus:
CLEARS-SINUSESCleanses sinuses by draining excess mucus, allowing for clear, easy breathing.
DECONGESTANTAn herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
GROUNDINGEncourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth.
RELAXES-EYESEases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.
RELIEVES-TENSIONAn herb that releases tightness, constriction, and rigidity in a muscle.
Find Your Symptom:
SOOTHINGCalms and alleviates irritation or discomfort in a particular region.
MUSCLE-RELAXANTHerbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.
High Fiber Laxative
HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVEA class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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Comments & Impressions of 'Amaranth'Do you like 'amaranth'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'amaranth'?
I have a suggestion. Since amaranth is here classified as dry and sweet, just add something oily and/or increase the amount of liquid used to cook it. I'd definitely stir in some ghee and maybe a dash of spice!
Just wondering how you understand Amaranth to be V increasing and KP pacifying as I understand it to be the opposite
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DigestionAnal Itching, Burning abdominal pain, Duodenal Ulcer, Food allergy, Malabsorption, Stomach Ulcer, Strong abdominal pulse
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Edema, Flushes Easily, Heart Palpitations, Hepatitis (Past/Current), Puffy face, Puffy under eyes / Bags, Sweat often, Teeth marks on tongue edges
PoopBloody stools, Diarrhea, Diarrhea quickly after eating, Frothy Stool / with Bubbles, Green stool, Soft Stool, Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces, Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid, Stool thick mud, Tarry black stools
SkinBruise easily, Puffy / swollen skin
Mind Stress SleepEpilepsy, Frequent Stress, Talks quickly
Cleanse and DetoxGeneral Malaise
Reproductive HealthHeavy Period
Respiratory HealthPost nasal drip
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.