Health Benefits of Amaranth Leaves

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Have you heard, seen or had amaranth leaves before? I won’t be surprised if not since I have only discovered this vegetable recently, myself.

Amaranth leaves are herbs of different varieties and species. They are known to many countries in different names according to their kinds.


In the Philippines for instance, amaranth leaves are called uray or kulitis. These are thorny weeds that grow mostly on unmaintained fields. In Thailand, amaranth leaves are cooked as vegetables. They have the same likeness and texture of the spinach. In the West, amaranth is gaining popular for its grains. These gluten-free grains make good substitute for wheat flours.

Whichever form you may know amaranth; these herbs/plants/grains promise loads of nutrition, medicinal and health benefits.


Nutritional benefits of amaranth leaves

Amaranth leaves contain many nutritional benefits. These include:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Iron

Stir-fry amaranth with chicken liver.
Stir-fry amaranth with chicken liver.
Corned beef with amaranth. Yummy!
Corned beef with amaranth. Yummy!

Health benefits of amaranth leaves

Amaranth leaves are energy-giving due to its proteins, carbohydrates and Vitamin C contents. Vegetarians and those under a gluten-free diet benefit a lot from adding amaranth leaves in their daily meals.


The health benefits of amaranth extend to our digestive health. Its dietary fiber content is easily digestible too, which is good for the young ones and elders.

Being fibrous, it’s good for weight loss and weight management as well. Amaranth is a low calorie food that provides satisfying, tasty meal, especially when mixed with chicken or pork meats.

Amaranth leaves are good for the vegetarians as it is loaded with protein content. This makes amaranth accessible for people with celiac disease or those under a gluten-free diet. It’s a good source of protein without a trace of gluten, a kind of protein present in wheat and rye.


Eating amaranth leaves also protects our cardio-vascular health. This food lowers the risk of heart ailments as it help reduce our cholesterol and blood pressure.

Amaranth may also be an anti-cancer food because of its lysine and Vitamin C content.

Amaranth leaves are also used in ayurvedic treatments in treating diarrhea, hemorrhage conditions and other ailments.

Have you had amaranth today? Here’s a simple amaranth recipe from my home to yours.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks moonlake. It's one of the fastest, simplest recipes I know. haha!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Have never heard of Amaranth leaves but thanks for the information on them. Your recipes sound good. Voted up and shared.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

That's right peggy! Amaranth leaves are plenty in my side of the world. In the US though, I think Amaranth seeds, grains and flour are the famous ones.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Your quick recipe sounds good. Now...I just need to locate some amaranth leaves. That same recipe would be good with spinach, swiss chard and other green leafy veggies.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Hi peggy! I have several amaranth recipes in my cooking blog. Here's a quick one though.. You can stir-fry them with tomatoes, garlic and onions. Add chicken or chicken liver for more flavor and texture. :)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Will have to look for some Amaranth leaves and see if they are sold in any of the stores that we frequent in Houston, Texas. If they are similar to spinach, I know that I would like them. Did you intend to share one of your recipes with us? Good to know about the nutritional value of Amaranth. Voted up and interesting.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

No problem vellur. It's interesting how not so many know this veggie.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Sure think alocsin. This reminds me to get some for next week's menu.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Very useful hub, I did not know all this about amaranth. Thanks for sharing.


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

Thanks for the headsup. Was unaware that such leaves could be used for teas and such. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks for your visit, b. Malin. A lot of people haven't heard of amaranth. I wonder why...


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi Beingwell, What an Interesting and Informative Hub. I had never heard of Amaranth Leaves before. What Wonderful Benefits.

I now look forward to Enjoying more of your Hubs and becoming a Follower.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks rajan!! Yeap, amaranth are sure tasty! I easily compare them to spinach. hihi..


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

We get amaranth leaves here and they are called Chaulai in India. The cooked vegetable is indeed tasty and healthy. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up, interesting.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Sure thing prasetio! Let me know if you find one in your area.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I had never heard about Amaranth leaves. I learn many things here. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

I only knew of them recently, too tlpoague. And I'm glad I did. :)


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

I have never heard of these leaves before. Good information to know. Thank you for sharing it. I will have too keep a look out for them so I can try them.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Yeap, they are link spinach Urmilashukla.


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

I have not eaten Amaranth leaves. I will sure try this. Thanks for this great article.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

@toknowinfo- Cool! Thanks for your comment. My pleasure!


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Great hub! You really educated me about amaranth leaves. Thanks for putting this article together. Voted up and useful.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

@vespa - They taste so good! You have to try!!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

How fascinating! Amaranth is produced and eaten in Peru, but I'm sure that no one knows about the leaves. We're heading to Cusco (where it grows) for a week this month, so I'll look into getting some of the leaves. Thanks so much for sharing all this helpful nutritional information! Voted up and shared.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok Author

Sure thing RTalloni. I love these veggies.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for this overview of amaranth leaves!

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