The word Amaranth is translated from Greek as «Unfading Flower». Indeed, its flower clusters never fade, so it is not surprising that amaranth became a symbol of immortality in Greece, cradle of European civilization.
However, amaranth is known throughout the world not only for this amazing property. Its unique healing and flavour properties were familiar to the Indians of Mesoamerica. They used to bake bread with flour from amaranth seeds. Even newborn babies were fed with amaranth derived products. In addition, the Incas and the Aztecs used amaranth in medicine and sacred rituals.
After discovery of America, amaranth was introduced to Europe, and the unique properties of amaranth did not go unnoticed. Swedish Queen Christina even established the Order of the Companions of Amaranth in 1653.
Amaranth oil has a unique composition. Its component, vitamin E, is found in amaranth oil in a very rare tocotrienol form, which makes its antioxidant properties 40-50 times higher than in the tocopherol form of the same vitamin. Even if you use a small amount of amaranth oil, you may be able reduce the risk of some cancer and at the same time avoid vitamin E overdose. Furthermore, vitamin E may reduces the risk of clotting, increases vessel walls elasticity and normalizes cholesterol levels.Another unique element that is contained in amaranth oil is squalene. It carries oxygen to deep tissue layers and saturates cells, which results in an increased skin ability to resist adverse environmental factors, quicker regeneration, while skin at the same time looks fresh and radiant. Phytosterol, which is a part of amaranth oil, promotes cholesterol excretion, reinforces immune system and has anti-tumour properties. Amarant oil is rich in phospholipids, the main component of which is lecithin, one of the most important substances in the human body since it composes one third of brain insulation and protective tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Lecithin is a building material of the human body, it transports nutrients, vitamins and drugs to cells.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as linoleic and linolenic acids, which are found in amaranth oil, may lower cholesterol level, normalise blood pressure.High content of squalene in amaranth oil helps to cleanse your body of toxins and waste, excrete radionuclides, and minimise harmful effect of radiation.
Amaranth oil can replace any vegetable in cooking. It is added to baked goods, first and second courses, salad and vinaigrette dressing.