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Many reasons to eat amaranth leaves or Cholai

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Amaranth leaves or amaranth greens  very important for healthy life.Known as shadab in Urdu,cholai in hindi amaranth leaves are an excellent source of a essential nutrients and trace elements. Here are many reasons of  health benefits that can be achieved by consuming this leafy vegetable as a part of your diet.

Health Benefits of Amaranth Leaves

Controls hypertension
Amaranth leaves are rich potassium and magnesium which are very important  for maintaining proper electrolyte balance in the body. The presence of significant amounts of dietary fiber in addition to other essential nutrients in these leaves aids in the management and prevention of hypertension.

Prevents hair loss
Amaranth leaves  very important for healthy hair If you are suffering from hair fall and premature greying of hair, consume amaranth leaves on a daily basis to get rid of your hair problems. These leaves act as a powerful natural remedy to prevent hair loss and strengthen your hair.

Lowers risk of calcium deficiency
Good amounts of Calcium is present  in amaranth leaves thrice more than spinach leaves and twice more present in milk. Consume this leafy vegetable to lower your risk of health complications resulted due to calcium deficiencies such as osteoporosis.

Relieves oral problems
Amaranth leaves act as an effective remedy to relieve a wide range of oral complications. The raw green vegetable has been widely used as a traditional medicine to treat sore throats, mouth ulcers and swollen gums.

Skin problems
Amaranth leaves contain various health essential nutrients that exert anti-inflammatory action against skin infections. Due to the powerful astringent activity, these leaves act as a natural remedy to treat acne and other skin problems like eczema.

Lowers cholesterol
The most important  health benefits of amaranth leaves is its ability to lower your blood cholesterol level. This leafy vegetable contains tocotrienols, a type of vitamin E which helps in reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) levels in the body and prevents coronary heart diseases.
Protects opposite cancer
The cancer protective activity of amaranth leaves is due to the antioxidant property of vitamin E, vitamin C and lysine, in addition to other essential nutrients. These leaves fight against harmful free radicals and prevent the formation of malignant cells responsible for cancer. 

Prevents anaemia
The deficiency of iron in the body results in anaemia. The presence of high amounts of iron in amaranth leaves makes them the best dietary source to prevent deficiency of this mineral in the body.

Improves digestion
Amaranth leaves are an excellent source of dietary fibre. These greens are good for children and elders as they are tasty and nutritious, loaded with various beneficial nutrients and are also easily digestible. They also prevent constipation along with enhancing your digestive health. 

Good for diabetes
 Amaranth leaves  lower blood sugar levels in type2 diabetics.These leaves also lower other high risk factors responsible for increasing your blood sugar levels such as obesity and cholesterol. 

 

 

Shadab/cholai saag amaranth leaves - recipe

 

Ingredients

 

1/2kg Amaranth Leaves
1 Tomato chopped
2 Potatoes chopped in cubes
4 Green chilies
1 cup Onion coarsely sliced
1/4 cup Oil
1 tsp White cumin seeds
1 tsp Garlic chopped
1 tsp heaped Crushed red chili
3/4 tsp Salt

 


Method

 

Heat ¼ cup oil in pan, add 1 tsp cumin seeds with sliced onion, fry till transparent, add 1 tsp crushed garlic and fry for 2minutes.

Add ¾ tsp salt, 1 tsp crushed red chili and chopped tomato, fry for 5 minutes Add ¼ cup water with potato cubes and chopped amaranth leaves.

Cover and cook on low flame for 20 minutes till potatoes tender. Serve with puri.