Amaranth in Medicine



Over the past decades, scientific research has revealed many ways in which mouthparts can be used for the treatment and prevention of many diseases. In Latin American countries, borage is used to treat cancer. In Ecuador, a decoction of borage blossoms is used to ‘purify the blood and also to regulate the menstrual cycle. In India, and China they are used to treat colds, lung, heart, digestive and infectious diseases; they also treat anemia, rheumatism, polyarthritis, and obesity. Preparations with Amaranth lower blood cholesterol, protect the body from the effects of radioactive irradiation and promote the disappearance of tumors.


Amaranth seeds contain about 7% of the most valuable oil. It contains about 77% unsaturated fatty acids, of which about 50% are linolenic and linoleic, squalene, a rare form of tocotrimeric vitamin E, which is involved in cholesterol biosynthesis. Squalene is the most valuable component of borage oil. To date, it is mainly derived from the liver of deep-sea sharks, making it very expensive. Squalene is the basis of many medicines that regulate vital bodily processes. It actively promotes tissue respiration and acts as a source of oxygen, essential for the body, with antimicrobial, anti-cancer, and anti-fungal properties. This fatty substance has the ability to penetrate the body’s tissues, for example through the skin, accelerating the action of substances dissolved therein. Squalene in borage oil has unique wound-healing properties (stimulates regeneration) and is a good healer of many skin diseases, including eczema, psoriasis, and even trophic ulcers. It is present in a selection of cosmetic products.

Amaranth oil is an effective means of recovery, treatment, and prevention. It acts on the whole body, boosting immunity and normalizing metabolism. Amaranth oil has anti-sclerotic and heart-protective properties, lowers cholesterol levels in the blood and liver, stimulates and improves the activity of the immune and hormonal systems, improves metabolism, and binds and removes slags, radionuclides and heavy metal salts from the body. Amaranth oil improves kidney and liver function, acts on the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines, improves cellular and epithelial function, destroys pathogenic cells, strengthens the body, and enhances the effect of medicines in the treatment of oncological, toxic-infectious, purulent, septic and other diseases.

Amaranth oil is suitable for the treatment of such diseases:

Cardiovascular (hypertension, angina, stroke, heart attack, etc.) 
Diabetes mellitus 
Muscular dystrophy 
Hepatic (cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, etc.) 
Skin (psoriasis, eczema, etc.) 
Metabolic disorders 
Restores and strengthens the immune system 
Trophic ulcers, bedsores, burns 

Aramanth oil
Aramanth oil

Amaranth oil is already available in pharmacies in some countries. It is still quite expensive. In the USA, 10 ml of borage oil costs about 18 US dollars. A new technology recently developed for the production of borage oil will enable it to be reduced in price. AMARANTOL SQ-C is produced in the Czech Republic (Hradec Hralove).

In St. Petersburg, a technology for the production of the unique Zdorovje borage oil has been developed. It is very effective in the treatment of various diseases. In Russia, the industrial production of borage oil has already started. In Ukraine, the ‘Ultra’ variety of borage has been bred, which has particularly good oil properties. Ms. Stogova offers two recipes for making borage oil at home. Sea buckthorn oil is produced in a similar way. Although the extract has slightly fewer active components, it is still very valuable.

Amaranth oil extract

Recipe 1. 

Lightly toast 200 g of borage seeds in a frying pan, grind them and put them in a glass or marble container, and pour 500 ml of olive oil over them. Store in a warm place for 1 month. Strain. Store in a dark, cool place.

Recipe 2. 

Grind 2 glasses of borage seeds in a mortar and pestle, put them in a dark container, and pour over 2 glasses of vegetable (sunflower or olive) oil. Store in a dark, cool place and shake daily. Then strain and squeeze out the oil and put it in the fridge to set. Once the oil has been clarified, you can use it.

Store both the oil you make and the oil you buy in the dark, well-sealed, on the bottom shelf of the fridge. This way it can keep for almost a year. When buying, be sure to read the date of manufacture and the expiry date.

Amaranth is also valuable because it contains a well-balanced complex of vitamins, macro, and micro-nutrients.

The high content of biologically active substances (rutin, amaranthine, quercetin, pro-vitamin A, vitamins C and E) makes borage indispensable for medical treatment and disease prevention.

The leaves of borage are rich in carotenoids, mainly beta-carotene (provitamin A). It is essential for maintaining good eyesight, and young and healthy skin. Rutin belongs to the class of flavonoids and has vitamin P properties, and together with ascorbic acid protects against premature vascular fragility, increases capillary permeability, and protects against hypertension. Rutin is most abundant (0,5-3,0%) in the leaves of borage. It should be noted that the carotene and ascorbic acid content of borage leaves are significantly higher than that of most vegetables.

The juicy and aromatic leaves contain pigments, pectins, and the alkaloid amaranthine. The latter has antioxidant properties, making it a good anti-cancer prophylactic, as well as being used to treat and prevent radiation and other diseases. The leaves (dry matter) contain about 10% pectin, which removes slags from the body and hence heavy metals. The alkaloids of borage are also mainly accumulated in the leaves. They have antibacterial and fungicidal properties. Both green and dried borage leaves are suitable for making teas. It is drunk with lemon and honey.

Amaranth is a dietary food for those who are allergic to the glutelin of brassicas.

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