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Amaranth – Ancient Golden Treasure

Amaranth is the common name for more than 60 different species of amaranthus crop, which are usually very tall plants with broad green leaves and impressively bright purple, red, or gold flowers. Amongst these there are three species that are commonly grown for consumption — Amaranthus cruenus, Amaranthus hypochondriacus, and Amaranthus caudatus.Amaranth backs its origin to the natives of Central & South America. This 4000-5000BC old crop was famous amongst the royals & was a common feature of religious practices. Definitely, looking at its popularity then we can understand the strength that this crop can be associated with, gaining its importance in an era of extreme physical activities as the main source of living like farming & hunting.

It is believed that Amaranth dated its history back in India some 500 years ago through the route of trade from Africa. Since then this crop became the very source of energy for many Indians & is regarded as a Satvik food source according to Ayurveda. Satvik as the word suggest means pure & healthy.

Today, this beautiful golden & bountiful seed grown throughout India from the high slopes of the Himalayas to the many other regions of the country. Several Amaranth varieties are also grown throughout the country, however, the Himalayan region is mainly known as the Amaranth ‘centre for diversity’ for the number of varieties that are been cultivated. This crop is also a native species to the Andean region of South America; including Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. Amaranth is a crop valued for its medicinal, healing properties and as a gluten-free product. This high in fibre crop can be used in combination with wheat, corn or brown rice to get the goodness of a complete meal full of proteins fibres, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium & vitamin C. It has protein levels as high as found in fish, red meat or poultry & has more than three times the amount of Calcium. It’s an easy grain to digest & considered as prime source of energy during fasts. In India, Amaranth is mostly consumed during fasts as it can provide the much needed strength to the body & keep us fresh & energetic. Amaranth is consumed as both vegetable & a grain. Amaranth leaves are also considered to have healing properties & are used mostly by the Africans & Chinese in their cooking. It is also believed to help improve the eye-sight. This crop indeed yields gold & its golden benefits today are widely accepted all over the world!

United States of America ranks as the major consumer of Amaranth Seeds, followed by Canada & Netherlands. Incidentally, USA is also the largest producer of Amaranth crop as well as the largest importer.  At present, India is the largest exportee of Amaranth seeds. India has the most conducive climate for the growth of Amaranth as the crop responds well to high sunlight & warm temperatures. This year 2015-16 India exported Amaranth Seeds worth USD 1,138,974.  At Organic Products India, every year as per available data, on around 10,000 Hectare of field amaranth crops are been cultivated and the yield is near to 2.5 MT / Hectare. The monthly production for Amaranth Seeds at Organic Products India marks to almost 960 MT.  We are a proud exporter of Amaranth Seeds from India & biggest player of Amaranth seeds. We export near to 70% of Amaranth every year of the total exports made out of India. We are proud exporter and the supplier of this wholesome superfood to the world, trying to restore its nutritional values & keeping Andean properties just the same as were when it was first discovered!

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Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices are the essence of many cuisines around the world. With a multitude of rich cultures criss-crossing, there is scope for understanding and trying out herbs and spices. However, these herbs and spice we speak of don’t just belong in your kitchen for their ability to enhance taste. These materials that come from stems, barks, trunks, leaves, etc, have tremendous medicinal properties. They were used to cure illnesses back since ancient times and are still used a lot today.

Apart from providing flavor, herbs, spices, and seeds have immense health benefits. Here are a few that are commonly used:

  1. Sesame seeds –Who knew these little seeds could do wonders for your body? Sesame seeds contain natural oils that have the ability to reduce cardiac stress, help reduce blood pressure, reduce chances of diabetes, and improve bone health as well as digestion. It has protein that boosts metabolism. One of the compounds of sesame seeds, sesimol, is known to protect DNA from the harmful radiations of chemotherapy.
  2. Amarnath seeds –A plant that was worshipped in Aztec cultures for thousands of years, amaranth seeds are similar to maize and wheat. Its grains have great nutritional value, and is widely loved because it of its gluten-free properties. It contains abundant amounts of protein that is good for health, and has antioxidant properties that reduce inflammation, thus reducing one’s chances of gout, arthritis, etc. It contains Vitamin K, which is essential for maintaining cardiovascular health. It helps reduce bad cholesterol in the heart. One major use of amaranth seeds is for pregnant mothers, since folate deficiency can affect a newborn. The seed has properties that reduce one’s appetite, leading to a natural and healthy weight loss process.
  3. Cumin seeds –Who doesn’t love the taste of jeera in steamed rice, gravies and soups? Cumin is much more than its flavor. Primarily, cumin seeds are great for digestion. On the same note, cumin seeds have dietary fiber acts as a wonderful laxative for piles. One surprising thing you didn’t know about this seed is that it is a natural relaxant, which actually helps ease insomnia. It has a smooth effect on the brain, which makes it a stress-reliever. Apart from this, cumin seeds contain abundant iron, which helps patients with anemia. The iron is also essential for production of hemoglobin, which is required for a healthy blood flow in the body.
  4. Mustard seeds –Did you know that mustard seeds happen to hold importance in preventing cervical and colon cancer? Well, now you do. Mustard seeds help ease respiratory diseases and cure bronchitis. It helps control diabetes and lowers cholesterol. These seeds are also good for women going through menopause by improving their bone health. Believe it or not, but mustard seeds even have qualities that reduce the effect of poison in the body!
  5. Fenugreek seedsThey might not be liked by everyone owing to their bitter taste, but its health benefits may change your mind. Women, take note: fenugreek seeds help ease menstrual cramps. The chemicals they release are similar to estrogen, which curb mood swings, sweating, bouts of hunger and cramps in menopausal women. Aside from this, fenugreek seeds are good for the heart; they help diabetics, relieve stomach trouble, and are helpful for kidney problems.
  6. Coriander seeds –Sadly, they have been seen solely as a garnishing herb, but this paragraph is about to change that. Coriander seeds are effective in fighting bad breath and preventing mouth ulcers. They are also known to be helpful in lowering cholesterol levels, clearing fungal and other skin infections, and to reduce allergies caused due to various reasons. These seeds have antibiotic properties that help fight foodborne viruses like salmonella.

These were few of the many herbs, spices and seeds we use every day that have the power to keep our body working like a well-oiled machine. Some other substances include cardamom, garlic, ginger, black pepper, turmeric, basil, and mint leaves.