Amaranth or terere as it is popularly known in Kenya is quite common both in the rural and urban areas. Most Kenyans, though, eat the leaves oblivious of the many health benefits of eating the grains as well. If you are wondering in what form to consume the grains, they are usually sold as flour in most supermarkets and you can use it to make chapatis, porridge or doughnuts.
7 amazing health benefits of terere
Terere for life
Let’s have a look at some of the health benefits of consuming amaranth:
1. Strong and healthy bones
As we grow old, the bones weaken. Eating foods that are rich in Calcium will help keep your bones strong and healthy keeping you safe from bone-related diseases. Apart from drinking milk, eating amaranth leaves is a great way to obtain Calcium. In fact, very few vegetables have a rich amount of Calcium as amaranth leaves.
2. Heart health
Heart diseases are very common nowadays and it’s worrying. A good lifestyle is one way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Amaranth lowers bad cholesterol and also has vitamin K which is known to be great for heart health.
3. Eye health
Not everyone is into the slimy nature of amaranth but for the sake of your health, sometimes you just have to focus on the positive side. Terere has lutein which helps with better vision and prevents macular and degeneration disease.
4. Healthy hair
Most of us are conscious about our hair and who loves a bald head anyway? To strengthen your strands, extract juice from amaranth leaves and apply it directly on your hair. An amino acid known as lysine will do the magic of strengthening and preventing hair loss.
5. Digestive health
The high amounts of fiber in amaranth promote smooth digestion and prevents gastrointestinal problems.
6. Ideal for pregnant women
Folate deficiency during pregnancy leads to birth defects. Pregnant women must, therefore, consume foods that are rich in folate such as terere.
7. Great source of proteins
Of the many grains available in the market, amaranth grains are one of the richest sources of proteins.
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