-- By Jonathan Margalit

Besides being known for its beautiful cascading flowers, amaranth's nutritional secrets were known to Mesoamerican civilizations for millennia. The secrets? Amaranth has nutrient-rich high energy seeds that researchers in the 1970s began studying. The results inspired further research into amaranth, revealing a world of health benefits.

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1. Amaranth Contains Potential Cancer Preventatives

While amaranth is rich in everyday nutrients, molecular biologists are studying these flower seeds for cancer prevention properties. In 2008, Mexican researchers discovered that amaranth contains significant amounts of lunasin-like peptides. Commonly found in plants like soybeans, lunasin is a peptide with potential anti-cancer properties. Lunasin is also an anti-inflammatory, helping with symptoms of chronic diseases like diabetes. In addition, lunasin peptides have been proven to decrease harmful levels of cholesterol (LDL) while increasing the body's amount of beneficial cholesterol (HDL).

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2. Amaranth is Naturally Gluten-Free

Celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people globally, with over 2 million living undiagnosed in the United States alone. Besides the well-known celiac disease, more and more otherwise healthy adults are diagnosed worldwide with other gluten-related disorders every year. The only treatment is a gluten-free diet. Like other pseudo-cereal grains, amaranth is naturally free of the problematic proteins found in commercially mass-produced grains like wheat and barley making it a great substitute.

3. Amaranth is Packed with Protein

Amaranth isn't just a great alternative to cereal grains, it rivals some animal-based foods in the amount of protein stored in each serving. "[Amaranth] has truly remarkable protein content: cup for cup, 28.1 grams of protein compared to the 26.3 grams in oats and 13.1 grams in rice," explains best-selling author and dietary expert Dr. Joseph Mercola.

Besides protein, amaranth is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, and manganese. This ancient-grain has more than half of the recommended daily value of Vitamin B6 and as Dr. Mercola notes, "Amaranth is the only grain with documented vitamin C content." Amazingly, amaranth also packs 10% more fiber than wild grain rice.

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4. Amaranth Makes a Great Snack

Today, amaranth is commonly boiled like rice, milled to make a type of flour, or added as a thickener to soups. Around the world, busy moms prepare amaranth as a simple bland breakfast porridge. Interestingly, the ancient-grain pops, without oil, to make an Aztec version of miniature popcorn. In Mexico, street vendors mix the popped seeds with honey, nuts, and other naturally sweet ingredients for a healthy Rice Krispie-esque treat. While delicious, these methods are messy and time consuming – which makes the convenience of Complete Start so great.

5. Amaranth is One of Complete Start's Key Ingredients

Amaranth clearly belongs next to the best superfoods like quinoa and flaxseed. However, not all stores carry this amazing ancient staple. Thankfully, Complete Start Breakfast Shakes contain amaranth among other natural ingredients and are conveniently delivered directly to you, eliminating the need to hunt the aisles.

Complete Start shakes are the easiest way to get the protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals your body deserves, and with flavors like Rich Mocha, are a delicious way to greet every sunrise. Complete Start is an organic, gluten-free, non-GMO breakfast shake that starts your morning the right way – the natural way. Complete Start, the Complete Start way of life.

Shop the different Complete Start Breakfast shakes here.

Celiac.org – What is Celiac Disease
Mercola.com – What is Amaranth Good For
Self.com – Nutrition Data for Uncooked Amaranth
Forbes.com - Rediscovering Amaranth, The Aztec Superfood
WholeGrainsCouncil.org - Health Benefits of Amaranth
Lunasin.com – What is Lunasin

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