Keep your eyes out for this new oil. I expect it to become a highly sought-after addition to a heart-healthy diet. It not only reduced total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides in more than 100 patients with heart disease. It either decreased or eliminated headaches. And it reduced or completely relieved weakness, fatigue, and edema in the legs.
The researchers gave all of the participants in this study a low-sodium, healthy diet. When they added this oil to their diet, both their cholesterol and blood pressure dropped in just three weeks. The oil plus a healthy diet was more effective than the healthy diet alone.
This is not just another plant oil. It is high in linoleic acid, one of the important omega-3 fats. Even more important, it?s particularly high in a substance called squalene. And researchers believe that the squalene is at least partially responsible for dramatic improvements in blood lipids (fats).
The oil I?m talking about comes from amaranth, a high-protein grain prized by the Aztecs and used as a staple in their diet. Many companies are marketing foods with amaranth to people who want or need to avoid wheat. But amaranth?s health benefits go way beyond this application. Its oil may be the most beneficial part of the plant. I predict that amaranth oil will soon be one of the most valuable new functional foods on the market.
The benefits of amaranth oil may be due to the interaction of its linoleic acid, squalene, and other nutrients. When you see it on the shelves of your local health food store, pick up a bottle and give it a try. It?s good for your heart.
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Make sure that any amaranth oil you buy is extracted without chemicals. Many companies, using the oil for cosmetics, extract the oil using hexane, a chemical similar to acetone. Hexane can be toxic. Nu-World is one company that uses no chemicals.
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Dr. Janet Zand
Martirosyan, DM, et al, "Amaranth oil application for coronary heart disease and hypertension," lipids Health Dis, January 2007.