Amaranth or rajgira means “immortal” or “everlasting” in Greek because it contains more than three times the average amount of calcium and is also high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and it is the only grain which contains Vitamin C. Rajgira also has far more lysine, an essential amino acid, which the body does not manufacture, compared to other grains. Lysine is needed to metabolise fatty acids, absorb calcium, and is essential for strong, thick hair.
Rajgira also reduces one’s risk of osteoporosis, because it has twice the amount of calcium as milk. It is also full o f antioxidants, vitamin C, E, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, which are necessary for overall health. Research also shows that it can be used to suppress hunger because the protein reduces insulin levels in the blood stream and releases a hormone that makes curtails hunger. Many experts also believe that consuming rajgira on a daily basis, can help improve one’s eyesight and is also good for one’s complexion. Besides, Amaranth is also easy to digest because of the presence of amino acids, which makes it perfect for people who are just coming off fasts.
Rajgira (Amaranth) or Ramdana, as it is popularly known in Northern India is a power house of nutrients. This grain migrated to India from America, and became an important part of our fasting ritual. Rajgira is a good source of calcium, protein and amino acids and is rich in iron, magnesium and Vitamin A, B and C too. This grain, which is only remembered during Navratri and Ganesh Chaturthi, should be included in our regular diet for the numerous benefits it offers.