Watch out Quinoa! Amaranth coming through! An analysis of the proteins in amaranth seed found that many have potent antioxidant, cholesterol-lowering, antidiabetic, antiatherosclerotic, anticancer, and blood pressure lowering activity.

Amaranth comes from native American plants which produce tiny grain-like seeds that are high in protein. The seed is said to be a major food crop in areas of South America before Europeans arrived (the young leaves are also edible and nutritious).