Amaranth (Bonongwe) – Amaranth leaves and stems are good economic sources of carotenoids, proteins, including the essential amino acids methionine and lysine, dietary fiber and minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and manganese. The nutrients in amaranth can offer significant health benefits as a part of a healthy diet. It’s a source of vitamin C, which is vital to the body’s healing process because it helps process iron, form blood vessels, repair muscle tissue, and maintain collagen. Amaranth is used for ulcers, diarrhea, swelling of the mouth or throat, and high cholesterol. In foods, amaranth is used as a pseudocereal.