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Identification, adaptability, phytochemical and nutritional potential of Slender amaranth: A review

. Shah Masaud Khan, Shujaat Ali, Ijaz Hussain, Naveed Ul Haq, Sania Begum, Syed Awais Ali, Abid Kamal, Ammad Amin, Syed Najeeb Ullah Taran, Abid Mehmood, Abdullah, Talmiz Ur Rahman and Amjid Khan


Slender amaranth (Amaranthus viridis) has an excellent geographic adaptability to a wide range of environmental conditions such as rapid growth, increased drought tolerance and environmental adaptation, enhanced nutritional value, pleasant taste, a low risk of crop failure, there is adequate opportunity for its widespread cultivation on a broad scale. It is an excellent source of proximate carotenoids, dietary fibre, and beneficial compounds that have a significant role as natural antioxidants, minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium and phytopigments. A. viridis has high concentrations of phytochemicals, protein, carbohydrate, ash, fibre, vitamins, minerals with well-documented health and industrial benefits. Essential oils, which include high concentrations of triterpenoids, saponins, flavonoids, steroids, phenols, and tannins have been a presence in antioxidants which prevent from various diseases, have antiallergic, anticancer and antihypertensive. Slender amaranth is used as a wild vegetable. The present article may be useful for further research of interest due to its nutritional values, medicinal properties, rapid growth, adaptability to unfavourable climate and soil conditions, resistance to drought.

Key Words: Adaptability, Essential oils, Nutritional values, Slender amaranth, 

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