Amaranth

Optimal Result: 0 - 1.8 ELISA Index.

Antigen Made From:

Amaranth flour

Associated With:

- Allergy

Known Cross-Reactions:

Quinoa, Rice, Sunflower; Insulin, Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase-65; Triiodothyronine (T3)

Clinical Significance:

The presence of antibodies to Amaranth is an indication of food immune reactivity. The offending food and its known cross-reactive foods should be eliminated from the diet. Amaranth is considered a beneficial food, especially for patients with cardiovascular disease and hypertension, due to its ability to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.

Amaranth is also an excellent anti-oxidant. Amaranth labeled by the scientific community as a non-allergenic food, however, allergy to Amaranth has been reported. If a recently diagnosed gluten-reactive patient exhibits high levels of antibodies to Amaranth, it may be
due to the late introduction of Amaranth into the diet.

References:

1. Mozzicato and Bedard. Anaphylaxis to an Organic Health Food Cereal: Amaranth Allergy. (2009, October). Poster presented
at: 2009 New England Society of Allergy Fall Meeting: Boston, MA and 2009 Connecticut ACP Annual Scientific and Associates
Meeting: Southington, CT.

2. Aphalo et al. Surface physicochemical properties of globulin-P amaranth protein. J Agric Food Chem, 2004; 52:616-622.

3. Czerwinski et al. Oat (Avena sativa L.) and amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) meals positively affect plasma lipid profile in
rats fed cholesterol-containing diets. J Nutr Biochem, 2004; 15:622-629.

4. Martirosyan et al. Amaranth oil application for coronary heart disease and hypertension. Lipids Health Dis, 2007; 6(1):1-12.

5. Kharrazian, et al. Detection of islet cell immune reactivity with low glycemic index foods: is this a concern for type 1 diabetes? J
Diabetes Res, 2017; 2017:4124967.

6. Kharrazian, et al. Immunological reactivity using monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies of autoimmune thyroid target sites with
dietary proteins. J Thyroid Res, 2017; 2017:4354723.

What does it mean if your Amaranth result is too high?

The presence of antibodies to Amaranth is an indication of food immune reactivity. The offending food and its known cross-reactive foods should be eliminated from the diet. Amaranth is considered a beneficial food, especially for patients with cardiovascular disease and hypertension, due to its ability to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.

Amaranth is also an excellent anti-oxidant. Amaranth labeled by the scientific community as a non-allergenic food, however, allergy to Amaranth has been reported. If a recently diagnosed gluten-reactive patient exhibits high levels of antibodies to Amaranth, it may be
due to the late introduction of Amaranth into the diet.

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