Buckwheat is a wonderful health-giving food that provides a nutritious, protein-packed, gluten-free alternative to grains like wheat.
Buckwheat is not a cereal grain but rather a fruit. It is a seed that is closely related to rhubarb.
Buckwheat is high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins and manganese. It also contains lignans (plant chemicals with estrogen activity), such as enterolactone, which is associated with protecting against breast cancer. It contains the beneficial antioxidants Vitamin E, selenium, phenolic acids and phytic acid.
This beneficial seed contains all eight essential amino acids, making it one of the few vegetarian sources of complete protein.
Buckwheat also contains flavonoids such as rutin, which helps to maintain proper blood flow, and that strengthens the smallest blood vessels. Therefore buckwheat makes a wonderful superfood for those with varicose veins, hardening of the arteries, or thread veins.
Buckwheat contains almost 86 milligrams of magnesium in a one-cup serving. Magnesium relaxes blood vessels, helping to improve blood flow and nutrient delivery while lowering blood pressure - the perfect combination for a healthy cardiovascular system.
Rats and mice that were fed buckwheat flour had less body fat, and fewer gallstones than mice that were not fed buckwheat flour. Prematurely aging rats that were fed buckwheat flour had improved immune cell function compared to those who didn't consume it.
A study done on diabetic rats found that buckwheat concentrate added to rat food decreased their glucose levels by twelve to nineteen percent after eating.
Buckwheat studies on humans are also showing promise- for appetite control. A study in 2005 found that people felt fuller after consuming buckwheat compared to other grains.
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