“One of the Healthiest Foods on the Planet”
Buckwheat is a seed not a grain which is not well known in the US. But buckwheat is very healthy and contains lots of protein. Buckwheat makes a wonderful gluten free flour which is high in protein and contains lots of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds and it’s great for diabetics. In fact during WWII millions of people survived on buckwheat.
Where it Grows – Buckwheat is not a grain but a seed and it’s actually related to sorrel and rhubarb and grows in cooler climates all over the world. Russia grows lots of buckwheat and Japan, Korea, in the North East part of the US, South Africa, Nepal, Brazil, Tanzania, and about 30 countries around the globe so it’s pretty wide spread.
Great Taste – Buckwheat has a wonderful rich sweet flavor which is kind of nutty.
Lots of Protein – Buckwheat contains up to 18% protein which is pretty amazing and it contains 18 different amino acids including some essential and none essential proteins. And it also contains tryptophan, lysine, valine, and other important proteins. In fact buckwheat has more protein than rice, wheat, millet, corn, and most of the other cereals— other than quinoa which has slightly more.
Great for Vegans and Vegetarians – Buckwheat contains lots of protein making it important for those who are vegans and vegetarians… and should be consumed weekly.
Lowers Cholesterol – Buckwheat contains lots of powerful antioxidants which help to lower cholesterol especially LDL or bad cholesterol.
Powerful Antioxidants – Buckwheat contains rutin which is a very powerful antioxidant which helps to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer. And it also helps to slow the aging process and prevent and repair DNA damage. And buckwheat also contains glutathione S-transferase, quercetin, and glutathione peroxidase antioxidants.
Low Glycemic Index – Buckwheat has a low glycemic index of 45 which is great for diabetics.
Helps with Diabetes – Buckwheat lowers glucose by almost 20%. And buckwheat also seems to work like insulin in the body and helps our cells to become more sensitive to glucose which is important for anyone with insulin resistance. And buckwheat also contains D-chiro inositol which is important for insulin resistance.
Lots of Magnesium – Buckwheat contains lots of magnesium and manganese which also helps with diabetes. Studies done with thousands of people showed that magnesium rich foods lowered the chances of coming down with diabetes by up to 30%.
Prevents Cardiovascular Disease – Buckwheat also contains lignans which help creates more probiotics in our gut and thus helping to prevent disease in general and protect against heart failure.
Lots of Fiber – One cup of buckwheat contains about 5 grams of fiber which is even more than oatmeal. Making buckwheat important for lowering cholesterol and for growing great probiotic bacteria in our gut.
Gluten Free Food – Buckwheat is not related to wheat and does not contain gluten… thus it works well for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.
Anti-inflammatory – Buckwheat is a very good anti-inflammatory agent making it great for anyone with inflammation of the GI tract, arthritis, joint pain, swelling, redness, and other inflammatory diseases… and inflammation is the first step towards disease.
Lots of B Vitamins – Buckwheat contains a good source of B Vitamins which is important for good mood and vitality.
Lots of Iron – Buckwheat is also a good source of iron and copper for anemia which is very important for plant based diets. One cup of buckwheat supplies 7% of our daily allowances of dietary iron.
Also Contains – Buckwheat also contains good carbs for vital energy, phosphorus for strong bones, and zinc for a healthy immune system.
Resistant Starches – Buckwheat along with green bananas and some other plants contain resistant starches which help with the growth of probiotic bacteria.
Using – Buckwheat makes a tasty flour for baking all kinds of great baked goods. And buckwheat groats are wonderful as a breakfast cereal and can be used in soups, stews, in stir fries, and much more.
Recipes – Google “Plant Based Buckwheat Recipes” and lots of wonderful buckwheat recipes will come up.
Finding – Most supermarkets have buckwheat flour and groats. And buckwheat can also be found on-line, on Amazon, and Ebay.
Many Blessings to Everyone
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist
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