Despite it’s name, buckwheat is far from the wheat family. In fact, it is a gluten free seed that is related to the rhubarb plant.
Buckwheat is definitely a top superfood and if it’s not already part of your diet, it will be after you read this.
Here are the top 6 ways Buckwheat works its magic:
1.) BOOSTS YOUR MOOD & REDUCES STRESS AND ANXIETY
Buckwheat is very effective when it comes to the health of your brain and mind. It is calming, relaxing and has been shown to boost your mood. It also helps SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) and it may help reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia, psychosis, mental disturbances, stress, moodiness and anxiety.
This is because buckwheat is an excellent source of tryptophan which helps us to release serotonin. Serotonin is that feel good chemical that makes us feel happy and relaxed.
Buckwheat is also an excellent source of calcium and magnesium which also helps relaxation, tired and achy muscles and cramps.
2.) REDUCES RADIATIVE STRESS
Buckwheat helps to reduce radiative stress from too much time in front of the computer, in aeroplanes, near the microwave or too much cell phone use.
This is because of the antioxidant, rutin which is found in abundance in buckwheat. In studies, rutin has been shown to protect against radiation by reversing DNA cell damage. Rutin is also effective at stimulating new bone marrow, reducing the oxidation of cholesterol and fighting off cancers.
3.) HIGH IN PROTEIN & B VITAMINS
One cup of buckwheat contains about 23g of protein making it excellent for vegetarians, vegans or anyone looking to increase their protein intake. Because of its high protein intake, buckwheat will keep you feeling fuller for longer and will reduce sugary cravings.
Buckwheat also contains an impressive list of B vitamins including, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Biotin, Choline, Folate and Pantothenic Acid.
4.) PROMOTES HEALTH BLOOD & REDUCES HEAVY METAL TOXICITY
Buckwheat is often known as a “blood building food” due to high levels of iron, B vitamins and antioxidants. Buckwheat has been shown to stimulate blood flow and enhance circulation which helps to reduce weakened blood vessels, hemorrhoids and varicose veins. Buckwheat is also a natural ACE inhibitor, which helps to naturally reduce blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. It has also been shown to reduce heavy metals in the blood.
5.) REDUCES HIGH BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
In lab studies, Buckwheat was able to reduce high blood sugar levels due to its high fiber content and the presence of a carbohydrate compound called D-chiro-inositol. In the body, this compound plays a role in controlling insulin and energy levels and buckwheat is a rich source.
6.) IT’S ANTI-INFLAMMATORY & REDUCES ALLERGIES
Buckwheat is a natural anti-inflammatory and also a natural antihistamine due to its high antioxidant and Vitamin E content. Because of its hypoallergenic properties, buckwheat shells are often used in bed stuffings. One study also showed that buckwheat was effective in treating allergy induced asthma in children by 50 percent.
You can purchase buckwheat at most major supermarkets however be aware of imitation buckwheat products, that is, products that claim to be buckwheat but are really comprised of other grains with a tiny pinch of buckwheat thrown in at the end.
Buckwheat can be purchased raw, dehydrated, sprouted, roasted, as flour and as noodles.