DIABETIC FRIENDLY. Being low in calories and fat free, buckwheat is an ideal food for diabetic patients. Buckwheat contains a medicinal chemical which strengthens capillary walls and reduces haemorrhage, thus lowering the risk of fatal strokes and heart attacks in people with high blood pressure and diabetes. It improves micro vascular integrity and circulation in diabetics, thus preventing the damage of nerves and muscle cells and loss of kidney function. D-chiro-inositol is a compound that is deficient in type II diabetic patients. This compound is required for proper conduction of insulin for controlling and treating type II diabetes. Buckwheat also contains D-chiro-inositol.
REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE. Buckwheat is a good source of magnesium which is instrumental in improving blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure naturally without the use of harmful chemicals. 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.
CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH. Being rich in B vitamins, particularly niacin, folate and vitamin B6, buckwheat is highly beneficial for the cardiovascular health. These vitamins reduce the concentration of cholesterol in the blood. Niacin causes an increase in high density lipoproteins (HDL) which further enhance the blood vessel strength and cholesterol removal. The minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese help in reducing blood pressure and improving blood oxygenation. Buckwheat contains high quality proteins which remove the plaque forming triglycerides and low density lipoproteins (LDL). Thus buckwheat is highly beneficial for people with weak heart functions and other cardiovascular problems.
PROTECTION AGAINST BREAST CANCER. Research has proved that eating a diet rich in fiber from whole grains such as buckwheat reduces the risk of breast cancer. In fact, pre-menopausal women eating wholegrain fiber are at a lower risk of developing breast cancer. The antioxidant properties of buckwheat are often used as an antidote for x-ray irradiators. The antioxidants, lignans play an important role in estrogen reception and hence are beneficial for women during or after their menopause. The plant lignans are converted into mammalian lignans in the intestines. One of these called enterolactone is believed to protect against breast cancer and other forms of cancer related to hormones.
PREVENTS GALLSTONES. Being high in insoluble fiber, buckwheat can help in preventing gallstones. Insoluble fiber speeds up the movement of food through the intestines, increases insulin sensitivity but lowers the secretion of bile acids and blood sugar.
LIVER DISORDERS. Being rich in minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and manganese and having high flavonoids content, buckwheat is very effective in curing low hemoglobin and frequent colds and flu. Due to its high content of vitamin B complex, buckwheat is often recommended to people suffering from liver disorders and illnesses which require them to restrict their consumption of sugary substances.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND 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%.
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.
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 contains tryptophan which influences the mood in a positive manner, thus making happy and preventing depression. 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.
PROMOTES HEALTH BLOOD AND 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.