Why is buckwheat good for your health?


    Why is buckwheat good for your health?

  • 1 Stimulated muscle growth

    Non-animal proteins, such as those from buckwheat, stimulated muscle growth in rats, according to one such study. This is good for people who want to get quality protein sources from non-animal food (see How to strengthen your core muscles).

  • 2 Strengthens capillary walls

    Buckwheat contains a glucoside called rutin, a phytochemical that strengthens capillary walls. One clinical study showed mixed results in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency.

  • 3 Doesn't contain gluten

    Buckwheat contains no gluten and may consequently be eaten by people with celiac disease or gluten allergies. Gluten sensitivities have recently been on the rise and buckwheat offers an alternative energy and protein source without triggering a bad reaction to gluten.

  • 4 Extra energy

    Around 71 to 78% of buckwheat is starch. Starch is a carbohydrate consisting of a large number of glucose units. Glucose is a sugar that fuels body cells with energy. Eating more buckwheat gives extra energy for daily activities, even intense sport activities.

  • 5 Endurance athletes will benefit

    An animal study was made to demonstrate that phenols and bioactive substances from buckwheat can decrease post-exercise effects and strain. After 28 days weights were tied to the mice's tails and they swam until they were exhausted. The more buckwheat they got, the longer they managed to hold out.

  • 6 Protection against diabetes and cardiovascular diseases

    Studies made in 1995 in China showed that buckwheat protects against diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Buckwheat intake (100 g/day) was associated with lower serum total cholesterol and low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and a higher ratio of HDL to total cholesterol.

  • 7 Further studies for reducing plasma cholesterol, body fat, and cholesterol gallstones

    High protein buckwheat flour is being studied for possible use as a functional ingredient in foods to reduce plasma cholesterol, body fat, and cholesterol gallstones.

  • 8 Plant food

    Buckwheat is a plant cultivated for its edible grain-like seeds, and also used as a cover crop. Despite the name, it's not related to wheat, as it is not a grass.

  • 9 Contains starch and essential proteins

    The chemical composition of buckwheat is starch (71–78%), proteins (18%), and minerals (iron, zinc, selenium). All of the proteins are essential, especially lysine, threonine, tryptophan, and the sulphur-containing amino acids.

  • 10 Non-GMO

    The cultivation of buckwheat grain declined sharply in the 20th century with the adoption of nitrogen fertilizer that increased the productivity of other staples. This doesn't mean the grain is bad but that other staples overtook the market share and were later changed due to GMO.