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Buckwheat: 12 Reasons to Love the Unsung Superfood

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Buckwheat: 12 Reasons to Love the Unsung Superfood

Unrelated to wheat, buckwheat is actually not a grain at all, but a seed of a plant related to rhubarb.  As is often the case with seeds, buckwheat’s nutritional value surpasses grains.  Here are 10 reasons to explore and love this unsung superfood.

1.  It is low on the glycemic index, preventing rapid spikes in blood sugar which causes inflammation, mood swings, and weight gain.

2.  Buckwheat has more protein than corn, millet, rice, or wheat and is high in the amino acids lysine and arginine, both of which tend to be deficient in grains and are essential for a healthy heart and strong immunity to illness.

3.  It is naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent option for celiacs, those with gluten allergies, or anyone trying to avoid gluten.

4.  Because of its amino acid content, it can boost the protein content of beans and grains eaten in the same day.

5.  Buckwheat is unsurpassed in its ability to normalize cholesterol levels.

6.  In addition to being low glycemic, its protein and fiber content help normalize blood sugar levels, a benefit to diabetics and anyone trying to lose weight.  Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that a single dose of buckwheat seed extract lowered blood glucose levels by 12-19% within 90-120 minutes.

7.  Buckwheat has been shown to work in the same way as hypertension drugs, reducing levels of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), reducing hypertension without the nasty drug side-effects.

8.  It is a good source of tryptophan which helps ensure a sound night’s sleep.

9.  It is high in rutin, a natural flavonoid that helps to extend the activity of vitamin C and other antioxidant nutrients.

10.  One cup of cooked buckwheat contains about 86 milligrams of magnesium—which boosts heart and muscle health and is necessary for the proper functioning of hundreds of enzymes in the body and therefore hundreds of processes.

11.  A study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology showed that a diet high in insoluble fiber like that found in buckwheat can help women avoid gallstones.

12.  One cup of cooked buckwheat contains almost 20% of your required daily intake of fiber.  Diets high in fiber have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Keep reading to learn 6 ways to enjoy buckwheat…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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1:27AM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Thank you :)

9:44AM PDT on May 30, 2013

Thanks

7:18AM PDT on May 12, 2013

I like it and I eat it whenever possible. I didn't know it has a lot of virtues. Thanks for sharing this very intersting article

10:39AM PDT on May 9, 2013

Thank you for the information.

2:20AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Thanks for the information.

3:06PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

informative

10:25AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

I didn't know Kasha was made from buckwheat. Thank you

2:40PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

interesting

12:06PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

I really didn't know what buckwheat was although I have heard of it. Now I'm going to check it out further!

3:57AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Good to know. Thanks.

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