The Ultimate Guide to Buckwheat: Health Benefits, Uses, and Growing Conditions

Author: Yean Toh | Published date: June 21, 2024 | Category: Nutrition

Buckwheat: An Overview

Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat. Nor is it related to any other grain, because while the rest belong to the grass family, buckwheat is a plant with heart-shaped leaves.

Growing Conditions and Climate Suitability

Buckwheat grows in cold places like the Northern parts of Europe, Asia, and America, as well as in New Zealand. Because it grows in cold climates, one important property of buckwheat is that it warms the body. It may not be suitable for regular consumption in hot climates but may be helpful for those who feel weak and lack body warmth due to illness.

Health Benefits of Buckwheat

Cardiovascular Healtht

Studies have found that buckwheat supports cardiovascular health due to its high content of rutin and other phytonutrients, as well as magnesium. These nutrients help maintain blood flow, prevent blood clots, and protect cholesterol from harmful oxidation.

Diabetes Management

Buckwheat also helps prevent diabetes and manage its symptoms. In one study, Canadian researchers found that an extract of buckwheat significantly lowered blood glucose levels in laboratory animals with induced diabetes.

Popular Forms and Uses of Buckwheat

Most people today know buckwheat in the form of Japanese soba noodles, which are produced from buckwheat flour. Buckwheat pancake mixes are another popular buckwheat food. Whole buckwheat groats can be purchased at health stores and can be cooked on their own or mixed with other grains.

This content is adapted, with permission, from Book 1 of 2 : The Wonders of Nutrition by Dr Ang Poon Liat. MBBS, M.MED (PAED), MRCP (UK PAED), FAMS, MD.



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