Typically overshadowed by more popular super foods like açaí and kale, buckwheat is an underutilized health powerhouse. A distant relative to both rhubarb and sorrel, buckwheat is a grain-like fruit seed that is derived from a flowering plant. It’s not only nutrient rich, but is also gluten-free (which is great for those at KOR with wheat sensitivities). Below we’ve listed the top nutrients found in buckwheat along with a description of how each can benefit your overall health.
1) Magnesium: One cup of buckwheat each day provides 21% of your daily value of magnesium, which can be instrumental in improving blood pressure without medication. By relaxing blood vessels and aiding in circulation, magnesium will also leave your skin looking radiant and youthful.
2) B Vitamins & Protein: Rich in niacin, folate, and vitamin B6, buckwheat is a great staple for people with cardiovascular health issues. These B vitamins help to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood, while raising HDL levels. The protein in buckwheat also removes plaque-forming triglycerides and LDL, aiding the work of B Vitamins.
3) Antioxidants & Fiber: Like many of the other super foods, buckwheat is loaded with antioxidants and whole grain fiber. This combination plays a huge role in women’s health and may reduce the risk of breast cancer.
4) Rutin: A flavonoid found in many plants, including buckwheat, rutin protects your body from inflammation and cell damage. Most importantly, rutin improves blood circulation and can help treat high blood pressure.
5) Lysine: Just one of the eight essential amino acids in buckwheat, lysine helps to produce collagen and contains antiviral properties that can help prevent or get rid of viruses.
Whether you decide to cook it, sprout it or bake it, buckwheat is extremely versatile. Perfect for those with either gluten allergies or diabetes, buckwheat can be made into buckwheat flour, used in granola, or eaten as cereal for a filling breakfast. We at KOR recommend using buckwheat flour to make an earthy and nutty version of pancakes.