Buckwheat or Kasha the roasted grain is
not very popular in the U.S. anymore. It is very known and
used in many other countries especially Japan. Buckwheat contains a
variety of healthy compounds
which include flavonoids which in studies has help in cancer
prevention. It is well know that
flavonoids make it difficult for cancer promoting hormones to attach
to healthy cells. It maybe able
to help prevent damage to DNA strains that help normal cell division.
The rutin in buckwheat play an important role in helping platelets from
clumping together. Buckwheat
helps keep your blood flowing which reduces the chance of a heart
attack or stroke. This could
explain why many people in China have low levels of bad cholesterol
since they consume large amounts
of buckwheat. Rutin has been reported to stabilize blood and help with
amounts of fluid in the body.
This may help lower blood pressure. Research has shown that flavonoids
combined with vitamin E which
both are found in buckwheat can help neutralize dangerous free
radicals in the fatty portion of
People the eat low to no meat can benefit greatly from buckwheat. It is
known as the very best grain
source of high quality protein which we need to heal wounds and brain
power. It also helps us to
lower cholesterol. In experiments animals that were fed buckwheat had
lower cholesterol levels then
the animals that did not eat it. Buckwheat is also an essential source
of nutrients rich in minerals
especially magnesium, zink and copper. It also helps to control blood
sugar levels. This is good for
everyone to keep their blood sugar levels under control. Buckwheat is
free of gluten so you can eat
as much as you want.
When you cook are bake add a little buckwheat flour to almost any recipe
that calls for regular flour.
If you are making wheat bread, use half buckwheat flour to add a
unique, nut like flavor and darker
color. Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods low in
total fat, saturated fat and
cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers.