The Benefits of Buckwheat

A good way to turn your smoothie into a nutritional powerhouse is by adding sprouted buckwheat. Buckwheat is gluten free and a complete source of protein with all essential amino acids. This is an excellent choice for diabetics because it is a complex carbohydrate which slows the absorption of glucose into the blood, thus stabilizing blood sugar levels. The fiber in it helps you to feel fuller longer, while the rich source of iron it provides carries oxygen throughout your blood. If you don’t get enough oxygen in your body, then you become fatigued. 

Buckwheat can also decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis due to its high amount of calcium and boron which hardens the bones. You can even lower high blood pressure or cholesterol by adding these to your diet. It’s also a good source for phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, Omega-3, and B-vitamins.

 Buckwheat can improve your memory and all around help you think clearer due to the amount of lecithin it contains. Our brains are made up of about 30% lecithin, which is a fatty acid that helps the body utilize the nutrients we need to think clearer and improve nerve function.

By sprouting the grain, you break down the enzyme inhibitors making the vitamins more bioavailable which allows them to be absorbed easier. Sprouting also increases the amount of vitamins and releases more antioxidants that are stored in the seed.

Luckily, it’s super easy to sprout your own grains! Just add some to a jar with enough water to cover them and let them soak for about 6-8 hrs or overnight. Drain the water and rinse about 2-3 times. Then you can either place in a colander with a bowl underneath to catch the remaining water or you can place them in a jar, cover with a cheesecloth and angle it in a bowl to allow the water to drip out. Rinse and drain every 3-4 hours for about 24-48hours.

 Add 1-2 Tbsp to a smoothie with a frozen banana, almond milk, and a few dashes of cinnamon.

~Lindsay Rehker 

Owner, Smooth-ease LLC  

References

http://www.diannecraft.org/improving-your-memory-with-lecithin/

http://www.foodmatters.com/article/buckwheat-sprouts-nutritional-facts-and-recipe

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