Buckwheat Seed

Buckwheat is a pseudocereal. It is not a cereal grain but can be used to make bread, poori, porridge, and cakes. Buckwheat is fruit seed. The nutritional value of buckwheat is comparable to wheat. It contains protein, carbohydrates, fat, fiber, and minerals. Starch is the major component.

Dark buckwheat flour contains more hull, and so it has more protein content compared to light buckwheat flour. Buckwheat flour should be stored in refrigerator, and should be used within 2-3 months.

It can be used as alternative to wheat.
It is gluten free, the sticky protein found in wheat, and other grains. It can be safely eaten by people with celiac disease.
It contains very high quality protein containing all 8 essential amino acids.
It contains thiamin B1, and riboflavin B2, the water soluble B complex vitamins.
It is a good source of manganese, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus.
It lowers the risk of developing diabetes.
It helps in the management of diabetes.
It is rich in insoluble fiber.
It is low in glycemic index (the relative ability of a carbohydrate food to increase the level of glucose in the blood). Low glycemic index or GI implies, there is slower rise in blood sugar level on consumption of particular food. Diabetes are recommended to take lo GI foods.
It maintains blood flow.
It lowers the risk of developing cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
It reduces low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL).
It is rich in flavonoids, particularly Rutin. Bioflavonoids Rutin a potent antioxidants, is a useful element to improve the elasticity of the veins, and helps in varicose veins.
It is excellent for the heart health.
It rich source of magnesium, an essential mineral required as a cofactor for many enzyme systems. Magnesium performs a number of critical functions in the body, such as energy production by activating ATP, for working of enzymes that break down glucose (blood sugar), production of cholesterol, breaking of fat, supporting bone health, helping muscles contract, and relax, assisting in nerve function, and keeping heart rhythm steady, and strong. Magnesium plays a multifunctional role in cell metabolism. Deficiency of Magnesium leads to cardiovascular, skeletal, gastrointestinal, and central nervous system disorders. Intake of 100 grams of cooked buckwheat provides approximately 21% of daily required magnesium.

It is warming, and aid digestion.