You may be surprised to learn that buckwheat is not a grain crop, but seeds from the fruit of a plant in the rhubarb family. It is very nutritious and contains all 8 essential amino acids, of which lysine is best represented. Buckwheat is also rich in fibers, vitamins from the B group, vitamin E, A and C, as well as folic acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and phosphorus. It is an excellent source of alpha-linoleic acid that decreases blood sugar levels and is especially suitable for diabetics. Buckwheat also regulates high blood pressure and cholesterol. It is gluten free!
Buckwheat sprouts contain up to 16% readily assimilable amino acids, including the beneficial essential amino acids arginine and lysine, 30% carbohydrates, 3% fat, fiber, malic, citric and oxalic acid, the vitamins B, B1, B2, PP (rutin), P, and E, and the minerals iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, boron, iodine, nickel and cobalt. Buckwheat nourishes the skin, hair and nails. It is rich in flavonoids which contribute to the delay of ageing processes. Buckwheat sprouts help with cardiovascular and liver diseases. They contribute to the elimination of cholesterol from the blood stream and heavy metal ions. The nutrients contained in buckwheat decrease the permeability and brittleness of the vascular walls and aid in the prevention of varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Buckwheat is also recommended for rheumatism and arthritis, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and decreased function of the thyroid gland. It improves blood circulation, while supporting the immune system and eyesight.