The benefits of buckwheat have been known to people for a very long time, since it has been cultivated for more than 5000 years.
Buckwheat is a plant of the buckwheat family. Although we consider buckwheat to be our native culture, North India is considered its legal homeland, forest glades high in the Himalayas, where it is called “black rice”. And it got to the Slavic tribes only in the 7th century, having traveled a long way through China, Korea, Japan, then through Asia and the Caucasus, and finally reached Europe. According to one version, the Slavs began to call it “buckwheat”, because they brought it to them from Byzantium, according to another version, it was grown by Greek monks.
Now in the store you can buy buckwheat, which differs in the method of processing: unground – whole buckwheat grains, done – chopped unground with a broken grain structure, Smolensk groats – finely crushed unground.
Useful substances of buckwheat
Compared to other cereals, buckwheat contains few carbohydrates, but they, in turn, are complex carbohydrates, that is, they are digested for a long time, which allows you to maintain a feeling of fullness for a rather long time.
Buckwheat is rich in minerals and trace elements. By the content of iron, iodine, calcium, potassium, cobalt, molybdenum, fluorine, zinc, it is the champion among other cereals. Buckwheat is also rich in vitamins B1, B2, B9 (folic acid), PP and vitamin E.
By the content of lysine and methionine (essential amino acids), buckwheat proteins are an equivalent substitute for meat, but they are much easier to digest. The assimilation of these proteins reaches 78%.
The benefits of buckwheat
Compared to oats and wheat groats, buckwheat is not rich in carbohydrates, but as I said earlier, they are complex and take a long time to digest, which allows you to maintain a feeling of fullness for a long time. Thanks to this, buckwheat is an excellent dietary product. It is especially indispensable for diabetics and obese people. Buckwheat can replace bread and potatoes, which are contraindicated for them.
Fiber improves bowel motility.
Iron, which is contained in buckwheat in large quantities, is useful for people with low hemoglobin, promotes hematopoiesis, the formation of red blood cells. With anemia, take buckwheat flour 2 tablespoons 4-5 times a day before meals.
Folic acid contributes to the normal functioning of the cardiovascular system and strengthens blood vessels.
Buckwheat has the ability to raise the level of the hormone dopamine, which affects motivation and physical activity.
Potassium maintains normal blood pressure and prevents blood clots.
Buckwheat is great for heartburn. Buckwheat flour is taken in a quarter of a teaspoon before meals.
The use of buckwheat is invaluable in removing toxins and heavy metal ions.
By the way, buckwheat is probably the only product that has not been genetically modified.
Buckwheat must be included in the diet of baby food, as it contributes to their mental and physical development. The benefits of buckwheat for the elderly are also high, as it can prevent such serious diseases as atherosclerosis, arthritis and rheumatism.
Buckwheat is an irreplaceable, valuable product, since with all the richness of nutrients, it has no contraindications.
Even buckwheat husks are used with great benefit. She is stuffed with pillows that promote good sleep.
By sticking to this diet, you can lose 7 to 12 kg of excess weight in a couple of weeks. In addition, you will get rid of insomnia and chronic fatigue, saturate your body with useful substances, improve your skin condition and complexion. In general, you will look slim, radiant and rejuvenated!
The diet is very simple. For two weeks, you can eat only buckwheat prepared in a special way and drink no more than 1 liter of fermented milk drink per day, either half an hour before eating, or, if you really can’t eat empty buckwheat, add it directly to the porridge. As a fermented milk drink, 1% kefir is recommended.
Buckwheat is prepared like this. Rinse 1 glass of cereal thoroughly and pour 500 ml of boiling water (you can brew with purified, not boiled cold water, the effect is the same). Leave it overnight. In the morning you will have a wonderful crumbly buckwheat porridge. Nothing can be added to it except kefir. No salt, no sugar. Such a gruel will begin to scrape off all accumulated toxins and toxins from your intestines like a brush.
If you find it difficult to “sit” on one buckwheat and kefir, then you can supplement the diet with fruits.
During the diet, you need to drink from 1.5 to 3 liters of liquid. It should be either ordinary, purified water, or mineral water without gases. You can include green tea without sugar.
The last meal should be no later than 3-4 hours before bedtime. Again, if you are completely unbearable, you can drink kefir diluted in half with water.
Unfortunately, this diet has contraindications. It is not recommended for pregnant and lactating women, people with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and high blood pressure. Well, kefir should not be drunk by those who have a tendency to flatulence.
Five interesting facts about the benefits of buckwheat
- In terms of the content of essential amino acids, buckwheat protein is close to animal products and therefore is considered an equivalent substitute for meat. At the same time, buckwheat is absorbed much better.
- Buckwheat stabilizes blood sugar levels. After eating buckwheat porridge, the sugar level rises slowly, and not abruptly, as with the use of other carbohydrate-containing foods.
- Buckwheat is rich in folic acid, which helps to increase the overall resistance of the body to adverse environmental factors.
- Buckwheat is an environmentally friendly product. This is almost the only plant that has not been genetically modified. There are no all kinds of nitrates, pesticides and herbicides in Greek. This plant just doesn’t need chemicals. It develops well without fertilizers, and copes with weeds and pests without outside help.
- One of the most important properties of buckwheat is protection against cancer. Thanks to the flavonoids contained in its composition, buckwheat prevents the growth of tumors. This is especially important in today’s ecological environment. In addition to anti-cancer properties, the use of buckwheat reduces the risk of thrombosis, helps to cleanse blood vessels from “bad” cholesterol and prevents the development of cardiovascular diseases.