Buckwheat Sprouts

buckwheat-sproutsBuckwheat groats, otherwise known as hulled buckwheat, are raw, plump and tender kernels with a nutty earthly flavour. The word Groat means “a hulled seed” or seed with the hull removed. It may surprise some people to learn that buckwheat is actually a fruit even though it is commonly thought to be a grain. Buckwheat groats are one of the quickest sprouts and a great addition to an incredibly healthy, delicious, unprocessed and gluten free breakfast.

Buckwheat has a variety of healthful properties. It’s an excellent plant source of easily digestive protein and contains all eight essential amino acids, so it’s close to being a “complete” protein. Buckwheat is also high in fiber, B vitamins and, according to a USDA study, keeps glucose levels in check better than other carbohydrates — It’s also said to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. Buckwheat is also a good oil source of Alpha-Linolenic Acid, which is one of the two essential fatty acids we must have to be healthy. Just pour some almond milk over your groats and you just can’t have a better breakfast than this! You have no more excuses to keep eating your expensive, processed morning cereal- make the change to whole, unprocessed living foods and your body will thank you for it.

The studies listed below were summarized by the Whole Grains Council, highlighting a few more reasons why sprouted buckwheat is excellent for your health.

SPROUTED BUCKWHEAT PROTECTS AGAINST FATTY LIVER Fatty liver disease, like alcohol-induced cyrrhosis, can lead to terminal liver failure, and it’s increasing, as it often goes hand in hand with type 2 diabetes. Korean researchers found that buckwheat sprouted for 48 hours developed “potent anti-fatty liver activities” that significantly reduced fatty liver in mice after 8 weeks. Scientists found that sprouting the buckwheat increased the concentration of rutin tenfold, and also increased quercitin, both of which are known for their anti-inflammatory effects. PhytomedicineAugust 2007; 14(7-8):563-7. Epub 2007 Jun 29.

 Korean researchers fed raw buckwheat extract and germinated buckwheat extract to hypertensive rats for five weeks then compared the results. The rats fed the germinated buckwheat had lower systolic blood pressure, while both groups exhibited significantly reduced oxidative damage in aortic endothelial cells. The scientists concluded that “these results suggest that germinated buckwheat extract has an antihypertensive effect and may protect arterial endothelial cells from oxidative stress.” Phytotherapy Research, July 2009; 23(7):993-8.

Nutritional info:

Vitamins A, B, C & E
Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium
Omega 3 , Fiber, Antioxidants
Amino Acids
Protein: 15%

Traditionally Used for:

  • Glucose levels
  • Diabetes
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Gluten free alternative to grains
  • Weight loss
  • Energy
  • Detox

Buckwheat Sprout Recipes

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