BUCKWHEAT Overview Information
Buckwheat is a plant. People make flour from the leaves and flowers. This flour can be used either as food (usually in bread, pancakes, and noodles) or as medicine.
As medicine, buckwheat is used to improve blood flow by strengthening veins and small blood vessels; to treat varicose veins and poor circulation in the legs; and to prevent “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis).
Buckwheat is also used to treat diabetes.
How does it work?
- Treating diabetes. Early research suggests that eating 70-100 grams of buckwheat flour or grain daily may improve long-term glucose tolerance in people with diabetes.
- Treating varicose veins and poor blood circulation in the legs.
- Improving blood flow.
- Preventing “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis).
- Other conditions.
BUCKWHEAT Side Effects & Safety
Buckwheat seems to be safe for adults. Some side effects, including increased risk of sunburn, do occur.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of buckwheat during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Buckwheat allergy: Some people who are exposed to buckwheat on the job develop buckwheat allergy. Other people can also become allergic to buckwheat. Re-exposure to buckwheat can lead to serious allergic reactions including skin rash; runny nose; asthma; and a potentially fatal drop in blood pressure, itching, swelling, and difficulty in breathing (anaphylactic shock).
The appropriate dose of buckwheat for use as treatment depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for buckwheat. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.