Buckwheat is used for diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, varicose veins, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Heart disease. Taking buckwheat might lower some markers of heart disease, including cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar in people who are healthy or those with diabetes or high cholesterol. But buckwheat doesn't seem to improve blood pressure, body weight, or other types of cholesterol. It's unknown if buckwheat lowers the chance of death, heart attack, or stroke in people with heart disease.
- Poor circulation that can cause the legs to swell (chronic venous insufficiency or CVI). Early research shows that drinking buckwheat tea might prevent leg swelling from getting worse in people with circulation problems.
- Diabetes. Early research shows that replacing a portion of white flour or rice in foods with buckwheat lowers fastinginsulin levels in people with diabetes. But it doesn't improve fasting blood sugar or average blood sugar.
- Vision problems in people with diabetes (diabetic retinopathy). Early research shows that taking buckwheat does not improve vision in people with visions problems due to diabetes.
- Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
- High blood pressure.
- High cholesterol.
- Varicose veins.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
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).
Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity: Some people used to think that including buckwheat in a gluten-free diet might not be safe. However, buckwheat is considered an acceptable food by the Celiac Disease Foundation and the Gluten Intolerance Group. Unless someone is allergic to buckwheat, people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can eat buckwheat produced in a facility free of gluten safely.
Allergies to latex or other foods, including rice: Some people who are allergic to rice might also become allergic to buckwheat.
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