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Overview InformationBuckwheat 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 for diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and constipation.
How does it work?Buckwheat might help people with diabetes by improving how well the body deals with blood sugar.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Circulation problems (chronic venous insufficiency). 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 fasting insulin levels in people with diabetes. But it doesn’t improve fasting blood sugar or average blood sugar.
- Vision problems in people with diabetes (retinopathy. Early research shows that taking buckwheat does not improve vision in people with visions problems due to diabetes.
- Improving blood flow.
- Preventing “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis).
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & SafetyBuckwheat is POSSIBLY SAFE for adults when taken by mouth as a medicine. Buckwheat can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking buckwheat as medicine if you are pregnant or 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).
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.
We currently have no information for BUCKWHEAT Interactions.
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.
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