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What has sprouted buckwheat?

If someone told you that a superfood can heal obesity and insulin resistance, along with many other diseases? What if someone also told you this superfood has been around for centuries and was once a staple in the American diet until it was replaced by modern wheat. This dwarf plant grows all over the world under different names like buckwheat, quinoa. It was once called “the poor man's porcelain” because of its ability to grow in harsh conditions. This superfood is packed with vitamins and minerals- magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, B6, calcium, fiber, and amino acids like lysine. Amazingly, this grain is gluten-free and safe for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains. It even comes with prebiotic properties that improve the health of our gut microbiome. The best news about these amazing seeds? They're high in serotonin-boosting tryptophan!

So what exactly is sprouted buckwheat?

It's 100% gluten-free and vegan. It's made by soaking raw buckwheat groats in water overnight, then letting them germinate for a couple of days at room temperature. During this time, the grains produce enzymes that help to unlock nutrients like amino acids, phytochemicals, antioxidants, and vitamins. Once the sprouting process is complete, the buckwheat is once again dried to increase shelf life.

Sprouted Buckwheat Benefits-

You may be wondering why in the world you would ever want to eat something like this? Sprouted buckwheat has an amazing list of benefits. You can read more about them on the website of The LoveLilBucks, a provider of 100% natural and organic sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes.

But here are just some of its benefits:

Provides a source of vegetarian protein –

Contains all 9 essential amino acids that have to be obtained from food. In particular, it contains an ideal balance of the two essential amino acids, lysine, and threonine.

Lowers carb count –

Buckwheat is lower in carbs than many other grains. It contains 24 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams, vs 32 grams for brown rice or 44 grams for white rice. Provides a good source of fiber – One cup buckwheat contains 5 grams of dietary fiber.

Has a low GI –

Contrary to popular belief, buckwheat doesn't contain gluten. It has a GI index of 55 due to its high fiber and protein content.

Contains important nutrients-

Magnesium (helps with energy production and muscle function), manganese (assists with carbohydrate metabolism), and phosphorus (promotes strong bones and healthy teeth).

Provides a great selection of antioxidants –

Contains 8 flavonoids which are known for their antioxidant properties. In particular, it contains the isoflavones daidzein and genistein. These two compounds have been shown to assist with cancer prevention in breast, ovary, and prostate cancers.

But most importantly (and most relevant to post today), sprouted buckwheat is a vegan source of tryptophan – an essential amino acid. This makes it the perfect food for those suffering from obesity and other weight-related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, or snoring.

Why is this so important?

Well, tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter in your brain which helps to control mood and sleep. Boosting the amount of tryptophan in your brain also boosts serotonin levels, resulting in better sleep and improved mood. Tryptophan deficiency has been associated with aggressive behavior, depression, and insomnia.

 

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