October 10, 2011

Benefits of Buckwheat...Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series

I recently went to buy a jar of my usual California wild black sage raw honey and the shelves were empty of my favorite brand except for a jar of their Buckwheat honey from Washington. Not what I am used to but, I figured I would give it a try. Deeper in color than usual honey, almost an amber color and stronger in flavor. After I made my first cup of tea I got curious about the benefits of buckwheat.  I had had buckwheat soba noodles, had a memorable stack of buckwheat pancakes in Sonoma, California and even tasted a buckwheat beer, but that was about it. Why wasn't it more prevalent ? Interestingly the cultivation of the buckwheat grain declined sharply in the 20th century when, the use of fertilizers really took over. But there are so many incredible health benefits and it is the perfect substitute for rice and grains.  There is no wheat in buckwheat despite the name so it is gluten-free and great to promote lower blood pressure and cholesterol, the list of benefits is really impressive. I think I will stick with the honey and here are a few of the reasons why.  Buckwheat honey fits into the class of healing honey. Proven to help strengthen capillary walls to prevent the onset of heart disease, helps the liver process hormones keeping our bodies properly balanced, which as we get older is key in keeping our mind balanced and our body vital. In women it is believed to help prevent breast cancer. And of course during cold and flu it is the perfect addition to a little lemon for a scratchy throat. Next time you whip up a batch of pancakes on a Sunday morning swap out your usual flour in favor of Buckwheat flour, to punch the nutritional value up a notch. Here's a simple recipe to get you started. Bon Apetit !

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