Buckwheat Tea is a healthy gluten-free beverage that aids in weight loss and provides several other benefits. It is also known as soba cha.
Buckwheat Tea is made from the seeds of the buckwheat plant, which is pseudocereal i.e. it has the qualities of cereal but is not counted in the list of cereals. As it is similar to many grains such as wheat it is often used in the preparation of pasta and bread.
Buckwheat tea is loaded with essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polyphenols, etc. that provide several benefits.
Benefits of Buckwheat Tea
Some of the major health benefits of buckwheat tea are as follows:-
(1) Promotes Cardiovascular Health
Another advantage of consuming buckwheat tea on a regular basis is its ability to strengthen our cardiovascular system due to the presence of essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polyphenols, etc.
The antioxidants and other relevant compounds in buckwheat tea protect our cardiovascular system from the ill effects of the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals and thus promote cardiovascular health.
As per a research study published in the American Heart Journal, it was found that consuming buckwheat tea at least 6 times a week ( on a regular and moderate basis) aids in controlling the signs and progress of Cardiovascular disorder. The study was conducted on 220 postmenopausal women suffering from cardiovascular disorder(CVD).
Buckwheat tea was also found to be effective against high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, both of them are considered as the leading cause of various cardiovascular problems.
(2) Aids in Preventing Edema
Moderate consumption of buckwheat tea on a regular basis is very beneficial for reducing the risk of edema.
Edema is a condition in which excess fluids get trapped inside the body tissues leading to swelling. It is due to chronic venous insufficiency.
As per a conducted on the patients with edema, it was found that the patients who drank buckwheat tea showed significant improvement in their edema symptoms in comparison to the other group that was given a placebo drink. As per the outcome of the study, buckwheat tea was found to be safe and effective for edema patients with Chronic +venous insufficiency and was also effective for reducing the edema to progress further.
(3) Keeps Our Kidneys Healthy
Our kidneys are the vital organs that play an important role in keeping us healthy as it performs many important functions in keeping us healthy. Some of the major functions performed by the kidneys are-removal of waste products from the body, removing drugs and other unwanted substances from the body, maintaining electrolyte balance and fluid balance of the body, releasing hormones to control blood pressure level, and so on.
In order to enjoy a healthy life, it is important to maintain our renal health, and buckwheat tea can help in achieving the same.
Buckwheat tea or buckwheat concentrates are very effective for improving kidney functions and also for reducing the risk of various kidney disorders. The study was conducted on rats and is yet to be tried on human beings, but scientists are expecting similar results for humans too.
Like most teas, buckwheat tea also possesses diuretic properties which means it increases the production of urine and frequency of urination, and thus aids in flushing out toxins from the body in an efficient manner and contributes to renal health.
The diuretic property of buckwheat tea is advantageous for people who find it difficult to pass urine normally.
(4) Aids In managing Diabetes
Buckwheat tea is also beneficial for people with diabetes and for those who are at the risk of developing diabetes.
This advantage of buckwheat tea is because of its low glycemic index. The glycemic index of a food item is a scale from 0 to 100 that determines the rate at which a particular food item releases sugar into the bloodstream.
Being a low glycemic index food means that buckwheat releases sugar into the bloodstream at a slow pace and thus helps in managing diabetes.
As per a study published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, buckwheat tea or the buckwheat concentrate was found to be very effective in reducing blood glucose levels in diabetic rats.
The rutin found in the buckwheat tea helps in preventing type-2 diabetes. In another study, it was revealed that tea made from the buckwheat seeds could reduce the blood glucose levels by 12 to 19 % at 90 minutes after administration when given to lab animals with intentionally inflected diabetes.
The chiro-inositol compound present in the buckwheat tea was found to be the major factor that aids in regulating blood sugar levels. This compound acted as an insulin mimic and was able to increase the sensitivity of body cells towards the insulin.
(5) Protection Against Various Cancers
Another advantage of buckwheat tea is the ability to reduce the risk of various types of cancers.
This advantage of buckwheat tea is due to the presence of antioxidants and other antioxidantal compounds like polyphenols, and flavonol in them.
These antioxidants and relevant compounds combat against the free radicals in our body, stabilizes them, and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells and tissues, and thus minimizes the risk of various cancers.
Free radicals are the unstabilized ions that form in our body during the oxidation process. As these are unstabilized, so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and while doing so it causes oxidative damage to them.
Buckwheat also contains lignans that get converted to mammalian lignans such as enterolactone, which is very effective in reducing the risk of breast cancer and other hormone-dependent cancers.
Drinking buckwheat tea on a regular and moderate basis improves our body’s ability to fight against cancer cells, and also aids in maintaining cardiovascular health.
(6) Improves Ovulatory Functions
Drinking buckwheat tea on a regular and moderate basis is also beneficial for women as it aids in improving their ovulatory functions, due to the presence of D-Chiro-Inositol in them.
As per a research study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tea made from the buckwheat seeds was effective to increase the insulin actions in the patients suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome because of the abundance of D-Chiro-Inositol in them.
It not only improves ovary functions but also provides several other benefits such as reduced blood pressure levels, decreased concentrations of serum, androgen, and plasma triglycerides.
(7) Helps With Weight Loss
Buckwheat tea is also good for people who would like to get rid of some extra pounds in their weight loss journey.
The weight loss benefit of buckwheat tea is mainly because of its low caloric value. Drinking buckwheat tea provides several health benefits without the risk of excessive calories.
Antioxidantal compounds such as catechin in the buckwheat ta also play a significant role in helping with weight loss.
(8) Strengthens Immune System
Our immune system plays an important role in keeping us healthy as it is the defense mechanism that protects us from disease-causing microbes such as bacterias, viruses, fungi, and parasites, etc., and thus reduces the risk of various microbial infections. Even when we get sick or injured, our immune system takes charge and makes us healthy again.
Given the importance of the immune system for our health, it is necessary to take good care of our immune system, and drinking buckwheat tea is an efficient way to do the same.
This advantage of buckwheat tea is due to the presence of antioxidants and other antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients, polyphenols, flavonols, and other antioxidantal compounds in them.
These antioxidants and other relevant compounds fight with the free radicals in our body stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells, including the white blood cells that form the backbone of the immune system and acts as the first line of defense.
By protecting our white blood cells from oxidative damage, antioxidants strengthen our immune system and when our immune system is stronger, our risk of getting a cough, cold, fever, and flu, etc. diminishes automatically.
Antioxidants also enhance the production of white blood cells in the body, which is an added advantage for our immune health.
Other essential compounds such as tocotrienols, vitamin E, selenium and phytic acid, etc. in the buckwheat tea also play a significant role in improving our immunity.
(9) Wonderful Non-Caffeinated Beverage
Teas in general contain caffeine, a natural stimulant that stimulates the brain and nervous system. It is the caffeine in the tea and coffee that keeps us alert and prevents tiredness. However, caffeine also has its own side effects, and should not be consumed in excess.
Some individuals prefer de-caffeinated beverages in place of caffeinated beverages, and buckwheat tea is an excellent beverage for them.
Compounds such as vitexin and rutin in the buckwheat tea prevent varicose veins and leg edema by improving the blood flow in our body.
(10) Promotes Digestive Health
Buckwheat tea is also good for our stomach and improves our digestive health due to the presence of nutritious compounds such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and polyphenols, etc.
These antioxidants and associated compounds protect our digestive system from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals, and thus reduces the risk of various cancers such as abdominal cancer, stomach cancer, intestinal cancer, and colon cancer, etc.
It is also effective for protecting us from various gastrointestinal issues such as abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, gas, bloating and flatulence, etc.
It promotes bowel movement which in turn helps with constipation.
Side Effects of Buckwheat Tea
- Pregnancy complications– If you are pregnant, then it is suggested to avoid buckwheat tea as it could cause complications in pregnancy. Nursing mothers also should also consult their doctor before consuming buckwheat tea.
- Light sensitivity – Some reports suggest that drinking buckwheat tea may increase light sensitivity in some individuals
- Allergic reactions– Buckwheat is not suitable for some individuals and they may face allergic reactions on consuming buckwheat or buckwheat tea. These individuals should avoid buckwheat tea to avoid possible allergic reactions such as asthma, rhinitis, gastrointestinal disturbance, angioedema, and anaphylaxis, etc.
- Skin Inflammation and Gastrointestinal Issues– Some individuals may also experience inflammation of the skin, and gastrointestinal issues on consuming buckwheat tea, and they should avoid buckwheat tea.
- Pregnancy And Nursing– There are not many research studies to confirm the effect of buckwheat on pregnancy and nursing period, and current studies suggest that it will be advisable to avoid buckwheat tea during pregnancy to avoid complications in pregnancy.
The information contained in the post is for general purposes only and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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