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The healing power of buckwheat flour

  1. Buckwheat flour is a forgotten flour. Buckwheat flour deserves a place back in Dutch cuisine. Buckwheat is very healthy. It used to be available everywhere and now you have to go to an organic store for it. It is recommended by all kinds of scientists, but these recommendations are still too little adopted by doctors. Buckwheat flour is both a culinary and a medicinal product.


  1. Short history of buckwheat Buckwheat is good Naming Making buckwheat flour and buckwheat milk Superior buckwheat variety Buckwheat protects against diseases Buckwheat lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease Other scientific facts buckwheat Substances in buckwheat fight cancer The healing power of buckwheat biscuits

Short history of buckwheat

  1. Buckwheat comes from North and East Asia. It has been cultivated in China since at least 1000 BC. In the U.S. buckwheat has become a widely used staple crop. Buckwheat was widely consumed in Europe until well into the 20th century, but then it was discontinued. From the 1970s buckwheat was only available in health food stores. Later they became the health food shops, the organic shops, the eco shops or the land shops. You can still buy buckwheat there.

Buckwheat is good

  1. Buckwheat was still widely used until the 1920s, but suddenly the Dutch and Belgians abandoned this good practice. Now there is the opportunity to reintroduce buckwheat and buckwheat flour into your old-fashioned diet. Buckwheat flour made the Northerners strong as a people. There is nothing wrong with reintroducing this flour into our diet. It contains all kinds of important substances for our body. Important flavonoids in buckwheat are: rutin, orientin, vitexin, quercetin, isovitexin and isoorientin. These substances work as antioxidants together with vitamins to eliminate free radicals and make the immune system work more optimally.


  1. Why do we use Latin words in science? Because then we know for sure which plant it is. The Latin name of buckwheat flour is Fagopyrum esculentum. In English you can find this product under the name 'buckwheat'. That probably comes from the word from Dutch: buckwheat.

Making buckwheat flour and buckwheat milk

  1. You can make buckwheat flour yourself from whole buckwheat. You need a food processor or an electric coffee grinder for this. After that you can make your own buckwheat milk. You boil 100 grams of buckwheat on a liter of water. You let it boil for two minutes and then cool again. When it's cold, put it in a bottle and keep it in the fridge for up to three days. Buckwheat milk can be used to make chocolate milk. You can also use it to prepare oatmeal porridge or muesli. It is also a means to make a milkshake.

Superior buckwheat variety

  1. Some chauvinism is not strange to a Frenchman. That sometimes even penetrates science. The French buckwheat variety 'La Harpe' is, according to French researchers, superior to other buckwheat varieties in terms of the total content of polyphenols, flavonoids and oligomeric proanthocyanidins. In their 2000 study, the French say that the amount of free radicals in a food type determines how much damage is done in the body. That is why the therapeutic effect of polyphenols is interesting, the French scientists report. Polyphenols fight free radicals in our body.

Buckwheat protects against diseases

  1. According to a 2001 American meta-study, buckwheat flour can combat diabetes, obesity, hypertension, either high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia or high cholesterol and constipation. That is an impressive list. These findings are confirmed by research after 2001. These facts give you good reason to include buckwheat in your diet.

Buckwheat lowers risk of cardiovascular disease

  1. American researchers saw in 1995 that buckwheat can be used against high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. The researchers see both positive aspects of oatmeal and buckwheat. The main title of the research is that buckwheat can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Japanese research from 2006 adds that buckwheat is good for high cholesterol, obesity and gallstone formation. The researchers suggest doctors recommend buckwheat to people who have these diseases from now on. Buckwheat can be part of a diet for high cholesterol, obesity and bile support. Sometimes problems in the body are related to all three of these factors. In that case buckwheat is recommended.

Other scientific facts buckwheat

  1. Many studies have been done on buckwheat. Here are a few examples.

Substances in buckwheat fight cancer

  1. Substances in buckwheat have been found to prevent liver cancer cells from growing and to induce sudden cell death of the cancer cell. Only minimal effects were observed on healthy liver cells. This is evident from a Chinese study which was completed in April 2015. The The plant that makes buckwheat seed / Source: Dalgial, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

The healing power of buckwheat biscuits

  1. Swedish research from 2011 indicates that buckwheat biscuits have medicinal value. Buckwheat biscuits can lower the level of myeloperoxidase in the blood. That's an indicator of inflammation. By eating the cookies, there is less inflammation at the cellular level or low-grade inflammation. The researchers mainly point to the antioxidant rutin in buckwheat as a medicinal substance. The researchers also think that buckwheat cookies can lower cholesterol levels. Hopefully buckwheat biscuits will never be used as medicine. We all want to get sick with buckwheat biscuits as medicine.

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