Health Benefits of Buckwheat Sprouts


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Buckwheat Sprouts

Buckwheat has many benefits. Buckwheat is a common food in Japan, Korea and Russia.

A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry to study the difference in antioxidant and functional components between tartary and common buckwheat sprouts. Tartary buckwheat is also called bitter buckwheat because of its bitter taste.

Both varieties are found to be rich in polyphenols and flavonoids, especially the major antioxidant component – rutin. Studies have shown that rutin is anti-inflammatory and is effective for preventing capillary apoplexy and retinal hemorrhage. Previous studies have reported that the flavonoid content of tartary buckwheat is higher compared to common buckwheat.

The research shows that both common and tartary buckwheat is high in thiamine, riboflavin, and pyridoxine contents.

Rutin was the major flavonoid in both varieties and is an essential role in the antioxidant activity of buckwheat sprouts. Apart from rutin, the key flavonoids in tartary buckwheat sprouts includes quercetin and quercitrin. Comparing both, tartary buckwheat sprouts was found to have higher antioxidant levels. It was concluded from the research that tartary buckwheat sprouts should be chosen more often because of its better health-promoting properties.

Source: Antioxidant activity of tartary (Fagopyrum tataricum (L.) Gaertn.) and common (Fagopyrum esculentum moench) buckwheat sprouts. – J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Jan 9;56(1):173-8. Epub 2007 Dec 12.

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Related Article: How to Sprout Buckwheat Groats (www.helynshealthykitchen.blogspot.sg)

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