Today we feature Buckwheat, and No. 3 of our eight-part series on how to improve the fitness of your skin. The series was inspired by this Huffington Post article.
Many of us think that buckwheat is a cereal grain – at least we did until researching the benefits of buckwheat. Buckwheat is actually a fruit seed – that’s right, a seed! Buckwheat is actually related to rhubarb and sorrel, which makes it a suitable grain substitute for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens.
Here are a few “did you knows” that we encourage sharing with family, friends and loved ones – especially those who have tolerance issues with gluten.
- is a good source of the antioxidant rutin, which helps combat inflammation-related skin damage, red, and blotchy skin.
- contains high levels of flavenoids, which block free radicals, giving it strong anti-aging and longevity properties.
- also is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids that act in a similar manner to olive oil – to help enhance skin’s elasticity and smoothness.
- is packed with vitamin B, which is required for the cellular synthesis of skin, nails, hair + vitamin B is can help reduce skin damage caused by sun and environmental over-exposure.
- provides the biotin, which assists cells in processing fats. Research shows that low biotin levels can lead to dry and scaly skin. It is critical to note that our bodies will excrete additional oil to help combat dehydrated skin, which often leads excess excess surface oil, blemishes and other characteristics of unhealthy skin.
HEALTHY BUCKWHEAT RECIPES
- Buckwheat Bread
- Apple Cinnamon Raisin Buckwheat Granola
- Vanilla Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes
- Buckwheat and Berry Smoothie
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