10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Buckwheat Tea

You will be amazed to learn what this humble beverage can do to your health.

Medically Reviewed by Ella Davar, RD, CDN
By Tanya Choudhary, ISSA Certified Specialist In Fitness & Nutrition

If you have recently switched to a gluten-free diet, finding the right substitutes might seem challenging at first. But then, you would also look for and learn about many more dishes and drink options that can make this switch more enjoyable for you! That’s when you may stumble upon buckwheat tea benefits as well! Made of buckwheat seeds and grains, this tea not only has a light delectable flavor but also helps you alleviate many health concerns as well! Commonly used as an ingredient in bread and bakery items, buckwheat tea is a refreshing alternative, to reap the many health benefits of gluten-free buckwheat. To learn more about this nutrient-rich healthy tea and its key benefits, read on!

Stylecraze Says
Buckwheat tea, known as Sobacha in Japanese, can be made by simply steeping roasted buckwheat seeds in boiling water for 3-4 minutes. But remember to have the flame turned off as you don’t want to boil the seeds.

Buckwheat – An Overview

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Buckwheat is a pseudocereal plant that carries many qualities of cereal, but is not at all a part of the cereal species (1). Due to its similarity to the actual grains such as wheat, it is often used in bread and pasta. Buckwheat tea is produced from the seeds of the plant. Its taste is light and subtle, it is drunk for enjoyment apart from health purposes. Some studies suggest that it aids in weight loss, improves the health of the blood vessels and reduces blood cholesterol. The preliminary research on Buckwheat tea is promising and suggests that the nutrients and chemicals in the tea can serve as a nutritional supplement.

Fun Fact
The earliest traces of buckwheat cultivation were found in Northern China, dating back to 2600 BCE.

Buckwheat Tea Benefits

Following are the incredible health benefits of buckwheat tea:

1. May Treat And Prevent Edema

According to a study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology, Buckwheat tea is highly effective in treating the edema swelling caused due to Chronic Venous Insufficiency (2). The study was carried out on human patients in whom one group was given the buckwheat tea while the other patients received placebo tea. The researchers noted a considerable improvement in the patients who received the Buckwheat tea than the patients in the other group. The study says that the tea was safe and had favorably influenced the edema patients with the CVI problem and can prevent its further progress.

2. May Have Significant Cardiovascular Benefits

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Research suggests that increased intake of buckwheat may lower risk markers for cardiovascular diseases, such as glucose, total cholesterol and triglycerides (3), (4).

3. May Reduce Blood Glucose

A paper published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food chemistry states that Buckwheat tea or the concentrate reduced the level of blood glucose in diabetic rats (5). However, the process of preparation of Buckwheat tea or concentrates, in this case, is different from the regular method. Human studies have also linked buckwheat consumption with reduced risk of hyperglycemia, or high blood glucose (6).

4. May Improve Renal Function

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Buckwheat concentrate, or the high-density tea, when given to rats inflicted intentionally with kidney damage showed significant improvement in the renal function and slowed down the kidney disease progression (7). However, the experiment is yet to be tried on human beings, but is expected to deliver similar results in people suffering from renal problems.

5. May Be Beneficial In Treating Diabetes

In a study, it was found that the ingredients present in the Buckwheat tea were beneficial in lowering blood sugar levels in diabetic mice. The rutin found in Buckwheat is extremely helpful in preventing type 2 diabetes when used with novel strategies. Another placebo-controlled study has concluded that the Buckwheat seed extract or tea lowers the levels of blood glucose by 12 to 19% at 90 and 120 minutes after administration when given to laboratory animals with intentionally inflicted diabetes. On the other hand, the placebo group of animals did not show any glucose reduction (5).

The scientists believe that the glucose lowering effect is caused due to the presence of a chiro-inositol compound that has been found to play a pivotal role in cell signaling and glucose metabolism in both animals and human beings. The researchers believe that the chiro-inositol may act as an insulin mimic and increase the sensitivity of the body cells to insulin.

6. May Improve Ovulatory Function

According to a human study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, buckwheat seeds and grains are loaded with D-Chiro-Inositol that increases the insulin actions in patients suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome. (8). Thus, it may contribute to improving the functioning of the ovulation, reducing blood pressure levels, decreasing the concentrations of serum androgen and plasma triglyceride.

7. May Protect Against Cancer And Heart Disease

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Phytonutrients present in cereals and whole grains such as buckwheat are exceptionally helpful in improving digestion and certain types of stomach and gallbladder problems. The buckwheat plant contains lignans- a type of gut-friendly compounds that are converted into mammalian lignans such as the enterolactone, known to protect the body against breast cancer and other hormone-dependent cancers and heart disease. Although the lignan content in beverages such as Buckwheat tea or coffee is comparatively low, its regular intake shows significant improvement in the body’s cancer-fighting ability and keeps heart problems at bay (9), (10).

8. May Improve Immunity

Buckwheat is an important source of water-soluble, insoluble and fat-soluble vitamins and powerful antioxidants (11). It is rich in tocotrienols, vitamin E, phenolic acids, selenium and phytic acid. These are exceptionally good at improving natural immunity. The antioxidants fight the toxic free radicals in the body, and offering protection against harmful viral, bacterial and fungal infections (12).

9. May Aid Weight Loss

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Buckwheat tea is low in calories and hence is an ideal replacement for high-calorie drinks. Substituting high- calorie beverages with buckwheat tea helps you to lose weight and enjoy the kick. Although not much evidence is available about the effect of this tea for weight loss, researchers believe that the presence of catechins, a naturally occurring antioxidant in the buckwheat tea, can support metabolic health and promote weight loss. A detailed study of obesity has revealed that the extracts in green or buckwheat tea contain a good amount of catechins that help in weight control (13), (14).

10. A Good Anti-Caffeine Source

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and is beneficial for weight loss and overall health (15). However, if you have been advised to cut down on caffeine in your diet, and want to follow a low-oxalate diet, buckwheat tea is the best alternative. It offers all the benefits of green tea sans caffeine and can be an ideal choice for those who want to follow The Kidney Stone Avoidance Diet. The vitexin and rutin in the buckwheat tea improve blood flow, and prevent varicose veins and leg edema.

Buckwheat tea is a hot beverage prepared from grains and seeds of the pseudocereal buckwheat plant. This gluten-free food source has a rich nutritional profile with many health benefits. It is a common ingredient in many food items. However, intake of buckwheat as a refreshing hot beverage form may help prevent edema, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and regulate blood glucose levels. Buckwheat tea benefits your immune system, improves renal function, and fights against cancer. In addition, the gluten-free property of this tea is suitable for people with celiac disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I drink buckwheat tea every day?

Yes, you can drink buckwheat tea every day in moderation. Buckwheat tea is packed with antioxidants and other beneficial compounds that may help boost your immune system and overall health.

Is buckwheat prebiotic?

Yes. Buckwheat is a prebiotic and nutritious food that helps boost the growth of lactic acid bacteria (12).

Is buckwheat alkaline or acidic?

Buckwheat is slightly acidic in nature, with a pH of 6.1 (13).

Does buckwheat affect hormones?

Yes. The amino acids present in buckwheat may help modulate gastrointestinal hormones and promote satiety (14).

Is buckwheat good for IBS?

Yes. Buckwheat is a gluten-free cereal and, hence, can be consumed by people with IBS (15).

Sources

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  1. Expression and epitope analysis of the major allergenic protein Fag e 1 from buckwheat
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15310064/
  2. Leg oedema protection from a buckwheat herb tea in patients with chronic venous insufficiency: a single-centre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8858269/
  3. Buckwheat and CVD Risk Markers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5986499/
  4. Oats and buckwheat intakes and cardiovascular disease risk factors in an ethnic minority of China
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7840076/
  5. Buckwheat concentrate reduces serum glucose in streptozotocin-diabetic rats
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14640572/
  6. Comparison of hypertension, dyslipidaemia and hyperglycaemia between buckwheat seed-consuming and non-consuming Mongolian-Chinese populations in Inner Mongolia, China
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17645626/
  7. Buckwheat extract inhibits progression of renal failure
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12010008/
  8. Ovulatory and metabolic effects of D-chiro-inositol in the polycystic ovary syndrome
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10219066/
  9. Phytochemicals and biofunctional properties of buckwheat: A review
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236517210_Phytochemicals_and_biofunctional_properties_of_buckwheat_A_review
  10. Optimization of the Multienzyme-Assisted Extraction Procedure of Bioactive Compounds Extracts from Common Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum M.) and Evaluation of Obtained Extracts
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/356671971_Optimization_of_the_Multienzyme-Assisted_Extraction_Procedure_of_Bioactive_Compounds_Extracts_from_Common_Buckwheat_Fagopyrum_esculentum_M_and_Evaluation_of_Obtained_Extracts
  11. Sprouted buckwheat an important vegetable source of antioxidants
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/287589505_Sprouted_buckwheat_an_important_vegetable_source_of_antioxidants
  12. Role of buckwheat diet on rats as prebiotic and healthy food
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0271531703000745
  13. Effect of Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) Powder on the Physicochemical and Sensory Properties of Emulsion-type Sausage
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6238022/
  14. Hemp and buckwheat are valuable sources of dietary amino acids, beneficially modulating gastrointestinal hormones and promoting satiety in healthy volunteers
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8854285/
  15. Low Fermentable Oligo- Di- and Mono-Saccharides and Polyols (FODMAPs) or Gluten Free Diet: What Is Best for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7692077/
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