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Paradoxically, buckwheat isn't wheat at all; it's an herb that's related to rhubarb. Buckwheat is a heavyweight when it comes to hunger-curbing fiber and magnesium, which is necessary for normal muscle and nerve function and healthy bones, and may protect against type 2 diabetes and stroke. This triangular-shaped whole grain is also a rich food source of the phytochemical rutin, which may help regulate blood sugar levels. Free of gluten, buckwheat is suitable for those sensitive to the grain protein.

Choose It & Use It
Buckwheat groats are available roasted, which are often called kasha, or unroasted. Prepare them as you would other whole grains and use in salads, pilafs, and soups. Buckwheat flour is used to make quick-cooking soba noodles and adds an earthy taste to flapjacks and baked goods.

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Good info. I will have to incorporate buckwheat into my diet. I have pre diabetes and muscle cramping and probably need more magnesium. Thanks.

muscle cramps - take at least 100mg of vit c daily, also at least 550mg of calcium - should also take zinc, drink at least 16 oz of water daily - walk at least 30 brisk min, and a massage therapist would be handy. Several herbs on the market for keeping Type 2 at bay. or at least lowering BS levels to normal. VEGAN way of life will keep weight off and you Healthy. I began using buckwheat 1 yr ago am type 2 - bs levels are normal, but I do all the above and exercise 6 days a week - buckwheat also goes into the breads I make and ontop cereal I eat. its tasty too.

thanks! nice and easy.