Buckwheat has a positive effect on health

Buckwheat appears to increase the level of a special protein in the body, which helps slow the aging process and increase stress resistance.

The latest study involving Siberian Federal University found that buckwheat consumption appears to slow the aging process while improving stress resistance. The results were published in the English-language journal “Journal of Cereal Science”

Role of nutrition for health

Many people eat unhealthily and suffer from stress, which has a negative impact on health. Vitamins and amino acids are precursors of important regulatory and building molecules in the body. A diet rich in vitamins and amino acids can help keep the digestive system healthy. In contrast, an unbalanced diet or overeating can promote the development of various diseases.

How can the production of SIRT1 be improved?

A healthy, low-calorie diet that contains herbal products can help improve the production of the Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) protein, which is known to increase life expectancy. In a study on rats, the researchers tried to find out how buckwheat intake affects this protein and health. So far, the only known method of optimizing the level of this protein has been to limit calorie intake.

Buckwheat increased SIRT1

A buckwheat-based diet helps to increase the level of the SIRT1 protein in the body, which protects all body cells and increases longevity without the need for starvation, the researchers report. SIRT1 is a protein that records the nutritional status of the cells. If the SIRT1 level in a cell is intentionally increased, its aging process slows down and its stress resistance improves. However, the excess of SIRT1 in a living organ’s organs and tissues is a sign of hunger, which can lead to anemia and other negative effects.

How was the investigation structured?

The study added a 30 percent buckwheat diet to the rat diet, and then examined possible health effects. The animals were divided into three groups of eight rats each. A control group received a regular amount of feed, in the second group the calorie intake was reduced by 30 percent. The third group received regular feed with the addition of ground buckwheat, which made up up to 30 percent of the total feed weight.

What did buckwheat feeding do?

Buckwheat contains fiber that humans and rats can only partially digest. In view of this, the researchers calculated the daily feed amount for the third group so that it had the same nutritional value as the feed of the second group.

Buckwheat favors growth and development

After eight weeks, samples were taken from the animals’ blood, liver, kidneys and stomach to measure the level of SIRT1. In addition, the weight of the rats was monitored during the experiment. The animals in the third group gained more weight than those in the second group, although both groups consumed the same amount of calories. This indicates that buckwheat ensures good growth and development in the long run.

Calorie restriction resulted in highest SIRT1 values

The highest level of SIRT1 production was recorded in the calorie restricted group, but this was accompanied by a reduction in body and organ weight. In the test group, the levels of the protein were higher than in the control group, but no weight loss was observed.

Benefits of eating buckwheat

The results of the study show that a buckwheat diet has a calorie restriction effect because this grain contains a lot of indigestible fiber. Buckwheat is a low-calorie product, and when added to food, it increases the production of SIRT1. This protein in turn protects the cells of the digestive system without causing hunger and loss of growth in the animals.

Effect of other herbal products on SIRT1?

The researchers believe that other herbal products, such as cereals, vegetables, fruits or nuts, could have a similar effect on SIRT1 production and on health in general. This could be a good target for further research. For a long and healthy life, however, it is already advisable to include more buckwheat in the diet. (as)

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  • Shubhra Pande, Rajeev Ranjan, Anton N. Shuvaev, Natalia A. Malinovskaya, Maria Ryazanova et al.: Dietary buckwheat enhances sirtuin1 without calorie restriction , in Journal of Cereal Science (veröffentlicht Volume 94, July 2020), Journal of Cereal Science

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