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  1. Buckwheat may help control diabetes

    ANI Tuesday, November 18, 2003

    Washington - Research on buckwheat, a grain used in making pancakes and noodles, has proved it may
    be beneficial for diabetics.

    In a controlled study, Canadian researchers have shown that extracts of the seed lowered blood
    glucose levels by 12 to 19 percent when fed to diabetic rats.

    The study may lead to new uses of the grain as a dietary supplement to help diabetic people and
    others suffering from elevated glucose conditions, the researchers claim.

    Their findings will appear in the December 3 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food
    Chemistry, a peer- reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest
    scientific society.

    "With diabetes on the rise, incorporation of buckwheat into the diet could help provide a safe, easy
    and inexpensive way to lower glucose levels and reduce the risk of complications associated with the
    disease, including heart, nerve and kidney problems," says the study's lead author Carla G. Taylor,
    an associate professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba
    in Canada.

    Until similar studies are done on humans with diabetes, no one knows exactly how much buckwheat - in
    flour or extract form - must be eaten in order to obtain a beneficial effect on glucose levels,
    Taylor says. Further studies are needed, she adds.


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