buckwheat sprout toxicity?

Ok, so I have read that buckwheat greens should not be eaten in large amounts, but buckwheat sprouts (with little white tails) are a daily part of my diet. Does anybody know of the possible toxicity of young buckwheat sprouts if there is one?

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  • CarmentinaCarmentina Raw Newbie

    Gosh, I eat quite a bit of the sprouts too. My favorite sprouts! I’d love to see the reply.

  • I am confused because I am reading Elaine Bruce Living Foods for Radiant Health and she promotes eating buckwheat lettuce :/

  • elizabethhelizabethh Raw Newbie

    evildarkvirus, thanks and thats exactly what i read, but im confused about whether buckwheat “greens” mean the little white sprouts or the full grown grass.

  • that’s a good question, although maybe there isn’t much difference between fully grown and sprouted? Biologically I mean..

  • Yes, I am still confused also as to weather “young green shoots” are the same thing as “sprouts”, or if they mean the leaves and grass that would grow from the sprout? Does it mean that the sprout also has high amounts of the fagopyrin?
    At any rate, it sounds as if one must eat a large amount of it to affect you, but it is rather discerning to know you are eating a toxin that may cause such a problem.
    Marcy

  • alpdesignsalpdesigns Raw Newbie

    No, shoots and greens are different. The groat does not contain problematic amounts of fagopyrin, and neither do the short tails. The greens are usually grown like seeds, planted in soil. The problems occur when you drink large quantities of juiced buckwheat grass as you would wheatgrass.

  • teadeteade Raw Newbie

    Thank goodness! lol, elizabethh just turned me on to trying buckwheat sprouts, and I LOVE them! haha.
    thanks by the way!

  • I eat perennial buckwheat, Fagopyrum dibotrys, leaves regular. When I started
    eating them I used a lot of them and after a few months
    my nose I got this prickly feeling in my nose when I was
    in the sun. (That’s the photo toxicity) I reduce the amount
    and the problem disappeared.

    “The leaves are rich in rutin which is a capillary tonic, antioedemic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and hypotensive218. Rutin also inhibits carcinogenesis and protects against radiation218.” Plants For A Future

  • I contacted Elaine Bruce from LivingFoods about buckwheat greens and here is my reply..

    THE ANSWER, AS ALWAYS IS TO EAT ANYTHING IN MODERATION, WHICH I PERSONALLY HAVE DONE WITH BUCKWHEAT FOR 30 YEARS! i HAVE ALSO OBSERVED THAT PEOPLE WHIO EAT A BIT TOO MUCH OF OF THE GREENS, MAY FEEL A BIT OF A TINGLE, VERY MILD COMPARED TO WHAT IS DESCRIBED ABOVE. WHEN SUNBATHING. WHY SUNBATHE? VERY HARMFUL IN ITSELF

    THIS MISCHIEVOUS IDEA REMINDS ME OF THE DRUG INDUSTRY’S ATTACK ON COMFREY, BY MAKING AN EXTRACT OF THE ACTIVE PRINCIPLE (NOT THE WHOLE PLANT) CONCENTRATING IT AND THEN FEEDING IT IN LARGE AMOUNTS TO POOR LITTLE MICE. tHEY THEN TRIUMPHANTLY CLAIMED IT TO BE POISONOUS AND WERE SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING IT WITHDRAWN, SO THE PUBLIC ARE DEPRIVED OF A WONDER FUL, HARMLESS HEALING AGENT..
    EAT YOUR LITTLE GREENS IN MODERATION, AND IF BY ANY CHANCE YOU SHD FEEL A TINGLING OF THE SKIN WHEN IN THE SHOWER AFTER SUNBATHING, USUALLY JUST THE ARMS, BACK OFF FOR A FEW DAYS AND PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM DIRECT SUNLIGHT. IT’S THAT WHICH CAUSES THE PROBLEM

    i THINK IF THIS SCARE STORY IS GOING AROUND, I’LL INCLUDE YOUR QUESTION AND MY ANSWER IN A NEWSLETTER. HOPE THAT’S OK WITH YOU? IT’S VERY HELPFUL TO HAVE SUCH ISSUES THOROUGHLY AIRED..mANY THANKS FOR YOUR QUESTION AND WARM GOOD WISHES

    Best wishes
    Elaine Bruce
    Director

  • martinjmartinj Raw Newbie
    edited July 22

    I am hoping this extract is true as every morning I blends 300g of germinated buckwheat and drink as  milk for my breakfast -

    the full article is here  - https://csuvth.colostate.edu/poisonous_plants/Plants/Details/44

    Fagopyrin, a dianthroquinone is present in both the green and dried plant; but not the ripe seeds. Once absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, the fagopyrin in the blood vessels of the non pigmented skin, reacts with ultra violet waves from sunlight. Radiant energy in the form of fluorescence produced by the fagopyrin when exposed to sunlight causes damage to the blood vessels in non pigmented skin. This primary photosensilization can be severe to the point of causing cell death and sloughing of the skin.

    In the pictures they are showing the fully grown plant and the problem being when animals eat the plant. 

     

    Affected animals should be immediately moved out of the sun and preferably kept in a dark stall or barn. St. John's wort should be removed entirely from the diet of the animal. Antihistamines and antiinflammorty drugs may help in the early case. It may take up to 2 -3 months for the skin to heal and the hair regrow.

    ClaireT
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