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  • buckwheat sprout toxicity?

    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