Buckwheat stimulates production of a very valuable “longevity protein” (sirtuin 1). We learned about this quite recently thanks to a study conducted by scientists. The results were published in the Journal of Cereal Science in July 2020.
What is Sirtuin?
Sirtuins are a group of proteins with many functions, including regulating apoptosis (the death of cells which occurs as a normal and controlled part of an organism’s growth or development), inflammation, stress resistance, and energy efficiency. Previously, it was found that high expression of sirtuins is achieved by reducing the caloric intake of the diet and is important for increasing life expectancy.
Mammals, including ourselves, produce seven sirtuins (SIRT1 to 7) but mostly SIRT1 is important, mostly because of studies in lab mice that show that mice with higher levels of SIRT1 are protected against metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, and liver steatosis. These mice also age healthier, with a lower risk for osteoporosis, some cancers, and mitochondrial dysfunction.
Buckwheat can affect the level of Sirtuin
Consumption of buckwheat promotes production of sirtuin. Yes, its level is not as high as, for example, during fasting, but nevertheless, this is the optimal level that we can maintain and still not feel hungry. During stress, the protective mechanisms of the cell are activated, due to which its life expectancy increases. By consuming buckwheat, we can also increase the level of sirtuin, thereby prolonging the life of the cell.
1. Cook buckwheat 20-25 min in the water.
2. After that remove the rest of the water and add plant milk, cinnamon, fruits and berries.