This is a woody, perennial herbaceous plant of the dandelion family Asteraceae, with bright blue flowers. Many varieties are cultivated for salad leaves, chicons, or roots, which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and food additive. But there are other wonderful health benefits this lovely herb has to offer.
Chicory root reduces gallstones by adding a phytochemical compound acid to bile then inhibits gallstone growth. It also is a gentle herb that detoxifies the body in a way that does not stress the body and is very easy on the adrenals. Chicory contributes to many of the chemical functions for which the liver is responsible.
The root of the chicory plant has long been used as a substitute for coffee, and ground chicory root is added to certain types of beer to add flavour. It also has an incredible source of dietary fibre. Chicory root is extremely high in inulin, an important prebiotic fibre that is also found in bananas and Jerusalem artichoke.
Chicory Root is Chicory is good to take for your digestive health, it reduces levels of bad LDL cholesterol in the body. Chicory has been linked to a reduction in tumour growth in various cancer studies. Chicory root has traditionally been used as a treatment for arthritis, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
This herb promotes weight loss, so great to take as part of a weight control detox program. Chicory treats constipation and boosts immunity. It has amazing antibacterial effects on several dangerous strains of bacteria. Relieves acid reflux and heartburn. often used as a diuretic, which increases urine volume; frequent urination can help eliminate toxins that the body stores in the liver and kidneys.
All in all a wonderful herb that is well worth exploring and it tastes good.
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