Hello! Welcome to my article on Chicory. What is chicory? Chicory may be best known as a caffeine-free coffee substitute. Many people are trying to avoid caffeine and have turned to this easily obtained herb as a replacement that offers a rich, mellow taste without the caffeine. In addition, it can be used as an herbal remedy for a variety of different conditions. Learn more about how chicory can be a benefit to your health.
1. Chicory coffee ironically may actually be better and healthier than the 'pure' coffee beans as it many counteract the harsh stimulant effect of coffee.
2. Chicory contains Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Chicory is also one of the richest sources of vitamin A which makes it excellent for the eyes.
3. Chicory is a natural sedative and anti-inflammatory for the nervous system.
4. Chicory is known for its ability to help prevent jaundice and an enlarged liver when mixed with water and consumed.
5. Chicory Root has diuretic properties that provide protection for the urinary tract system and kidneys. Toxins are removed and the cleansing of the body is stimulated because of an increase in urine flow.
6. The herb is a natural laxative. It is, therefore, beneficial in the treatment of chronic Constipation. As a mild laxative, chicory root is good for expelling morbid matter from the intestines, further purifying the system of waste and toxins and often helping in cases of constipation.
7. Chicory helps to counteract stomach acid after eating too much rich food.
8. Chicory helps in indigestion relief and relief from diarrhoea and gastritis. Chicory has detoxifying effects that help in treating digestive problems, gastritis, hepatitis, gall bladder problems, intestinal worms and haemorrhoids. Because of its potential for removing contaminants from the digestive system, the liver does not have to work so hard to filter out toxins that may have escaped into the bloodstream.
9. Proper digestive functioning is crucial for weight loss and proper digestion. Chicory root enables the body to digest foods and liquid better, by increasing the flow of bile.
10. A decoction of the root has benefit in treatment of gout. It has been used to expel gravel, calcium deposits, and excess uric acid from the body, which helps to prevent gout and kidney stones.
11. Chicory flowers, seeds and roots are medicinally used in the treatment of liver disorders. About 30 to 60 ml of decoction of the flowers, seeds or roots can be used three times daily, with beneficial results.
12. A decoction of chicory seeds is useful in treating obstructed menstruation.
13. It helps in decreasing glycaemia and cholesterol levels, which in turn reduce diabetes and artery sclerosis. Chicory Root helps to fight fat and helps to decrease blood cholesterol levels, as well as control rapid heartbeat. Those with a very high fat diet have experienced a remarkable decrease in blood cholesterol levels in time after taking chicory root.
14. Studies show chicory aids in the body's ability to absorb calcium, a nutrient that helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth.
15. Chicory serves as an effective tonic and is very helpful in anaemia, when mixed with celery and parsley.
16. The juice extracted from chicory leaves is used for treating sore breasts in nursing mothers. When a paste of the leaves is applied externally to the breasts, it provides lot of relief.
17. The herb is used as a headache reliever and also applied externally as a compress to reduce the inflammation of rheumatism and the pain of stiff and sore joints.
18. The herb helps in preventing osteoporosis, colon cancer and breast cancer.
19. Chicory root contains the highest concentrations of inulin, and this friendly flora helps to improve overall digestive function of the body. It also greatly reduces the risk of intestinal cancer.
20. The dry root of chicory is powdered and consumed with honey, to treat chronic bronchitis.
21. Chicory is also used as a food additive, as a flavouring agent, a sweetener and improves texture in processed foods.
22. It is an excellent source of folate (folic acid), and vitamin B needed for cell replication and growth which is a key nutritional requirement during pregnancy.
23. Women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may find that regular use of chicory root as a bitter and a liver tonic may assist in maintaining hormone balance and lessening the symptoms of PMS. It has also shown to discourage the growth of yeast infections.
The benefits of chicory are many. Consume it in form of decoction, or the leaves as salads for a healthy digestive system.
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