Chicory root and extracts from chicory root were first reported in the United States in the early 1800′s. Studies are ongoing to discover numerous health benefits to using chicory root in order treat various health concerns. It contains inulin, a polysaccharide that is used as a probiotic and has been seen to help those with indigestion problems. Chicory root works as a natural antacid and has been shown to neutralize acid and help those with acid indigestion. Those that took chicory root as a supplement found that their upset stomach, indigestion and heartburn were significantly reduced. In addition, chicory root has been found to increase bile production which can help significantly in digestion and aid in detoxing the liver and gallbladder. It is also a good source of beta carotene.
Taking chicory root extract and inulin is beneficial because it helps with constipation, balances the bacteria in your colon and cuts down on cholesterol levels, according to MayoClinic.com. Among it’s many benefits, chicory root has been used as an herbal treatment for anxiety due to it’s sedative properties. It has been recommended as an aid to help reduce certain types of high cholesterol, specifically LDL cholesterol. Chicory root has also been seen to help those with urinary problems, kidney stones and gout due to its diuretic properties and thus its ability to bring about a flushing affect within the body that comes along with increased urine production.
Studies show that those who consume chicory root have an increase feeling of satiety or the feeling that your stomach is full. This effect can help those hoping to lose weight since this feeling of satiety is often what causes people to overeat and if they feel as if they are full after taking chicory root then they are less likely to overeat. It helps make you feel like you’re not hungry so you won’t overeat.
Chicory root is sometimes added to coffee as it rounds out the flavors and will decreas the caffeine found in regular coffee bean brews. It’s also a great additive to Dandelion Root Tea if you are trying to avoid caffeine. Some even say that Dandelion Root Tea with chicory tastes much like coffee. While chicory root is believed to be safe, it should be avoided by women who are pregnant, believed to be pregnant and women who are breast feeding. Due to it’s high fiber content, chicory root can cause gas or diarrhea.
In short, chicory root is a herb that if you see on an ingredient list, you know it’s safe to consume. Click here if you would like information on how you can grow your own.
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