Chicory is a plant roots, which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. It is also grown as a forage crop for livestock. It lives as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and in North America and Australia, where it has become widely naturalized.Health Benefits of chicory root:
Adding chicory root to the diet of lab rats significantly increased antioxidant levels in the blood
. Researchers believe the benefit of dietary supplementation with chicory is because of its polyphenolic (antioxidant) compounds.
Chicory root provides functional support to the liver.
Chicory may provide direct functional support to the digestive
reactions in the body. Chicory root increases the flow of bile, which supports digestion. Because extra bile helps break down fats, chicory root may help optimize blood composition and is worth consideration by anyone seeking to achieve optimal liver and gallbladder health.
Chicory root has a long history of providing support to liver problems. Ancient Romans used the herb to help cleanse the blood.
Egyptians were known to consume chicory root in large amounts to help purify the liver and the blood. It’s popular today as a caffeine free replacement for coffee
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