Chicory (Cichorium intybus) is a herb which is widely popular is the Far East for its pleasant flavor and sweet taste. Chicory root is used for preparing a tasty natural healthy beverage – chicory root tea, a cheaper and much healthier substitute for coffee. The leaves of the herb are used as an ingredient for vegetable salads. Chicory is a relative of both lettuce and dandelion, though it does not look like any of these plants. Some specialists believe that chicory can actually belong to sunflower family, but it is really hard to say anything from the way the herb looks!
One way or another, chicory is an excellent source of natural nutrients, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, as well as niacin, inulin, vitamins A, C and other useful microelements. Chicory root tea is totally caffeine-free, therefore using ground roasted chicory root instead of coffee beans is a solution for those who have personal sensitivity to caffeinated drinks. But the taste of the beverage is quite similar to coffee, and even more roasted. In addition, consuming this type of coffee is linked to a number of chicory benefits, which we can’t normally receive from our usual coffee.
Therapeutic powers and health benefits of chicory have been known for centuries. Chicory root tea is considered to be one of the most effective natural remedies for body cleansing. It not only aids harmful toxin removal from our intestines, it also assists in blood cleansing, as well as controlling the levels of sugar in the blood. That is why this herbal remedy is highly recommended and beneficial to those who suffer from type 2 diabetes.
In addition, chicory root tea can be used to reduce the risks of kidney stones, jaundice and other liver diseases. Chicory benefits also include anti-infalmmatory properties of this natural remedy, which can also relieve pains of arthritis and headaches. Being a great source of vitamin A, chicory has positive effects on our vision and the function of our nervous system. Chicory root tea goes perfectly well with such herbal remedies as peppermint and chamomile, which balance the flavor and add more health benefits of chicory.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.