Herbalist value (Cichorium intybus) chicory as a bitter digestive tonic.
Used as teas, and heated beverages. Prepare just like coffee or add in equal parts to coffee. Also, combines well with coffee, burdock and dandelion root. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
Chicory is a woody, herbaceous plant that has many health benefits. These include its ability to ease digestive problems, prevent heartburn, reduce arthritis pain, detoxify the liver and gallbladder, prevent bacterial infections, boost the immune system, and reduce the chances of heart diseases. It is also a natural sedative that can fight against kidney stones and promote weight loss. All in all, this small plant is a powerful addition to any diet.
According to USDA National Nutrient Database, chicory is a great source of vitamins and minerals, including zinc, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron, folic acid, and potassium, as well as vitamin A, B6, C, E, and K. These are the main agents behind all of the health benefits that come from chicory.
Although there are many benefits of using chicory for your health, you should not consume it in excess:
- If you are pregnant there is a possibility that it can stimulate menstruation and possibly lead to a miscarriage.
- Also, women should not eat excess chicory while breastfeeding, since there is a lack of research done on the transfer between mother and child through breast milk.
- Furthermore, this plant is closely related to ragweed, marigolds, and daisies, so allergic reactions are not uncommon, especially, if you are already allergic to these species.
- It is advisable to consult your doctor whenever you add something new to your diet. Finally, if you have gallstones, too much chicory can exacerbate the problem, so be sure to speak to your doctor if you have had gallbladder issues in the past.