Roasted Chicory Root
Latin name: Cichorus Intybus
Health Benefits of Roasted Chicory Root
Chicory Root is widely popular in the Far East for its pleasant flavor and sweet taste. Chicory Root tea is used as a coffee substitute - far healthier than coffee, more economical, and naturally caffeine-free. For the coffee lover who needs an alternative, this is the perfect replacement. In addition, Chicory Root added to coffee will help counteract the stimulating affects of the caffeine.
Chicory Root is also considered one of the most effective natural remedies for body cleansing. It aids in harmful toxin removal from the intestines and aids in blood cleansing.
Inulin is the primary constituent in Chicory Root which makes this herb so amazing. Inulin is a prebiotic that helps maintain healthy intestinal flora. While a probiotic helps populate your body with healthy bacteria, a prebiotic helps promote the growth of those healthy organisms. In essence, it "feeds" the healthy bacteria. Some probiotic supplements contain FOS (Fructo-oligosaccharides) which helps feed the probiotics in those pills. The main source of FOS for these products is, in fact, Chicory Root! Chicory Root in essence helps buck up the immune system.
Other health benefits include:
- Helps control blood sugar levels, so it is helpful for those with diabetes.
- As an anti-inflammatory, it helps relieve arthritic pain as well as headaches.
- Helps reduce the risk of kidney stones, jaundice, and other liver conditions.
- Acts as a diuretic, helping rid the body of excess water and uric acid, yet without depleting the body of potassium and other minerals. This helps in the treatment of rheumatism and gout.
- Helps treat indigestion and constipation.
- Enhances calcium absorption so it is good for the bones.
- Has a positive impact on eyesight.
- Improves nervous system function.
- Has a mild sedative effect.
- Improves the metabolism of fats.
- May help prevent heart disease and cancer.
Nutritional Benefits of Chicory Root
- Chicory is an excellent source of nutrients, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, niacin, inulin, vitamins A and C, and other useful microelements.
How to Use Chicory Root
- To make a Chicory Root tea, steep 2 teaspoons with 16 oz. boiling water. Steep 10 minutes and strain. Add milk or sweetener if desired. We like to add almond milk and molasses.
- You can also mix it with peppermint, cinnamon, or other aromatic herbs to create additional flavors.
Cautions and Side Effects of Chicory Root
- Avoid excessive use if you have gallstones.
- Avoid if pregnant or nursing.