Chicory (Cichorium intybus) : A powerful plant that strengthens immunity and relieves stress

This Mediterranean plant is rich in minerals, such as zinc, magnesium, manganese, calcium, potassium, as well as vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, and has been known for centuries for its beneficial effects on health.

It is usually added to salads, its leaves can be prepared in the same way as spinach, while the root is usually ground and consumed as a substitute for coffee.

It is believed that this plant is good for our heart because it reduces the level of bad cholesterol in the blood. Culprits for atherosclerosis and high blood pressure ,and thus for heart attack and stroke. Numerous studies say that it has an anticancer effect because it slows down the growth of tumors, but also has a preventive effect.

Great for weight loss –

It is rich in fiber, so it is a great choice for those who would like to lose extra pounds. Its ingredients regulate the work of ghrelin, known as the hunger hormone, so thanks to chicory we will not overeat, and it will give us a feeling of satiety. In addition, chicory contains good probiotic bacteria, which speeds up digestion and is effective against constipation. And this can be the cause of bloating and excess weight.

Strengthens immunity –

It suppresses many dangerous bacteria, and it is also rich in elements that act as powerful antioxidants and expel free radicals from our body. This release of harmful particles reduces the risk of many diseases.

Relieves stress –

Thanks to its sedative properties, with chicory you will significantly reduce anxiety, clear your mind, get rid of stress and all the dangers it carries. Some studies have shown that chicory root extracts can also help with insomnia. And when you get rid of tension and sleep well, you are well on your way to being bypassed by heart problems, hormonal imbalance, premature aging…

– Watch out for side effects –

Although chicory can bring so much good, you should be careful with it. It would be best to avoid it for pregnant women, nursing mothers, those who have gallstones or sand, as well as those who are allergic to similar plants such as ragweed, calendula, white radish.

Published by Sophia Dane

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