Chicory has been used medicinally for centuries by various cultures, dating as far back as the ancient Egyptians, to treat, cancer, kidney stones, wound healing, jaundice, and tumors. While the healing properties of chicory have been known for thousands of years, modern medicine has been slow to recognize it. But recent studies are bringing to light just how powerful the healing properties of this plant are.
Every part of the chicory plant is edible, seeds, roots, leaves, and flowers can all be eaten and are in various cultures throughout the world. The root is often used as a coffee substitute and eaten like a vegetable. Chicory leaves and flowers are both consumed fresh or cooked. Every part of the chicory plant is used in traditional medicines globally, but although healing nutrients are found throughout the plant they are mainly concentrated in the root.
So, lets look at some of the many ailments chicory is used to help with around the world.
Promotes Healthy Gut Microbiome
Chicory root contains a high amount of Inulin, a prebiotic which promotes the growth of beneficial bacterial in the gastrointestinal tract. Because chicory root is high in inulin, it can help balance the microbiome and thereby improve health and well-being.
Kills Cancer Cells
Chicory has been reported to kill breast cancer cells in vitro. According to a Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology study done in 2011, chicory root extract not only stopped the growth of prostate, colorectal, and breast cancer cells in vitro, it induced cancer cell death. Chicory has also exhibited a cytotoxic effect on leukemia and melanoma.
May Help Prevent and Manage Diabetes
A study published in 2015 concluded that “chicory root extract could delay or prevent the early onset of diabetes mellitus.”
After consuming chicory root extract for 4 weeks there was a significant decrease in hemoglobin A1c, indicating an improved regulation of blood sugar levels. Supplementing with chicory for two months resulted in reduced levels of fasting blood glucose and hemoglobin A1c, as well as reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure among women with type 2 diabetes.
Helps Reverse and Prevent Chronic and Autoimmune Diseases
Recent studies have shown that chicory root possesses anti-inflammatory activity by inhibiting inflammatory cytokines, boosting antioxidant potential, and acting as a free radical scavenger. Because inflammation is linked to the development and progression of chronic and autoimmune diseases, the ability of chicory to reduce inflammation could play a role in the prevention and reversal of those conditions.
Those are just a few of the benefits of Chicory, it has also been known to:
Prevent DNA Damage
Promote Heart Health
Promote Liver Health
Promote Wound Healing
Fight Parasitic Infections
Fight Bacterial Infections
Fight Fungal Infections
And Fight Viral Infections
The amazing benefits of one plant is astounding! Chicory is a literal powerhouse of nutrients, counteracting so many different ailments and infections. Not to mention that it is found almost globally, it definitely shows that our Creator thought about and provided for our wellbeing.
So, are you wondering how to get Chicory in your diet?
Note: Before adding anything to your diet you will need to make sure it will not interfere with any medications or prescriptions you may be taking.