Many people like coffee, but since it has a number of contraindications, we suggest that you learn more about the alternative chicory drink in order to get the maximum benefit from its use.
Which of us did not admire the beautiful blue flowers growing along the roads, in the woods in the meadow and even in city parks? This is a chicory. A drink made from its root is also called. Currently, chicory is widely used in modern medicine and in food production.
By the way, among European countries, France takes first place in the volume of cultivation and consumption of chicory. French chicory is very much appreciated among lovers of this product. So, in France during the reign of Napoleon, the consumption of chicory was higher than coffee.
The main beneficial component of chicory is inulin. It is contained in the root of the plant. It is not for nothing that chicory is called the “root king” among the people. It is the rhizome that is the main raw material for all products, including the drink. Chicory root contains a large number of organic acids, micro and macro elements, B vitamins, pectin, carotene, protein substances, and resins. As a fiber, chicory is very beneficial for intestinal microflora. It also contains a large number of substances useful to the human body. Chicory is a natural substitute for sugar and starch. And the inhibin glycoside contained in it contributes to the expansion of blood vessels and relieves tachycardia.
In chicory, you can add milk, cream, honey or sugar as well as in coffee. We suggest you learn more about this drink in order to get the most out of it.
The benefits of chicory
For the nervous system
Enriched with B vitamins, chicory root has a beneficial effect on the nervous system. It also gives strength, energizes the body, invigorates and cheers up.
In the fight against excess weight
As already mentioned, inulin, contained in the root of chicory, lowers blood sugar. If you can not do without sweets, pastries and other kinds of sweets, drink a drink from chicory. Inulin neutralizes the harm of these products. Thiamine (B1) helps the conversion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into energy. Riboflavin (B2) promotes the breakdown of fats, thereby eliminating excess weight. And chicory contains triterpenes active substances, which contribute to the improvement of metabolic processes in the body. Pectin helps quench hunger. For this purpose, experts recommend drinking chicory after breakfast and lunch.
With high sugar
It was said above that inulin regulates blood sugar levels. Doctors recommend using it as an additional tool in basic therapy for diabetes.
For the digestive system
Inulin is also very beneficial for intestinal microflora. In folk medicine, a decoction of chicory root has long been used for digestive problems. A drink reduces the risk of inflammatory processes in the intestines. It also promotes the growth of beneficial bifidobacteria and the absorption of calcium.
For the cardiovascular system
As a substitute for coffee, which does not contain caffeine, a drink from chicory root is very useful for the cardiovascular system. The fact is that chicory is rich in potassium and magnesium. And, as you know, it is these microelements that are necessary for good heart function. They strengthen the heart muscle, help fight tachycardia and other cardiovascular diseases. Chicory also contributes to the expansion of blood vessels and normalize the growth of heart contractions. In addition, it helps to lower the level of “bad cholesterol” in the blood. Such a multifaceted effect makes chicory very useful in diseases such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, tachycardia, atherosclerosis, and others.
With the regular use of chicory, the immune system strengthens. This is due not only to the content of vitamins in it but primarily due to the fact that it is rich in inulin. It improves metabolism, helps to eliminate toxins from the body. Thus accelerates the absorption of all nutrients. Also, the drink contains chicory acid, which directly strengthens the immune system.
For men’s health
Chicory is good for the male body. It improves the functioning of the genitourinary system. It is able to enhance blood flow in the prostate gland, eliminates the stagnant processes of the small pelvis and has a beneficial effect on potency. This plant is especially useful for men with bad habits (smoking, drinking alcohol) and irregular malnutrition.
Chicory – an alternative to coffee
Many people, after weighing the benefits and harms of coffee, refuse it and are looking for a replacement. It is this alternative that chicory often becomes. The roasted root of the plant has a bitter and astringent taste. Therefore, a drink from it is able to imitate coffee. And also chicory energizes the body with energy, vitality and uplifting.
However, along with the beneficial properties of this drink, one should not forget about contraindications. Since chicory is a medicinal plant, the recommended daily rate is 200-300 mg, not more. And abuse is always harmful, even when it comes to natural herbs and medicines.
If you do not have contraindications and you follow the recommended doses, chicory will be very useful for your body.