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Chicory in Your Salad or Coffee Is Great for Digestion

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Chicory may help reduce the serious side effects associated with chronic constipation by increasing fiber and intestinal motility
  • The herb is a rich source of inulin, which is responsible for many of its digestive benefits, including reducing constipation and feeding beneficial bacteria
  • Inulin improves the concentration of beneficial bacteria, which reduce leaky gut and affect acid reflux and indigestion
  • The gut-brain axis is a point of bidirectional communication that affects central nervous system disorders and may reduce neurological symptoms
  • Although there are many benefits, women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding should not consume chicory; those with allergies to daisies, ragweed or marigolds may also be allergic to chicory

The common chicory (Cichorium intybus) is an herb belonging to the Asteraceae family and is native to Europe. It is versatile and often grown as fodder for livestock. Traditionally, most parts of the plant are used in cooking and medicine.

Chicory has a woody stem, long taproot and bright blue flowers. More rarely you may find it with white or pink flowers. Currently the plant is cultivated throughout the Netherlands, France and Germany and is so common it may be found growing along the roadside in temperate regions to a height of 3 to 5 feet.


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