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Chicory Root: The Coffee Substitute that Help with Diabetes, Constipation & Osteoarthritis

March 28, 2018

Benefits of Chicory Root

 

 Do you love your morning of cup of coffee but worried about caffeine overdose? Chicory root just may be the answer you’re looking for.

 

 

 

 

1. Reduces Stress

For anyone who has issues with stress, caffeine can exacerbate that issue. Caffeine, of course, is a main ingredient found in coffee, and even small amounts are found in the decaffeinated versions. Consuming less caffeine can really help lower epinephrine and cortisol levels when sleeping and during stressful life circumstances.

A 2006 study published in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior showed that repeated consumption of caffeine combined with stress caused a significant elevation in cortisol levels. (1) Since chicory contains no caffeine, it’s a great substitute to reduce your caffeine consumption and get cortisol levels in check, thereby reducing stress.

 

2. Contains Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Plant polyphenols have the ability to help combat inflammation. A study was conducted at by the Department of Pathophysiology and Gerontology at the University of Pécs Medical School in Hungary with 27 healthy volunteers who were asked to consume caffeine-free chicory coffee, a rich source of plant phenols, for one week. Significant improvements were seen in red blood cell deformability, which describes the body’s ability to respond to inflammation by restoring cells to their original condition. 

This means chicory can reduce inflammation, which is huge. Why? Because inflammation is the root of most diseases, so when you can lower bodywide inflammation, you can stave off many health problems before they even have the chance to start.

 

3. Protects the Liver

The ability of chicory root extract to protect against chemical-induced free radicals and possible toxicity to the liver was reviewed in a 2015 medical review. Subjects were divided into four groups, according to treatment type, and levels of free radical damage and antioxidants were reviewed during the process. Pretreatment with chicory extract significantly reduced oxidative stress and prevented cell damage, ultimately improving liver conditions due to toxicity. 

Results demonstrated that chicory extract is rich in natural antioxidants and able to scavenge reactive free radicals. Therefore, it boosts the defense system of the body while also cleansing the liver.

 

4. May Prevent or Delay the Onset of Diabetes

Diabetes is a major issue in the U.S., but it doesn’t have to be. There are many natural ways to manage and treat diabetes, and it begins with diet. Chicory may be a good addition to a diabetic diet plan to help prevent or treat this all too common medical condition.

The extract from roasted chicory root was examined in a study published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, examining its effects on blood glucose, lipid metabolism and fecal properties in 47 healthy adult participants. The level of adiponectin, a protein that regulates glucose levels as well as the fatty acid breakdown, significantly improved in those participants who had the chicory root extract. These results suggest that chicory root extract could delay or prevent the early onset of diabetes as well as improve bowel movements due to the fibrous makeup.

 

5. Helps Manage Osteoarthritis

A clinical trial conducted by the Rheumatic Diseases Division at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Internal Medicine suggests that the extracts of chicory root have anti-inflammatory properties that may help with arthritic symptoms, particularly degenerative joint disease, aka osteoarthritis.

Individuals over the age of 50 with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee were treated with chicory, with researchers measuring vital signs through routine lab tests throughout the test period and at the end. Eighteen patients who completed treatment per protocol were analyzed, and at least 13 patients showed a 20 percent improvement in response to pain and stiffness, showcasing chicory’s ability to help treat this joint pain. 

 

 

6. Aids Gut Health

Chicory root contains oligosaccharide-enriched inulin, which is a prebiotic.The inulin in chicory root is also known as a prebiotic fiber because it’s highly fermentable by the friendly bacteria in the gut. Probiotics can help promote the growth of helpful probiotics in your digestive system and may enhance calcium absorption. This is why you’re likely to see inulin, or chicory root fiber, in probiotic supplements. 

This can be good but also uncomfortable since the gut will produce more gas with more fermentation. If you ever wonder why something you ate may be upsetting your stomach, it could be due to the amount of inulin your body is trying to process possibly, causing gas, bloating and pain.

 

7. Relieves Constipation

Chicory root has been shown to relieve constipation thanks in large part to its inulin role. Research published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition examined the impact of daily consumption of 15 grams of chicory on elderly constipated volunteers. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study took place over 28 days.

The study revealed that “volunteers in the inulin group reported increased satisfaction about digestion and reduced defecation difficulties during the supplementation. … Daily supplementation with 15 grams inulin improves constipation and quality of life in an elderly population with constipation.”

 

So what are you waiting for?? Pop in Casanova Gelato and have yours Chicory Coffee!!!!

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