Chicory is known to us best as a coffee substitute, and at worst like a weed. But few people know that chicory is a real storehouse of nutrients. What are useful properties of chicory.

Let's start with the fact that the word "chicory" can refer to two plants chicory salad and chicory common. Chicory salad (endive) is cultivated in the Mediterranean countries and uses its leaves in cooking. A chicory ordinary (wild chicory, Petrovian batogi) often grows like a weed, but it is famous for its medicinal properties. So today we will talk about the useful properties of wild chicory.

Most of the nutrients are contained in the root of the chicory (which, incidentally, can reach 15 meters in length). In the first place is a polysaccharide inulin  (just do not confuse it with insulin). Inulin is a reserve carbohydrate, which can serve as a substitute for sugar and starch. It is very easily absorbed by the body, so chicory is often included in the diets diet of diabetics.

The milky juice of the chicory contains bitter substances, therefore, chicory is well increases appetite. So if you have problems with appetite - you will help a cup of a fragrant drink from the root of chicory before dinner.

In addition, known antimicrobial properties of chicory. Therefore, drinks from chicory used to normalize the digestive system in case of gastrointestinal disorders and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases (for example, dysbiosis). A tincture, infusions and decoctions of chicory are used externally for the treatment of skin diseases (dermatitis, eczema, neurodermatitis, seborrhea, psoriasis, acne, etc.).

Even such well-known useful properties of chicory: choleretic, diuretic, astringent, febrifuge, anthelmintic. Therefore, chicory is used to treat cholelithiasis, normalization of the pancreas, kidneys and liver.

Chicory contains potassium and iron, so it beneficial for the cardiovascular system. It normalizes heart function, promotes vasodilation and excretion of their blood "bad" cholesterol (low density lipoprotein ). The chicory used in the treatment of atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, tachycardia and anemia.

Chicory has a positive effect on the nervous system. It contains vitamins of group B, which have a calming effect on the nervous system, while not inhibiting it. Therefore, a drink from chicory, unlike coffee, you can safely drink before going to bed and not be afraid that you will not be able to sleep properly. On the contrary, it can be used to combat insomnia. And in the morning the drink from chicory, on the contrary, will give vivacity and will charge with energy.

But every coin has a flip side, and chicory surely is not only useful but also hazardous properties. Yes, there are certain contraindications to the use of chicory. which are worth observing. The root of chicory contains a lot of vitamin C, and ascorbic acid can cause allergic reactions in people prone to allergies. Therefore, do not be addicted to chicory.

Despite the fact that preparations containing chicory, used to treat stomach ulcers and duodenal ulcers, and gastritis, to drink instant coffee beverages containing chicory in these diseases is not recommended. Chicory is able to provoke and exacerbate the cough. this also needs to be taken into account when receiving it. If you are suffering from excessive weight, chicory should be taken with caution. On the one hand, it helps to lose weight because of the high content of inulin, which will replace your sugar, on the other - it stimulates the appetite, and the whole diet can go wrong. Finally, do not use chicory for individual intolerance (which, incidentally, is rare).

The chicory used in the form of decoctions, infusions of inflorescences, roots and herbs. You can also take the juice of chicory. For cooking the decoction of inflorescences 2 tablespoon of inflorescences pour or boil 500 ml of water and filtered. Drink the infusion or decoction several times a day (3-4) one third of a Cup to improve digestion.

To cook a decoction of the roots. need 1 tsp. crushed roots pour a glass of boiling water, boil for 10 minutes, strain and drink a quarter cup 4 times a day. For preparationherb infusion  1 tsp raw pour a glass of boiling water, let it brew and strain. Drink the infusion 2-3 times a day before eating a half cup. If you are planning an external application of infusion, the proportions of the ingredients will be as follows: 20 g of raw materials per half liter of boiling water.

As you can see, the useful properties of chicory make it a very valuable herb. That's just do not neglect conventional medicine and rely on medicinal plants. Everything is good in moderation. Be healthy!