• Drinking chicory coffee is a healthy habit because there is no caffeine in it. This healing root rejuvenates the blood, the whole organism, and stimulates liver and gallbladder function.
• Chicory can be found everywhere, it grows like a weed, along trails and paths, pastures, meadows, and forests. This weeded green herb began to be cultivated as a coffee substitute but also because of its healing properties.
• As a coffee substitute, the root of chicory is used, and its leaves are specialities in the kitchens of the world, although their taste is slightly bitter. It is used in Italian, Spanish, Greek and Turkish cuisine. In Italy, it is mostly used as a pasta additive, and in other kitchens, it goes mainly with meat.
• Chicory is reduced by cooking, and other additives that change the flavor, such as garlic and salted sardines.
There are numerous healthy choices of chicory taking.
• It helps with digestive problems: chicory contains inulin, which is a powerful probiotic and used to fight the intestinal and digestive problems.
• Therapeutic salad – the leaves and roots of leafy chicory are known as a herbal remedy for digestive organs. Because of the bitterness, the leaves are well mixed with other types of salad. It is needed to fry the leaves of chicory for a short while on hot olive oil, soak it, and serve as an appendage to the other meals.
• Leaves and roots of chicory can be added to different types of vegetables when preparing juices using a mixer.
• The chicory salad can be enhanced by mixing with other salads and fruit, with its odorless taste losing significantly, with oranges, pineapple or apple. Or, you can just add this bitter chicory taste to other salads, so get a tasty and aesthetical salad, especially if you use red coriander.
• It helps lowering cholesterol
• It has been shown that inulin reduces the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
• Against arthritis – chicory is traditionally used as a cure for arthritis, and studies have shown that chicory has significant anti-inflammatory properties. Chicory is also considered as a general anti-inflammatory agent and also helps with muscle pain.
• Help with Weight Loss – chicory contains natural dietary fiber that helps control weight and loss of excess weight. It also helps regulate the sense of hunger.
• Fight against anxiety and stress – chicory has sedative properties that can reduce anxiety and calm the mind. Its extract is used in solving sleeping problems.
• Besides, chicory is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins and contains zinc, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron, folic acid, potassium and vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K.
CAUTION: CHICORY IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PREGNANT WOMEN BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF COMPLICATIONS.