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Chickory / Cichorium intybus


Family:

Compositae/ Asteraceae

Genus:

Cichorium

Species:

intybus

Folk / Common Names:

Succory, Wild Cherry , Wild Succory

Actions:

Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Laxative, Hepatic, tonic

Part(s) Used:

root and leaf

Constituents:

Sesquiterpene lactones lactucin and lactupicrin, . 8-desoxylactucrin , magnolialide, artesin, chicrodides B and C , sonchoside C, Coumarins, chiconin, esculetin, umbelliferone and scopoletin, in the herb Polyphenolic acid,s and flavoinoids in the aerial parts, Chicoric, chlorogenic, monocaffeoyl and hydoxycinnamic acids, luteolin anbd quercetin glycosides abnd glucuronides, inulin and ployyines in the root

Uses:

The leaves can be used in salad as a bitter leafy green which stimulates the gallbladder and aids digestion. The roots can be roasted and used as a healthy alternative to coffee. The root is what is used in herbal medicine and is very useful to assist in cleansing the Liver. Chicory is great for your digestive health as it contains inulin, which is a powerful prebiotic.
Inulin is not only beneficial for the digestive system, but it has also shown to reduce the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in the body.

It has been found that the root contains up to 20% inulin, a polysaccharide similar to starch. Inulin is mainly found in the plant family Asteraceae as a storage carbohydrate (for example Jerusalem artichoke, dahlia, yacon, etc.).
It is used as a sweetener in the food industry with a sweetening power 10% that of sucrose and is sometimes added to yogurts as a prebiotic. Inulin is also gaining popularity as a source of soluble dietary fiber and functional food.

Chicory root extract is a dietary supplement or food additive produced by mixing dried, ground chicory root with water, and removing the insoluble fraction by filtration and centrifugation. Other methods may be used to remove pigments and sugars.
It is used as a source of soluble fiber. Fresh chicory root typically contains, by dry weight, 68% inulin, 14% sucrose, 5% cellulose, 6% protein, 4% ash, and 3% other compounds.
Dried chicory root extract contains, by weight, about 98% inulin and 2% other compounds.Fresh chicory root may contain between 13 and 23% inulin, by total weight.

Majikal Uses:

Chickory is carried to remove obstacles that come up in your life. It is also carried to promote frugality.

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