Our ancestors widely used various herbs to promote health. Today, when a healthy lifestyle is becoming the norm, people have begun to think about medicinal plants, natural sources of beneficial substances. Herbs, teas, syrups and drinks are on sale in stores and pharmacies. Achricoria coffee has returned to the market. What is your greatest benefit or damage to health?
What is achicoria
Chicory is a perennial herbaceous plant with bluish flowers. In the ancient USSR it is mostly in the European part of Russia, in the Caucasus, in southern Western Siberia and in Central Asia. It grows abundantly in forests, clear, ditches along the roads, meadows and wasted.
Chicory is a food plant. Young leaves and roots are used as food. The leaves are used to prepare salads, they are added to the soups as a dressing, it can be a seasoning for fish, kebabs. Chicory roots are used to prepare a drink that replaces coffee or serves as an additive. With the roots, infusions, tinctures and decoctions are prepared.
Its useful properties were already known in ancient Egypt and Rome.
Today, achicoria is cultivated extensively not only in Russia, but also in other countries.
Composition and useful properties
Inulin is also a natural probiotic that stimulates intestinal peristaltism.
It also contains
- essential oils;
- Intibine glucóside;
- resinous substances;
Therefore, the rich composition of achicoria not only has a reconstituent effect, but also regulates metabolic processes and normalizes the composition of the blood. It is recommended to apply in case of skin diseases, nerve irritability, the fight against excess weight.
In popular and traditional medicine, the drug has found application in the following diseases
- slow digestion;
But the herbalists know that achicoria, like any medicinal plant, can do as much as bad as the organism.
The herbalists reap the achicoria themselves and prepare a healthy drink with their roots.
The grass is harvested in early spring or at the end of autumn in ecologically clean zones.
To make coffee, the roots are washed thoroughly and dried into the air. A dry root is easily broken. Be carefully split into uniform pieces and are tied in the oven. When the roots are golden, they cool and grind in a coffee grinder. It is prepared as normal coffee, that is, 2 teaspoons of ground root are poured into 200 ml of boiling water. Then let stand for a while for the ground root particles to settle.
Whole roots can be kept in a dry place for about 3 years. The powder product can be kept in a wel l-closed glass jar for about a year.
Chicory can be used at home not only for medicinal purposes for coffee, but also for infusions, decoctions, tisans and tinctures, which can be taken internally or externally.
Fill 500 ml of water with 20 grams of chopped roots. Boil over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Let cool the broth and strain it with a gauze or a strainer.
Chopped roots pour boiling water, cover and let stand for about 2 hours. Take 20 grams of roots crushed by 1 liter of boiling water.
Pour the crushed roots with vodka and infusion for 2 weeks. Take 100 grams of raw material for 400 ml of liquid.
On an industrial scale, the chicory root is used to make a drink that is recommended to drink instead of coffee. It can be powdered or in the form of syrup.
Chicory coffee: health benefits
The beneficial properties of this herb are fully extended to the drink made with its roots. Chicory coffee retains the benefits of the plant, but it can be harmful if it is not consumed correctly.
Thanks to his tannins, he strengthens the gums, hesates the small wounds of the mouth and helps fight the decay.
The licorice instead of coffee is useful in the following situations:
When coffee should not be drink
It is recommended for all those people who, for any reason, do not want to drink coffee because it contains caffeine. First of all
- hypertensive people;
- pregnant women and breastfeeding;
It also increases our work and energy capacity, as well as coffee. But, unlike coffee, it is soft, it does not overexcite the nervous system, it does not increase blood pressure and does not cause palpitations.
Chicory is not harmful to pregnant women. If there are no other contraindications.
Pregnant women are recommended because
- It does not contain caffeine
- It is beneficial for the heart and blood vessels
- normalizes the work of the gastrointestinal tract;
- eliminates stomach burning and constipation
- restores the psych o-emotional state;
- Improves mood.
For the same reasons, coffee is suitable for lactating women.
Despite the undoubted benefits of tea, it is not an absolutely healthy drink for the baby. Tea, like coffee, contains caffeine. Chicory, on the other hand, does not contain caffeine.
Chicory is recommended for children from the age of three or four. You should start with a small portion (3 tablespoons) to see how the body reacts.
Children will benefit more from instant radicchio if it is diluted with milk. Will harm the child in the event that she has
- heart or vascular diseases
- asthma or allergies;
- is less than three years old.
It is useful to give chicory and honey to children with colds. It can also be added to juice.
In the fight against obesity
Chicory coffee is recommended for obesity.
Women and men.
Women are advised to drink this drink to improve hair and skin health, as it promotes collagen production. Coffee helps fight skin rashes, increases immunity and vitality.
For men, coffee from the roots of the plant is good for improving the genitourinary system. Eliminates congestion in the pelvis, increases blood flow and improves power. The drink also helps strengthen the heart and blood vessels, and relieves hangovers.
Coffee is good for various ailments.
Roasted chicory will benefit people who suffer from:
- diseases of the urogenital system;
- cardiovascular diseases.
Increases immunity, improves intestinal function, normalizes the nervous system, helps to cope with colds.
But like any product, if used incorrectly, it can cause damage.
Contraindications of chicory
Two cups or 200 ml of chicory coffee are enough for daily consumption. Drinking too much can be harmful to the body.
There are also diseases in which drinking chicory can lead to complications. It is not recommended for people who have:
- low blood pressure
- varicose veins;
- decompensated kidney disease.
Sometimes chicory can cause side effects: dizziness, nausea, and abdominal pain.
How to choose a “coffee
Although there is a wide range of chicories, not all are of high quality. A poor quality product is not good and in some cases it can even be harmful. Therefore, before buying it, you have to study the content and packaging well.
The foothills should be packaged in a container that has a metallic protective layer. Thus exposure to moisture is avoided, which would spoil the product. The container should not contain lumps when touching it. Coffee can be fine or granulated.
It can also be found in the achicoria market with various additives:
They enhance the therapeutic effect of drinking.
More recently, the lyophilized achicoria has been marketed. It retains more vitamins because it occurs at a lower temperature.
A liquid rhizome extract is marketed to aromatize tea or coffee.
- “Dr. dias” is a brand that manufactures products for healthy eating.
The products of these companies contain a sufficient amount of inulin, without impurities.
Among foreign producers, the French brand “Chicoroff” offers high quality products.
How to prepare coffee with bought achicoria and how much to drink
Chicory is considered an alternative to coffee for its distant flavor to coffee and its chocolate aroma. However, it does not contain caffeine and has nothing in common with the coffee plant.
The dust is prepared as instant coffee: two teaspoons of the product are poured in 200 ml of boiling water.
To aromatize it you can add cream or milk. Sugar is not necessary because coffee already has a sweet taste. To lose weight you have to take it pure, without adding cream or milk.
A cup of achicoria in the morning will help you
- Start the metabolic process;
- Improve intestinal function;
- lift the mood;
- Improve the functioning of the heart.
The drink can be taken at night, since it has a soothing effect. To sleep well, achicoria prepares with milk, to which a teaspoon of honey is added.
Chicory is a healthy and tasty drink, which almost does not have contraindications and can improve health and wel l-being. However, if it is not taken correctly, it can be harmful to the body.