Shakeology Superfood Ingredients: Spotlight on Chicory Root

January 19, 2016

 

Chicory root is one of the amazingly beneficial superfoods in Shakeology.  The chicory plant is one of the earliest cited edible roots in recorded literature. Horace, the ancient Roman poet, mentioned it as part of his own diet dating as far back as 85 B.C. So as you can see, we've had a lot of time to study and test the health benefits of this root! Though the root has been cultivated since ancient Egypt, chicory has been roasted, ground and mixed with coffee in France since the 19th century. The root was also traditionally used on its own in tea or in medicinal remedies to treat jaundice, liver enlargement, gout and rheumatism. 

 
Wild chicory (or Succory) is not uncommon in many parts of England and Ireland.  The general aspect of the plant is somewhat stiff and angular and looks much like the endive commonly found in your local produce aisle.

 

Health Benefits


Chicory root has a long history of providing support to liver problems. Ancient Romans used the herb to help cleanse the blood. Egyptians were also known to consume chicory root in large amounts to help purify the liver and the blood. It’s popular today as a caffeine free replacement for coffee- you may have tried it if you’ve visited New Orleans (Cafe Du Monde's coffee with chicory, anyone? I personally do not care for that coffee...).

 

In terms of nutritional value, chicory is a great source of vitamins and minerals, including zinc, magnesium, manganese, calcium, folic acid, and potassium, as well as vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K.

 

Summary of possible benefits of cherry:
  • Reduces digestive issues

  • Decreases chance of heart disease

  • Reduces arthritis pain

  • Helps with weight loss

  • Decreases constipation

  • Builds up immune system

  • Reduces anxiety and stress

  • Benefits strong kidney health

 

So, there you have it! An AMAZING superfood that is IN Shakeology. And guess what? Shakeology tastes a WHOLE lot better than chicory root by itself and you get at least 69 other superfoods along with it! Hmmmm....

 

If you want more information about Shakeology or want to chat with me about YOUR nutrition and how you can improve it, scroll down and leave me a note below or find me on FB! 

 

*NOTE: As always, whenever you add something new to your diet, be sure to check with your doctor first. If you have gallstones, too much chicory can exacerbate the problem, so be sure to speak to your doctor if you have had gallbladder issues in the past.

 

Resources:

 

Organic Facts

Global Healing Center

Wikipedia

Smithsonian magazine

 

Cheers to Happy and Healthy Living!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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