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Chicory in Your Salad or Coffee Is Great for Digestion

The common chicory (Cichorium intybus) is an herb belonging to the Asteraceae family and is native to Europe. It is versatile and often grown as fodder for livestock. Traditionally, most parts of the plant are used in cooking and medicine. Chicory has a woody stem, long taproot and bright blue flowers. More rarely you may find it with white or pink flowers.  Currently the plant is cultivated throughout the Netherlands, France and Germany and is so common it may be found growing along the roadside in temperate regions to a height of 3 to 5 feet. Chicory is a healthy addition to your meals as it contains a variety of vitamins including A, B6, C, E and K. The plant also contains calcium, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc. It is rich in inulin, which is why it’s believed to carry numerous digestive health benefits.  Read more.....

 

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