Chicory is a plant. Its seeds, roots, and dried, above-ground parts are used to make medicine.
Chicory is used for liver, heart health, constipation, swelling and other conditions. But there is no good evidence to support its use.
In foods, chicory leaves are often eaten like celery, and the roots and leaf buds are boiled and eaten. Chicory is also used as a cooking spice and to flavour foods and beverages. Some coffee mixes include ground chicory to enhance the richness of the coffee.
Health Benefits of Chicory Roots & Powder:
Chicory root is primarily composed of inulin, a prebiotic that encourages the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
Due to its inulin content, chicory root fiber may help relieve constipation and increase stool frequency.
Inulin and other compounds in chicory root may help improve blood sugar control, especially in people with diabetes
Chicory root fiber may aid weight loss by reducing appetite and curbing calorie intake, though more studies are necessary.
Whole chicory root can be boiled and eaten as a vegetable, whereas ground chicory is often brewed with water to make a coffee-like drink. As a rich source of inulin, it can likewise be found in packaged foods and supplements.