Chicory – a marvellous plant for the health of the whole body
The root of a healthy diet
A plant used by our grandmothers to make a beverage reminiscent of coffee, chicory has been a powerful ally of the healthy body for centuries. This little plant has wonderful medicinal benefits, from alleviating digestive problems to preventing heart diseases, as a natural sedative and kidney protection to helping in weight loss.
Chicory is an ancient root plant from the dandelion family, growing in the wild in many parts of the world. It has nutritional value – as an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It is quite rich in zinc, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron, folic acid and potassium, as well as vitamins A, B6, C, E and K.
One of the most common reasons for adding chicory to our diet is improving the functioning of the digestive system. Chicory contains inulin, a powerful probiotic. These rich fibres are also found in onions, bananas and artichokes, and they perfectly store carbohydrates. While the chicory root is no longer a regular part of today’s diet, inulin is still used in many food products. The chicory root primarily has a beneficial effect on the digestive system and is traditionally used for treating gastritis, colitis as well as for stimulating appetite because it contains bitter substances. The chicory root contributes to the healthy environment of our body because it improves digestion, strengthens and cleans the stomach, cleanses the liver, spleen and kidneys, stimulates secretion of the bile and urine and cures anaemia and hepatitis.
APART FROM CHICORY TWO INGREDIENTS ALSO HAVE A BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON DIGESTION
Figs are mentioned in the Bible and other ancient manuscripts. They are believed to come from Egypt, from where they reached Crete and then ancient Greece, approximately in the 9th century BC. Romans considered them to be holy fruit. It is small wonder – taking into account how healthy they are.
Although it contains few calories (about 40), the fig is rich in vitamins: A, B1, B5 and B12, C, E and P; potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, iron, plant oils, fats and fibres, copper, oligo elements, etc. Whether we consume it raw or dried – it is equally healing. Moreover, not only is it an integral part of our diet, but it is also an excellent ointment for many skin infections and diseases.
Bandages made of fig juice are perfect for removing acne, warts, corns or calluses, and for alleviating insect stings or bites… The fig has proved to be efficient in fighting obesity, cellulite and (skin) aging. It is literally excellent for the entire digestive system: gastritis, stomach cramps or flatulence, diarrhoea, worms and intestinal parasites. It acts most efficiently on stomach ulcers in combination with olive oil, which generally increases its medicinal characteristics. For muscle pain, bronchitis, pneumonia and sore throat, osteoporosis or impotence, latex, the white juice from the fig tree, is used as a medicine for sterility as well as breastfeeding problems (by “stimulating” lactation).
The plum comes from the shores of the Caspian Sea and today it is cultivated almost all over the world. In its dried state, as prunes, it is an important energy source because the treatment increases its caloric value by as many as 3.5 times in comparison to the raw fruit.
The plum has a low nutritional value. There are 69 calories in 100 grams of the edible part of the raw plum, while prunes contain about 260 calories. It abounds in vitamins B, C, E and K, magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, beta carotene, plant fibres, as well as folic, malic and benzoic acids. It contains the soluble dietary fibres pectin and sorbitol – a sugar alcohol used as a sugar substitute in the production of sweet diet products.
Prunes contain concentrated sorbitol and fibres which give them a better laxative effect in comparison to raw fruit. Prunes are a century-old medicine for constipation. If your baby has these problems – give him/her some prune juice and it will act effectively. However, prunes are not good only for digestion or intestinal and stomach problems. They also act as an antiseptic and since they contain large amounts of antioxidants, more than any other dried fruit – they are considered to be a natural youth elixir. Just like figs, they slow down the aging process. Phytonutrients as prune ingredients reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a medical condition affecting mostly elderly people. Prunes are rich in vitamins C and K and phytochemicals of great importance to healthy bones. Prunes have proved to be able to change the mineral density in the bones of women during the post-menopausal period.
Now Wellness offers you new and unique biscuits with natural chicory inulin which supports better digestion. New Wellness Digestive is rich in plant fibres from chicory, prunes, dried figs and cereals which, apart from their excellent taste, also have a beneficial effect on your stomach.
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