Chicory juice Chicory is a perennial herbaceous plant, belonging to the Asteraceae family, with straight stems and light blue flowers, whose petals end in five fine points.
It grows isolated and in groups, and is very common on the edges of roads, walls, banks and dry land. Typical of the temperate zones of Europe and America.
The leaves are collected before the plant blooms, from June to September, and the roots in October.
The best way to preserve the root is to dry it out, cut into 1-2 cm pieces. Once dry it is stored in opaque containers, well closed and protected from light. In the case of leaves, as they are usually eaten fresh, it is preferable to store them in the least cold part of the refrigerator, in a perforated plastic bag so that they can continue to “breathe”.
Nutritional properties of Chicory Juice
A head of chicory contains the following essential nutrients: 10 mg of calcium, 11 mg of phosphorus, 0.3 mg of iron, 4 mg of sodium, 97 mg of potassium, and high amounts of vitamin C and magnesium, with small amounts of some B complex vitamins
Likewise, it contains inulin, intibin, lactulopicrin and tannins.
Healing properties of Chicory Juice
Both fresh and dry, taken before meals, whets the appetite of children and adults, and tones the digestive system, due to several of its components.
Thanks to intibin, responsible for the bitter taste, chicory leaves also have a cholagogue effect, that is, it facilitates the emptying of the gallbladder and, consequently, improves the digestion of food. In this way, it detoxifies the liver by promoting its functions. Therefore, the consumption of chicory is convenient for people who suffer from gallbladder disorders such as fatty liver and liver cirrhosis, heavy digestions, etc.
It also fights chronic constipation thanks to its mild laxative action and helps prevent fluid retention due to its mild diuretic effect. The dried root of chicory is used as a substitute for coffee, with the advantage that it is a digestive infusion and does not contain any exciting substances
In cases of fractures, chicory can contribute to their healing. The magnesium it contains acts like a glue that holds calcium and phosphorus together in the bones. When there is not enough magnesium, there is inevitably a loss of valuable calcium in our bone structure. Bone fractures can heal well when a variety of minerals and enzymes are present. But magnesium is the key to that recovery. It is the element that keeps other nutrients “glued” in place during the recovery process.
Likewise, if you suffer from tendonitis, chicory can help. Tendonitis is a condition in which the tendons become inflamed or torn. Tendons are the fibers that connect a muscle to a bone.
They are usually covered with a membrane known as the synovium, which helps lubricate the joints and facilitate their movements. Most commonly, tendinitis occurs in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, thumb, hip, knee, and heel.
The affected area becomes inflamed and tender, and normal movements may be limited. Athletes and people over 40 are especially susceptible to tendonitis.
In addition to resting and not moving the affected area too much, the consumption of chicory is recommended for the calcium, magnesium and potassium it contains, as it reduces the inflammation and sensitivity associated with this temporary affliction.
Chicory juice recipes
Chicory juice for the liver # 1
5 chicory leaves
Thoroughly wash the chicory and place in a blender with a little water.
Wash and chop the carrots and put together with the other ingredients. Blend for a few moments. Strain and drink instantly. Drink a glass of this juice 3 times a week.
Chicory juice for the liver # 2
5 chicory leaves
Wash the chicory thoroughly and place it in a blender along with a little water.
Wash and chop the beets or beets and put together with the other ingredients. Blend for a few moments. Strain and drink a glass of this juice 3 times a week.
Chicory juice to accelerate the healing of fractures
5 chicory leaves
1 orange (its juice)
1 lemon (its juice)
Wash the chicory leaves and place in a blender
Separately extract the juice of the grapefruit and the lemon and put together with the achioria in the blender. Blend for a few moments. Drink a glass of this juice daily.
Chicory juice for diabetes
1/3 cup grapefruit juice
1 handful of chicory root
Wash and chop the chicory root and pour into the blender along with the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Blend for a few moments. Strain and drink at least three times a week.
Natural remedies with chicory
Digestive remedy with chicory Boil for five minutes, the volume of a cup of water with two dessert teaspoons of the root. Let stand 10 minutes and strain. Drink up to three cups a day, before meals, which will whet your appetite, in addition to helping to have a good digestion
Chicory remedy for diabetes Boil 30 grams of fresh chicory leaves in 1 liter of water. Drink a glass before each meal.
Look for chicory that is crisp and green with no yellow hues at the end of the cut root. Since chicory leaves are tightly packed around a central core, it is useful to separate the leaves one by one and wash them
After purchase, it is necessary to store chicory in the fridge in the vegetable drawer. In a normal refrigerator compartment, it will keep fresh for up to 18 days.