Chicory root contains 60% inulin polysaccharide (which dissolves well in hot water), about 6% protein, pectin, the bitter glycoside intibin, tannin, choline, vitamins B, C and E and mineral salts (rich in trace elements important for the human body). Dry chicory or chicory powder (or granules) can be found in health food stores. The root of the plant is washed and air-dried to prepare coffee at home. It is then baked in the oven until it turns brown. It is then ground in a blender or coffee grinder. It is brewed in the same process as ordinary coffee.
The chicory drink is reminiscent of coffee in its color and taste. Unlike coffee, chicory drink does not excite the nervous and cardiovascular system because it does not contain caffeine. Chicory drink is recommended for people who do not like regular coffee (or strong teas) due to heart rhythm disorders, hypertension, insomnia, nervous irritability. In ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, chicory was used as a vegetable to improve digestion.
1. Chicory is a salvation for the stomach – because it has been scientifically proven that chicory root, which contains inulin, normalizes the work of the gastrointestinal system and strengthens the metabolism. Inulin affects the reproduction of beneficial bifidobacteria.
2. Inulin is a polymer of fructose, ie a sweet substance that raises blood sugar levels. That is why the chicory drink is recommended for diabetics. Inulin is a natural anticoagulant: it thins the blood, prevents the formation of blood clots in blood vessels, lowers blood cholesterol levels.
3. The Persian philosopher Avicenna discovered that “chicory reveals blockages in the human body in internal organs and blood vessels.” It contains bitterness and strengthens the work of the stomach and liver, speeds up digestion, cleanses the liver and kidneys, stimulates bile secretion.
4. Chicory has a calming, anti-inflammatory, antitoxic, invigorating and strengthens immunity.
5. People who decide to replace coffee with chicory are best to do so gradually. To start, combine a part of chicory with 3 parts of ordinary coffee. A ratio of 1: 1 follows and then a ratio of 3: 1 in favor of chicory. When the body gets used to chicory, then drink chicory in its pure form (without adding coffee). If the body accepts chicory well, the maximum daily dose is two to three tablespoons. When you add 2 small spoons of chicory to a cup of water, drink a maximum of 3 cups of this drink a day.