Chicory root has a mild laxative effect and decreases swelling. Chicory is also a rich source of beta-carotene.
People use chicory for liver and heart health, constipation, indigestion, high blood pressure, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse chicory with inulin. Inulin is a compound found in chicory, but they are not the same thing.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for CHICORY overview.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chicory is safe. Handling the chicory plant might cause skin irritation.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chicory is safe. Handling the chicory plant might cause skin irritation. Pregnancy: Taking chicory by mouth in large amounts is possibly unsafe during pregnancy. Chicory might start menstruation and cause a miscarriage.
Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chicory is safe to use as medicine when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick with food amounts.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Chicory may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking chicory.
Gallstones: Chicory can stimulate the production of bile. This could be a problem for people with gallstones. Don't use chicory if you have gallstones.
Surgery: Chicory might lower blood sugar and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking chicory as a medicine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with CHICORY
Chicory might lower blood sugar levels. Taking chicory along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Be cautious with this combination
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