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Health Benefits of Chicory (Kasni), Uses And Its Side Effects

What is Chicory (Kasni)? Nutritional Value of Chicory (Kasni) Health Benefits of Chicory (Kasni) Root Uses of Chicory (Kasni) Side-Effects & Allergies of Chicory (Kasni) Cultivation of Chicory (Kasni)
Health Benefits of Chicory (Kasni), Uses And Its Side Effects

A rich source of iron, Chicory (Kasni) is useful in treating anemia. It helps in better circulation of blood, thus aid in treating angina and heart-related disorders. This herb is a rich source of dietary fiber and promotes the feeling of fullness in the stomach. Therefore, Chicory root assists in weight loss by controlling your hunger pangs. A diuretic, Kasni helps in eliminating toxins from the body and keep your kidneys in great health. Chicory Root Extract Benefits for Skin. Various skin care products include chicory in different ways such as face cleanser, skin toner, etc. Even chicory coffee are also availble in local markets.

What is Chicory (Kasni)?

Chicory is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the family Asteraceae. Its scientific name is Cichorium incubus and it is also known as kasni in India. Chicory plants grow up to a height of 1m. Chicory has spherical leaves that are bitter in taste and hard branches bearing blue flowers. Chicory flowers have 15-20 petals that open during the early morning and close later in the day. The plant grows angular light coloured fruits and has a long fleshy root resembling a cow’s tail. Chicory leaves are added to salads.

Nutritional Value of Chicory (Kasni)

Chicory is a good source of various nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron, folic acid and potassium. Vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K are also present in chicory. All health benefits of Chicory plant is due to this rich nutrient content of it. The seeds of chicory plant are a store house of both saturated and unsaturated fatty acids.

Nutritional facts Per 100 grams

23 Calories
0.3 g Total Fat
45 mg Sodium
420 mg Potassium
4.7 g Total Carbohydrate
1.7 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals in Chicory

114 % Vitamin A
0.1 Calcium
40 % Vitamin C
4 % Iron
5 % Vitamin B-6
7 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Chicory (Kasni) Root

Health Benefits of Chicory (Kasni) Root
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Chicory (Kasni) root. Chicory root are now used as coffee flavour. You can use chicory or kasni for weight loss managment, if you are suffering from constipation, you can use chicory root. Also chicory root used for skin care and hair treatment.

Chicory root good for digestion

Chicory root is a good source of friendly bacteria called inulin. These bacteria also called probiotics improves the functioning of the digestive system. Chicory root help in fighting various digestive concerns such as acid reflux disease, indigestion and heart burn as it works well to reduce acidity.

Chicory root reduces heart problems

Inulin present in chicory root helps reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the body. Cholesterol gets deposited on the walls of blood vessels causing blockages and restricting the blood flow. This condition leads to atherosclerosis and high blood pressure and can also cause life threatening problems like stroke and heart attack. Chicory also has anti-thrombotic and anti-arrhythmic properties in it.

Chicory root prevents Cancer

Chicory root has been seen to reduce tumour growth in various studies done on cancer. Preliminary studies done on this topic has shown that the anti-tumor and antioxidant properties of chicory contribute to this benefit.

Chicory root has anti-inflamatory

Chicory in a 2010 study has been seen to reduce inflammation and pain among a majority of the subjects. It is extremely effective on reducing pain caused due to osteoarthritis. Chicory root used to reduce aches, muscle pains and soreness of the joints.

Chicory root fiber helps in weight loss

Olgifructose and inulin are found in chicory root. These two components are very good in weight management as they regulate ghrelin, an amino acid responsible for hunger pangs. This controls and avoids over eating and promotes a sense of satisfaction and fullness.

Chicory Reduces Anxiety

Chicory relieves stress by letting a person relax due to its sedative property. Chicory root of this plant can be consumed to induce sleep. Being a natural sedative it is safer than the chemical ones that are produced commercially. Reducing stress and anxiety helps lower the chance of having a list of health problems like heart diseases, hormonal imbalance, insomnia, premature aging and cognitive disorders.

Chicory good for healthy kidneys

Amount of urination can be increased by consuming extracts of the chicory root. This extract has diuretic properties that increase the frequency and amount of urine passed. Chicory Root helps the body to get rid of excess accumulated toxins that are stored in the liver and the kidney.

Uses of Chicory (Kasni)

Chicory is used as a substitute of coffee. Though it does not contain caffeine, it gives similar effects as the original beverage. Its young leaves form a good ingredient for fresh salads while its matured leaves are used for cooking just like a vegetable. The medicinal uses of chicory are many as it treats various health conditions. Chicory is used to extract inulin which is helps in various bodily procedures such as digestion. Inulin is responsible for regulating microbial fermentation, putting a check on the amount of fat and cholesterol being absorbed and it increases the beneficial HDLs while reducing the harmful LDLs.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Chicory (Kasni)

Chicory though has a truck load of benefits, like everything else it has drawbacks too. If you are allergic to marigolds, ragweed and daisies you might also be allergic to chicory as they are closely related. People suffering from gallstones should not consume this plant in excess as it would aggravate the situation. Pregnant women should avoid consuming chicory as it could up the risk of having a miscarriage by stimulating menstruation.

Cultivation of Chicory (Kasni)

Chicory is a native of Eurasia that was taken later to America by the Europeans. Today it is found growing naturally there. In India chicory grows mostly in the northwest and southern parts. It is cultivated for its leaves, roots and seeds. Chicory grows well in well-drained soil where too much water cannot accumulate like sandy and chalky soil.

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My wife is 48 years old she underwent total thyroidectomy in 2019 after that she is taking thyronorm 100 mcg daily. Can chicory root powder having insulin with raw coconut or coconut oil replace thyronorm tablet because wp thyroid by rlc lab has natural substitute of thyronorm. Please advise. Thanks.

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