Chicory

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How does Chicory work?

Chicory root has a mild laxative effect, increases bile from the gallbladder, and decreases swelling. Chicory is a rich source of beta-carotene.

Are there safety concerns?

Chicory is safe for most adults. Handling the chicory plant might cause skin irritation. Chicory might also cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family.

Do not take chicory if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have gallstones.
  • You are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Some of these plants include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and more.

Dosing considerations for Chicory.

The appropriate dose of chicory for use as treatment depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for chicory. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


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