Common chicory (Cichorium intybus) is also known as blue daisy and blue dandelion. Chicory root has been used for centuries for culinary and medicinal purposes also as a coffee alternative. It is naturally caffeine-free, so it makes an excellent coffee substitute if you’re looking to reduce your caffeine intake.
Raw chicory root starts a little bitter, but roasting it brings out a coffee-like nuttiness with slightly bittersweet notes. But still has slightly earthy notes, therefore it is not pleasant to drink for everyone. Today chicory commonly blended with some other ingredients such as cacao, coffee, and some spices. This makes it easier to consume.
The consumption of chicory increases feeling of fullness and reduces overeating.
Chicory contains Manganese and Vitamin B6, both of which are needed for the formation of neurotransmitters in the brain and thus, it helps improve brain health.
Manganese is a trace mineral that is essential to our bodies in small amounts. Because we cannot make it, we must obtain it in food or supplements. Manganese helps the body form connective tissue, bones and blood clotting factors.
Vitamin B6 helps maintain a normal amount of this amino acid in your blood. It means a stronger immune system.
Chicory root is also a great source of inulin, a type of prebiotic fiber that has been shown to help manage blood sugar levels and support weight loss and improve gut health.
People with allergies to ragweed, birch pollen, marigolds, daisies, and related plants may experience an allergic reaction to chicory. If you have allergies, see a health care provider before drinking chicory coffee. Furthermore, research is limited on the safety and potential side effects of chicory root for those who are pregnant.