Known for its amazing healing ability, this herb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Burdock or bardana, beggar’s button, thorny burr as it is commonly called in the old days is an organic superfood often used as vegetable, especially in the Middle Ages due to its high content of dietary fiber that improves digestion.
Burdock or arctium lappa is a biennial and herbaceous plant belongs to the daisy family, which originated in the northern parts of Europe and Siberia. It grows thick hairy stem that can reach a height of 5 feet. The leaves it produces are dark green in color with wavy edges that is broad and heart shaped. It grows in a rosette form near the ground in its first year of growth. They also exhibit purple-reddish flowers. The tuber, which is the most widely used part of this organic superfood, has a brown woody skin with a white, fibrous flesh inside. It needs to be cooked well before it can be consumed. It has a crispy texture and has a sweet taste that is similar to parsnip and artichoke.
This organic superfood is a storehouse of important nutritional need of the body. The root alone is high in vitamin C, E and vitamin B complex as well as essential mineral like magnesium, iron, potassium and manganese. It is also a very good source of dietary fiber.
Every part of this amazing herb holds numerous health and medicinal properties. It has a certain type of dietary fiber called inulin that improves your digestive function and regular consumption of this remarkable organic superfood can help you lower your cholesterol to an ideal level and also let you manage your blood sugar level.
It purifies the blood, and can be used to treat burns, sore throat, eczema, respiratory problems, joint pain as well as gallbladder and liver complications. And in addition, this herb can effectively address other serious ailments through detoxification and by encouraging cell regeneration. Burdock is also currently being used in treating some cancer due to its protective properties.
Just like in most organic superfood that holds rich amount of nutrients, Burdock may trigger side effects or cause interaction with certain medications. Therefore, care and moderation in eating have to be observed. If you’re taking blood thinning or sugar lowering medication, it is best to avoid burdock or at least talk with your health provider first. Never gather burdock in the wild or in areas that they may be exposed to toxic chemicals.
Burdock trivia. Before the discovery of hop, burdock root was popularly used in the manufacture of beer in Europe.
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The article written here is for educational purpose only and is not meant to provide any medical advice. If you have an illness or medical condition, it would be best to consult first with your health care provider or family physician before undertaking any course of treatment.
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