Burdock Root 80g
Burdock Root (also known as Gobo Root) is the root from the burdock plant with many long-standing traditional uses. An earthy, sweet tasting tea with a mild flavour, can also be used in cooking, including soups, stews and stir fries.
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An important part of the immune system and the body's inner drainage system, the lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. Strengthening this important bodily system with Burdock Root can help to ward off all a whole host of serious health issues. Burdock Root is one of those rare herbs that stimulate lymphatic drainage and detoxification.
Diuretics can help to stimulate the kidneys, allowing urine to be passed more frequently and in greater quantity - this helps to cleanse the kidneys and can prevent water retention. By increasing the rate of urination, Burdock Root can help to remove waste from the blood and body. It is important to note that if you are dehydrated you should postpone consuming Burdock Root until you are fully hydrated.
Burdock Root is also “diaphoretic”, meaning it increases sweating – another important route via which the body eliminates toxins.
Burdock Root contains inulin, a soluble and prebiotic fibre that helps improve digestion. Acting as food for healthy gut bacteria, inulin helps regulate inflammation and remove toxins from the body. Burdock Root also contains mucilage which acts as a protection for the gastric mucosa (the mucous membrane layer of the stomach), helping it to heal – this is especially useful if it has been damaged by acidity or inflammation.
Research has shown that Burdock Root contains multiple types of powerful antioxidants, including quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids. Antioxidants can shield the body against cell-damaging free radicals. The high antioxidant count in this root has been shown to help lower inflammation, including joint issues such as arthritis in numerous studies.
The antioxidants in Burdock Root especially help to protect the liver against poisonous substances. The compounds that give Burdock its bitter taste can help stimulate bile production, helping the liver flush away toxins with more speed and ease.
With a well documented historical use as a remedy to many skin problems, it has been discovered that Burdock contains plant chemicals known as “polyacetylenes” which have anti-fungal and antibiotic qualities. This is especially useful in cases of acne, helping to fight off acne causing bacteria such as streptococcus.
Burdock Root acts on the blood and circulatory system and contains active compounds such as arctiin and lignans which have matrix-stimulating properties, thus promoting supple and younger looking skin. It can also be beneficial for eczema due to its blood purifying activity. As a natural detoxifier, Burdock Root can also help to clear the body of harmful toxins that can damage the skin.
Burdock is considered to be safe, however it should only be obtained from reputable sources and should never be collected in the wild. Burdock resembles plants in the same family as belladonna nightshade, which are highly toxic. They often grow together.
Burdock Root is a natural diuretic and therefore shouldn't be taken if you are dehydrated. Do not take if taking other diuretics or water pills, as it can increase dehydration.
Persons with allergies to chrysanthemums or daisies may be at an increased risk of having an allergic reaction to Burdock Root and should avoid it.
Pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant shouldn’t take Burdock Root or supplements.
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