The Benefits of Chicory Root and Prebiotics


The benefits of Chicory root 

— By Jayde, RD @reclaimedhealthbyjayde

By now I am sure you have heard of probiotics. They are live bacteria that live within our gut. But did you know that this bacteria need to be fed and fueled by prebiotics?


What Are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are non-digestible fiber compounds that are degraded by the gut microbiota. They are essentially the food for the beneficial bacteria. They allow the probiotics to do their job properly such as: 

  • Supporting our immune system (70-80% resides in the gut)
  • Supporting a healthy digestive system (assisting the body to eliminate properly) 
  • Managing blood sugar and regulating appetite


Are Prebiotics Better Than Probiotics?

The truth is, we need both! Probiotics play a huge role in gut health as they add live bacteria to the gut. Think of probiotics as little seedlings that need fertilizer to grow. They require fertilization just as the trillions of beneficial bacteria that live inside of our gut! Fertilizer for the good gut bacteria would be the prebiotics!


Where Are Prebiotics Found?

Prebiotics are found in over 35,000 different plants. Sources include onion, asparagus, garlic, dates, almonds, nectarines, artichoke, bananas, apples and chicory root. The diversity of prebiotic foods is important for gut health! WELO probiotic bars contain both probiotics and prebiotics to support a healthy gut!


What Is Chicory Root?

Chicory root comes from the dandelion family. It is commonly used as a coffee alternative since the 19th century in France where it is commonly roasted and ground. Its slightly nutty, with woody taste, and often works well in a wide range of both foods and drinks, including in coffee, tea, baked goods, and protein bars. 


Chicory is not digested in the small intestine but instead holds its form as it travels to the large intestine. Chicory root contains soluble fiber that absorbs water to create a gel-like substance during digestion. This helps to keep bowels moving. It also helps to absorb fatty acids, which is good for your heart. 



What Are The Benefits of Chicory Root?

One of the biggest benefits of chicory root is that it gives the body a boost of dietary fiber. Fiber is an essential nutrient for the body.


Anti-inflammatory properties since chicory is a source of plant polyphenols which are compounds that can reduce inflammation.  A study showed consuming chicory root led to significant improvements in red blood cell deformability. This means chicory can reduce inflammation which is associated with many diseases.

Prevents constipation If you need extra support with staying regular, chicory root can help! It has been shown to relieve constipation due to it containing inulin. It will also feed the beneficial bacteria in the gut that will help you to digest your food better and increase gut motility.

Supportive of the Immune System Due to 70-80% of the immune system residing in the gut, the food that we consume has a crucial impact on our immune system. Studies have even shown that supporting gut health can help with allergic conditions like eczema.


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We are so excited to welcome Jayde (aka @reclaimedhealthjayde on Instagram) to our blog! She is a Gut Health Nutritionist and is passionate about helping others heal their gut. Visit her Instagram for lots of healthy gluten-free recipes! 

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