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Chicory chicorium intybus is a weed which produces blue flowers It is also known as endive succory watcher of the road and barbe de capucin beard of the monk It commonly grows at the side of the road and paths blooming in June to October It grows in North and South America eastern Asia South Africa New Zealand and Australia It can be both domestic and wild growing in gardens as well as the side of the road Chicory has leafy stems The leaves alternate from lance-shaped with teeth to more of a lobed leaf Chicory usually grows anywhere from one to three feet however it can be as tall as five feet It grows best in areas with clods of dirt Chicory has many uses that are both culinary and medicinal The root of chicory can be prepared to make a caffeine-free substitute for coffee Using this coffee can help control a rapid heartbeat due to caffeine Some substances in chicory can offset the effects of caffeine by helping the central nervous system The root is also sauted and eaten as a vegetable The leaves of the plant are used in salads The flowers on the plant may be either pickled or candied Chicory has been used by doctors since the first century AD The Egyptians used chicory to help the heart The Romans used chicory because of their belief that it kept the blood pure Although none of these beliefs are true benefits of the use of chicory chicory can be used to benefit the health of people Chicory has long been used to help an upset stomach due to bitter substances These substances also arouse the appetite Chicory is also used as a laxative Many diabetics use chicory because it contains insulin Along with insulin chicory also contains ascorbic acid and Vitamin A Chicory increases the flow of bile and it helps to remove mucus and gallstones Because it
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