Burdock root tea 50g
Burdock root is often dried and steeped into tea. It works well as a source of inulin, a prebiotic fibre that aids digestion and improves gut health. Additionally, this root contains flavonoids (plant nutrients), phytochemicals, and antioxidants that are known to have health benefits.
Burdock Root Tea Health Benefits
The burdock plant has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is a staple in Western herbal medicine practices as well. Its roots, flowers, and other plant parts are believed to have a variety of benefits.
Burdock root contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are shown to improve health. Traditional medicinal uses include:
Prevention and treatment of cancer: Burdock root contains the antioxidants quercetin and luteolin, which have properties that may prevent cancer cells from growing and mutating. A 2011 study found free radicals in burdock root may stop certain cancers from spreading in a laboratory,2 however, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center warns there is insufficient evidence to support burdock's use in treating or preventing cancer.3
Soothing a cough and cold: Burdock root tea has traditionally been used as a decongestant and expectorant for colds and cough. While the science is limited on this, burdock does contain vitamin C, which is shown to boost the immune system; some research has also shown that it has antibacterial properties.4
Improving liver health: Burdock root has been used to detoxify the liver and body for centuries. A 2002 study of rats found the herb can help reverse liver damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption,5 though a direct correlation to results in humans cannot necessarily be made.
- Easing aches and pains: The burdock plant is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. A 2014 study found drinking the tea lowers certain inflammatory markers in patients with knee osteoarthritis.6
- Reducing blood pressure: Burdock root tea contains potassium, which may help to lower blood pressure and open blood vessels to improve blood flow.