Cichorium intybus root extract

Cichorium intybus (chicory) is an herbaceous flowering plant used for food and medicinal purposes throughout Europe, North America and the Middle East. The leaves are used as a salad vegetable and the roots, when roasted and ground, can be added to coffee for a darker color and a more bitter taste 1. The roots are rich in short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides, prebiotic fibers that can simulate the growth of healthful bacteria in the gut, including Bifidobacteria spp. 2,3,4.

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  3. de Wiele TV, Boon N, Possemiers S, Jacobs H, Verstraete W. Prebiotic effects of chicory inulin in the simulator of the human intestinal microbial ecosystem. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 2004;51:143-53.
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