Burdock root is rich in antioxidants and can be used as a natural remedy for various conditions. It is also available as a tea, root, powder or extract and can be incorporated into many recipes.
Burdock root is a vegetable native to Northern Asia and Europe , but today it grows in the United States. The deep roots of burdock are very long and vary in color from beige to brown and almost black on the outside.
Burdock root has been used for centuries in holistic medicine to treat a wide number of conditions. Traditionally, it is mainly used as a diuretic, as a digestive aid and as a detoxifier for the skin.
Today, researchers have discovered many potential uses and health benefits of burdock root.
These benefits may be significant enough to warrant the use of burdock root as a complementary treatment for certain conditions.
The benefits of burdock root
1. A concentrate of antioxidants
Burdock root has been shown to contain several types of powerful antioxidants , including quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids.
Antioxidants protect the body's cells from damage caused by free radicals. They can help treat and prevent a number of health problems .
Antioxidants can also help reduce inflammation . A study showed that burdock root reduced inflammatory markers in the blood of patients with osteoarthritis
2. It eliminates toxins from the blood
One of the most common uses for burdock root is blood purification.
Recent data has shown that burdock root contains active ingredients in its root system that can remove toxins from the bloodstream.
Research has also shown that burdock root effectively detoxifies the blood and promotes better circulation to the skin's surface.
3. It may be an aphrodisiac
Burdock root can also be used as an aphrodisiac . A non-human study showed that burdock root extract had an aphrodisiac effect. The extract improved sexual function and increased sexual behavior in male rats.
Research is needed on humans, but anecdotal evidence supports this claim.
4. It helps treat skin problems
Burdock root has also long been used to treat skin conditions such as acne and eczema. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of the root can help with skin problems when applied topically to the skin.
There is also some evidence that burdock root can help treat topical burns.
Forms and dosages
There are a number of different forms of burdock root. These include
- fresh burdock root
- burdock tea
- dried root powder
- burdock oil or burdock extract