Don’t be quick to dismiss this garden weed – it packs a healthy punch.
It may be considered a weed in the Western world, but the Burdock plant, a member of the daisy family, has been recognised for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a powerful liver cleansing agent and blood tonic
Although the whole plant can be eaten, it is the roots that are packed with the highest concentration of active ingredients. Like other root vegetables, Burdock root can be prepared, cooked and eaten (it is a popular staple in macrobiotic cuisine), sipped as a tea or tincture, and taken as a supplement. Whatever your preference, your liver will love you for it….
DETOXING THE LIVER
Few herbs are more widely used than Burdock root for detoxifying the liver. Boasting high levels of antioxidants, it is thought to be useful in helping to protect against poisonous substances with its compounds that give it a bitter taste assisting bile production which help the liver flush away toxins with speed and ease.
WelleCo Detoxifying Liver Tonic Super Boosters are formulated with Burdock extract, along with other liver-loving herbs like Schisandra, Dandelion, Curcumin and Milk Thistle, that help support the liver’s natural cleansing and detoxifying processes. Simply add to filtered water or your daily SUPER ELIXIR Greens, shake or blitz and sip.
PURIFYING THE BLOOD
Due to its active ingredients – namely the antioxidants of phenolic acids, luteolin and quercetin – research has shown that Burdock root can help detoxify heavy metals from the blood and promote circulation, which support organ health, and assist the body in fighting off infections and bacteria.
Burdock root helps stimulate the secretion of digestive juices and bile and contains inulin, a natural dietary fibre, that has been used traditionally to improve digestion and support good gut health.
STRONGER LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
Acting as the body’s drainage system, the lymphatic system is said to benefit from Burdock root thanks to cleansed blood being able to flow more freely, which in turn helps the lymphatic system to detoxify.
Diuretics stimulate the kidneys and help the body rid itself of excess fluid - primarily water and sodium. Burdock root is said to be a natural diuretic, so through consuming it, you can help your body to purge the blood of excess fluid and waste.
Given the liver is our biggest organ, plays a central role in metabolic functions, filters the blood, detoxifies, and is the body’s major processing plant, Burdock root just may be your liver’s best friend.