Burdock - Research Brief
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Indication: impaired joint function, salt deposits in the joints, skin conditions, hair loss and fragility.
Actions: promotes body cleansing, helps to dissolve salt deposits in the joints, normalizes the production of synovial fluid, cleanses the skin, helps to maintain good gastrointestinal health.
Ingredients (per 1 capsule):
Burdock (Arctium m.) root – 420 mg.
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Burdock - Research Brief:
The name Arctium comes from the Greek “arktos” meaning bear, which is an allusion to the roughness of the burs. The burdock plant grows along roadsides and is considered by many as a common weed. The prickly burrs of the burdock catch on anything they can find to spread their seeds. It was these burrs that inspired the invention of velcro.
Burdock roots are bitter and thus capable of stimulating and enhancing digestive secretions and aiding digestion. It also promotes absorption of nutrients, soothes the digestive tract and helps many stomach conditions, and supports the elimination of wastes, especially when these complaints are due to poor diet, constipation, or liver burden.
Burdock is one of the foremost detoxifying herbs in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine. (1) The root is thought to be particularly good at helping to eliminate heavy metals from the body.
Burdock roots contain significant amounts of fiber that can help keep the bowels regular and promote growth of healthy bacteria in the colon. In fact, the root consists of nearly 50 percent inulin.
For several years, there has been an increasing awareness of the fundamental role that the complex bacterial ecosystem plays in our health. Inulin is a dietary fiber, that escape metabolism in the small intestine. Its selective fermentation by the human colonic microflora leads to a shift in the composition of the indigenous bacterial ecosystem, in favour of health-promoting bifidobacteria. In addition to the dietary fiber effects on improved bowel regularity, there are other physiological advantages, including improved mineral absorption, enhanced natural host defenses and colonic protection, improved gut health. (2)
Inulin positively influences metabolism, helps to improve lipid (cholesterol, triglycerides, etc.) metabolism, thus lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases.