Burdock (Articum lappa) is a scaly, pale green, flower bearing plant that belongs to the thistle group of plants. Mature Burdock plants can stand up to three to four feet in stature.
Burdock flourishes in damp environments and is indigenous to China, Europe and the United States.
What does it do and what scientific studies give evidence to support this?
The roots, seeds and leaves of the Burdock plant contain polyacetylenes, chlorogenic acid, taraxosterol, arctigen, inulin, lactone, essential oils, flavonoids, tannin, mucilage, resin, potassium, iron, and calcium.
Burdock is a common ingredient in dietary supplements that aim to detoxify and cleanse the body of pollution and toxic build-up. Burdock triggers perspiration and increased fecal elimination, promoting the fast removal of toxins from the body, and supporting overall health.
While more research is needed, existing science suggests that Burdock promotes system detoxification and supports liver, kidney and bowel health. Burdock may also promote a healthy immune system and efficient immune system response.
Cosmetically, Burdock is beneficial for supporting good skin appearance and healthy skin tone.
Burdock may also promote a healthy libido and support optimal sexual performance.
Who needs it and what are some symptoms of deficiency?
Healthy adults can benefit from supplementing with Burdock (see above).
Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) have not been established. Burdock is not an essential nutrient and no symptoms of deficiency exist.
How much should be taken? Are there any side effects?
Use as directed.
Do not use Burdock if:
You are taking prescription diuretics / water pills