The Health Benefits of Endive

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This bitter plant that looks a lot like lettuce is a member of the chicory family.     It is a nutritional power house containing vitamins A, B, C, and K along with the minerals calcium, copper, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc.

Endive also contains a flavonoid called kaempferol that may help reduce your risk of ovarian cancer.     Endive’s bitter taste comes from a plant chemical called intybin which acts as an appetite stimulant and digestive aid.

Endive contains many medicinally important compounds such as sesquiterpene lactones, and plant sterols. Lactones such as lactucopicrin contained in endive have been found to have anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory properties.

As mentioned above, endive contains significant amounts of many essential B-complex groups of vitamins such as folic acid, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3). These vitamins are essential in the sense that human body requires them through external sources to replenish. They take part as cofactors in fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism.

A 100-gram serving contains 192 percent of the RDA for Vitamin K, 72 percent of the RDA for Vitamin A and 18 percent of your RDA for manganese.

Last but not least Endive is an excellent source of fiber so if you enjoy this bitter plant make it a consistent addition to your salads and meals!