Radichio is a perennial plant widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. It is a variety of chicory, but with a red color, which is why it is called red chicory or Italian chicory. In fact, the majority of chicory species are named after the regions in Italy where they are grown.
Radichio can be eaten both raw and cooked. The nutrients in it give the body an incredible number of benefits.
What does radicchio contain?
This delicious vegetable contains huge amounts of vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin E, dietary fiber, vitamin C and protein. It also contains beneficial carbohydrates and essential omega-3 and 6 fatty acids and antioxidants.
Why is radio useful?
Stimulates the immune system
The presence of large amounts of vitamin C in radicchio help the immune system to function well and protect the body from a number of viral, bacterial diseases, as well as numerous inflammatory processes in the body that lead to more serious problems.
The modern lifestyle is proven to intoxicate the body much more than in the past. In addition, stress plays an important negative role in the difficulty of the body to remove toxins from itself. That's why food products are needed to speed up this detox process and radicchio is one of them.
Radichio is low in calories, but very rich in fiber and useful carbohydrates, helping to lose weight. As a bonus, the body is loaded with many vitamins and vegetable proteins, which are satiating.
Polyphenolic compounds in radicchio help the body fight infections, inflammation, free radicals, malignant changes in cells and premature aging.
Radichio contains lutein, so important for eye he alth. Lutein has the property of reducing degenerative changes in the eye, preventing macular degeneration and the development of cataracts.
The beneficial amounts of fiber in radicchio help the bowels work well. They stimulate peristalsis while balancing the intestinal flora.
Reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease
The antioxidants in radicchio reduce inflammation in the nervous system and slow down the deposition of beta-amyloid plaque, one of the causes of Alzheimer's disease, or at least one of the mechanisms believed to be in triggering this process.