Burdock Root (Arctium lappa) is a wonderfully fragrant herb with a wide range of health benefits. Burdock is a plant found in both Europe and Asia. It is easy to identify growing along fences and roads due to its prickly, harsh appearance (seen in the image above). The root of the plant is brown on the outside and white on the inside, with a fleshy texture. In many parts of Asia, the taproot of the young burdock plant is harvested and eaten as a root vegetable.
Burdock is widely known as one of the best detoxifying herbs. It is used to treat problems arising from excess toxin build up such as boils, rashes and chronic skin problems. In addition, it helps with cleansing the body of built up waste products. It is recommended that Burdock root be fed to horses in combination with another herb/s that help to expel toxins from the system. This herb is also known to support the functioning and health of the liver and kidney.
One of the active constituents in Burdock is believe to have an antibiotic effect and it also has anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. It is hypoglycemic in nature, so beneficial for horses with laminitis and other metabolic issues. Burdock root soothes and supports gut health with its notable levels of non starch polysaccharides – inulin, glucoside-lappin and mucilage.
Burdock Root contains small amounts of many vitamins including:
- folic acid
- vitamin E
- vitamin C
Minerals found in Burdock Root include:
Having a flavour similar to parsnips, it is generally very palatable to horses and has a gummy, chewy consistency. The range of benefits of Burdock Root make is especially useful for older horses.
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