1. It’s a
powerhouse of antioxidants
Research from 2010 has shown that burdock root
contains multiple types of powerful antioxidants,
including quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids.
cells in the body from damage due to free radicals.
They can help treat and prevent a number of
different health conditions. The antioxidant action
helps reduce inflammation. One 2014 study found that
burdock root reduced inflammatory markers in the
blood for patients with osteoarthritis.
2. It removes
toxins from the blood
One of the most common traditional uses for burdock
root has been to purify the blood. Recent evidence
has found that burdock root can remove toxins from
the bloodstream. A 2011 study found that burdock
root effectively detoxified blood and promoted
3. It may inhibit
some types of cancer
Burdock root, as it turns out, may not only purify
the blood. It may also inhibit certain types of
The 2011 study also
found that burdock seeds had “potent inhibitory
effects” on the growth of tumors caused by cancers
like pancreatic carcinoma.
Another 2016 study
found burdock root significantly interfered with
cancer cell growth. While more research is needed to
determine the full effects of burdock seeds on
different types of cancers and tumors, this is still
a significant finding.
4. It may be an
Another traditional use of burdock root is as an
aphrodisiac. A 2012 study on male rats found that
the extract of burdock root had an aphrodisiac
effect. The extract enhanced sexual function and
increased the amount of sexual behavior in the male
More research is needed
on humans, but anecdotal evidence supports this
5. It can help
treat skin issues
of the most common side effects of constipation,
high toxicity in the blood, or poor dietary habits
is skin inflammation, manifesting as spots, pimples,
acne, rashes or discoloration.
Burdock root has long been used to treat skin
conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. The
anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of
the root can help resolve skin issues when it’s
applied topically to the skin.
study from 2014
even found evidence that burdock root may help treat
One of the aspects of Burdock that doesn’t receive
enough attention is its impressive ability to lower
blood pressure. The plant’s high concentration of
potassium, a vasodilator, helps relieve tension
within the cardiovascular system by relaxing the
blood vessels and arteries, thereby helping to
prevent atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.
The most well-known use of Burdock is as a digestive
aid for many reasons. Firstly, the high
concentration of fiber in it helps stimulate the
digestive system and moves food smoothly through the
bowels, thereby relieving constipation and
preventing bloating, cramping, and ulcers.
Inulin, a particular type of fiber found in Burdock
Root, can reduce inflammation in the gut and
eliminates many types of harmful bacteria that can
cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems.
Although all types of fiber can regulate the balance
of insulin and glucose in the body,
inulin is particularly effective and has been
directly connected to reducing the development and
severity of diabetes and diabetes-related symptoms.
The significant levels of Inulin in Burdock Root can
also lower overall blood cholesterol by eliminating
it from the body, thereby protecting your
The chemicals that give Burdock its bitter taste,
also stimulate bile production and digestive juices
in the gut, which helps the liver to rapidly process
toxins and flush them from the system. Clearing
toxins from the blood is one of the main purposes of
the liver, and Burdock’s organic compounds and
components have been directly linked to improving