Burdock Root Is A Skin And Hair Breakthrough

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As an edible plant which is a member of the thistle family, burdock has traditionally been an ingredient in Chinese folk medicine and eaten in Japanese dishes as a root vegetable. Historically, it’s also been used as a naturopathic Asian remedy to cleanse the blood, treat sore throats, colds and fevers. While the biennial plant itself is for these health benefits, burdock root extract is also gaining a beauty reputation for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers for skin and hair.

The extract from burdock root is boosted with Vitamins A and C. It also contains the Vitamin B complex, which contains riboflavin to fight free radical damage to the cells and pantothenic acid to offer an anti-aging boost to the skin. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, burdock also offers the powers of phenolic acids, quercetin and luteolin, antioxidants which may be responsible for its healing abilities.

Burdock root extract packs skin advantages, including the ability to treat acne due to its antibacterial nature. It is also said to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, as well as to moisturize dry, irritated skin.

With essential fatty acids, this plant-based extract is also known to help with hair loss, thinning tresses, itchy scalp and dandruff.  For anyone hoping to refresh their roots or soothe a case of adult acne, burdock root may be an ingredient to add to your beauty regime.

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