Burdock Root Burdock root has been used as food and medicine for centuries in various ways, including as a diuretic to aid digestion. It comes from the plant burdock (arctium lappa) that is related to daisies and sunflowers. It's native to North Asia and Europe, but is grown in other parts of the world, including North America.
Burdock contains inulin, a natural dietary fiber, and is also used to improve digestion. As a root vegetable, it possesses considerably stronger antioxidant activity than common vegetables and fruits. In fact, recent studies confirm that burdock has prebiotic properties that could improve health
Burdock root is a vegetable native to Northern Asia and Europe, though it now grows in the United States. The burdock plant’s deep roots are very long and vary in color from beige to brown and nearly black on the outside.