Why I Am Using More Burdock in My Juices These Days

If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Twitter lately, you’ll know that I have been posting pictures of the fresh, organic juice that I make each morning.

One ingredient that I am starting to use more and more is organic burdock root.

Burdock is not exactly a household name but the health benefits are fantastic. And for what I am trying to achieve – to keep my liver clean and healthy – burdock is exactly what I need.

A slightly bitter root vegetable, Burdock is good for the liver and kidney, and is known as a blood purifier. Studies have also shown that is has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Because the liver is the body’s filter, it is important that I respect this very vital organ and keep it is as clean as possible.

Some of my friends often say to me “Max, how can it not be clean? You don’t put anything bad into your body? It’s impossible.”

While I do eat all organic now and live a clean lifestyle, I have not always been so kind to my body. I took nearly 11 years of Prozac, used to drink a ton of alcohol, loved to smoke Marlboro Reds, and ate all kinds of horrible (fast) food.

Furthermore, I live in New York City, where the air is very bad, and deal with environmental toxins all of the time.

So, yes, my liver is not taxed by copious amount of liquor anymore but there are still other factors which adversely impact it.

And to help deal with this, I am using burdock root.

(Make sure you check with your doctor before starting to use burdock root since some people have an adverse reaction to it or shouldn’t be eating it.)


The juicer that I use is the Green Star 1000, a truly phenomenal juicer.

While it may be more expensive than other juicers available, there is a reason for that. The quality of juice that you get and the corresponding nutritional benefits you receive are far superior.

If you’re new to juicing or want a less expensive machine to start off with, try the Breville Juice Fountain.


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  • Jo says:

    Hi, I realize this is an older post, but if you will still receive this question, maybe you can let me know what is best to do with burdock root, eat it, munch on it or juice it? How about tea? I heard burdock root tea is very good. Thanks so much!!!

  • Sonia says:

    I use the Green Star at home and the Norwalk Juicer for SpaJuiceBar. Interestingly, I find fresh juiced burdock root to be sweet and smoky not bitter…simply delicious. It’s great to pair the root with other roots or cucumber for additional healing and nurturing benefits. Dr. N.W. Walker created the Norwalk juicer for personal use not commercial. I think the recent demand for juice bars prompted the surge for commercial use. Also, the juicer is expensive, only the die hard juice feasters will purchase it for home use. On a scale from one to 10, with 10 being the highest ranking in flavor and yield, the Norwalk juicer wins and the Green Star is second!

  • Randy says:

    Is it a truly accurate statement to say that the Norwalk is better? While it definitely seems superior in several aspects, the greenstar boasts its magnetic enhancement technology which further potentizes and preserves the nutrient content. While the Norwalk seems easier to clean and perhaps more durable (sure looks shiny!) I imagine the green star can rival it due to its technological advancemts. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Max Goldberg says:


      I don’t believe the Green Star is better, even though I have one myself. It uses a twin-gear masticator and “chews” the nutrients out of the cells while the Norwalk “presses” the nutrients out. I don’t know ANYONE who says the Green Star is better than the Norwalk.

      All that being said, I think the Green Star is fantastic and makes excellent quality juice. I love it!

      Live well,

  • Emmanuel says:

    Fascinating Max. I was on hulu the other night and caught a scene from a show I had never seen or heard of called Grimm. I rarely watch TV but was a little blue so I escaped into Grimm because it presented a modern version of Rapunzel (it was quite dark actually). Anyway she becomes injured and a character gives her burdock root (for its healing properties) to chew on. I had made a mental note to look up burdock root and then tonight I saw your post! Will look for it. Thanks!

  • Jackie Leftwich says:

    Don’t forget the Norwalk Juicer. It’s the best juicer made!

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Jackie,

      Without question, the Norwalk is the best juicer. However, I consider it to be more of a commercial juicer and the price point makes it too expensive for 99% of the population. Therefore, I don’t really consider it a home juicer.

      Thanks for your input.

      Live well,

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