Humans have been using Dandelion for healing for thousands of years. In traditional medicine, dandelion is used for many different medicinal properties.
The dandelion flower range from yellow to an orange color; they open in the daytime and close at night. When you break open the stem, you will see a white and milky liquid. When the flower matures, it turns into a white ball that contains many fine hairs and is actually safe to eat the entire dandelion flower.
One Cup Of Dandelion contains
- 25 calories
- 42 milligrams of sodium
- 218 milligrams of potassium
- 5 grams of carbohydrates
- 7 percent dietary fiber
- 535 percent vitamin K
- 111 percent vitamin A
- 32 percent vitamin C
- 5 percent vitamin B6
- 10 percent calcium
- 9 percent iron
- 5 percent magnesium
Dandelion Health Benefits
1. Protects Bones
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and dandelions contain 10 percent of your daily intake. By drinking dandelion tea, you can avoid tooth decay, muscle tension, high blood pressure, and calcium deficiency.
2. High in Vitamin K
Vitamin K is an important fat-soluble vitamin that is important in bone and heart health. Dandelion contains over 500 percent of your daily value. That makes it great for preventing vitamin K deficiency. Vitamin K is used for bone mineralization and blood clotting, maintaining your brain function, healthy metabolism, menstrual bleeding and more. A study in the Journal of Nutrition in 2014 over 7,000 participants found that vitamin K has the power to reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular issues.
3. Cleanses Liver
The role of the liver is to produce bile and help enzymes break down fats into fatty acid and detoxify our body. The liver also breaks down and stores amino acids, metabolizes fats and cholesterol, store glucose and so much more. The nutrients in dandelions help clean our livers and promote proper function. They aid our digestive system by allowing the proper flow of bile. It also helps for malabsorption, reducing inflammation and prevent diseases.
4. Fights Diabetes
Dandelion tea helps those with diabetes by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas and keep blood levels low. If your pancreas can’t produce insulin that is what leads to diabetes. Dandelion also helps the body remove access to sugar that is stored in the body.
5. Fights Infections
The milky white substance that comes from the dandelion stem is great for the skin. It is highly alkaline and has germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties. You can use the sap to relieve itching, irritation from eczema, ringworms, psoriasis, and other skin infections.
6. High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants help prevents certain types of cell damage. Drinking dandelion tea helps prevent cell damage from free radicals. In a Study by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Windsor in Canada found that the root extract was effective in killing different cancers in the body.
7. Rich in Fiber
Dandelion tea is high in fiber which helps aid digestion and intestinal health. Fiber moves the foods through the digestive tract, helping the function of the body. It works by drawing fluids from the body into your stool. High fiber reduces your risk of obesity, heart disease, prevents irritable bowel, helps with diverticulosis, kidney stones and more.
8. Good source of Vitamin A
Vitamin A is important in maintaining healthy vision, neurological functioning, healthy skin, inflammation and more. One cup of dandelion tea a day has over 100 percent of your daily vitamin A.
9. Serves as a Diuretic
Dandelion root is a natural diuretic, allowing your liver to eliminate toxins more quickly and gently. This helps strengthens the immune system, balance blood sugar levels, relieves heartburn and soothes digestive issues. Dandelion reduces uric acid in the body which stimulates urine production. This root helps fight bacterial infections within the digestive tract and reproductive organs.
10. Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
Dandelion tea can help prevent urinary tract infection, bladder disorders, kidney problems and more. A combination of dandelion root and a leaf extract called Uva Ursi helps prevent UTIs in women. This works because the uva ursi kills the bacteria and the dandelion root increases the flow of urine and fight infection.
You can enjoy up to 3-4 cups a day. It is best to take daily for 2 weeks, followed by a 1-week break.
If you are allergic to ragweed plants (daisies, marigolds, echinacea, etc) you’re likely to be allergic to dandelion root. Do not take this when you are taking antibiotics. This root decreases the effectiveness of the antibiotics and can interact with some. Make sure you talk to your doctor if you are taking any medication that is processed by the liver. Dandelion might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications.
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