Dandelion a Bothersome Weed or a Dynamo?

Dandelion Root has been known for it’s nutritional and medicinal powers for many centuries throughout Europe. It’s powerful health promoting properties have only recently been rediscovered here in the United States.

Dandelion is native to Asia, Europe and North America. In my neighborhood most people consider them a bothersome weed that ruins their beautiful lawns.

But upon further evaluation we find they have many wonderful health benefits.

Both leaves and roots contain valuable health nutrients.

The leaves contain bitter glycosides, carotenoids, terpenoids, potassium, salts, iron and other minerals as well as Vitamins A, B, C, D and G. Dandelion leaves provide 7,000 iu. of vitamin A per ounce as compared to lettuce which provides 1,200 iu. per ounce.

The root provides bitter glycosides, triterpenes, sterols, volatile oil, choline, asparagin and inulin.

The known health benefits are numerous, Granny Clampet knew what she was doing when she cooked up a pot of dandelion greens for her hungry family.

Health Benefits of Dandelion Root include the following:

* Supports liver health by cleansing the liver and bloodstream of harmful toxins.

* As a diuretic, dandelion gently allows the body to rid itself of excess water. As such, it can support the function of the kidneys, liver, and gallbladder as it removes toxins from the system. By doing this, it can reduce the symptoms of bloating that many women suffer during menstruation. This can also help to lower blood pressure when it is caused by water retention.

* Help with weight loss by aiding the liver to break down waste products and flush them out of the system. In this way, it can also be beneficial for those with cellulite.

* As a digestive aid, the benefits of dandelion are evident in improved digestion and reduction of gas build-up as well as reduction in heartburn. Dandelion can calm any inflammation of the digestive system to ensure it functions well.

* Aid with anemia by keeping the blood stream clear of toxins and encouraging the well being of the organs.

* Reduces Cholesterol

* Antioxidant properties are another of the dandelion herb benefits.

* Nutritional support for the elderly and pregnant women Studies suggest dandelion herb benefits may include anti-inflammatory properties

* Dandelion tea

Dandelion tea is an easy way to administer this herb. Many people will use it as a substitute for coffee, as it has a robust flavor but does not have the caffeine. Its slightly bitter taste can take a while to get used to, but can be sweetened with honey if needed. Tea made from the dandelion root has this bitter taste, while dandelion leaf tea is much lighter. Dandelion is often blended with other herbs which have a similar effect.


Dandelion leaf and root should be used with caution by persons with gallstones. If there is an obstruction of the bile ducts, then dandelion should be avoided altogether. In cases of stomach ulcer or gastritis, dandelion should be used cautiously, as it may cause overproduction of stomach acid. Those experiencing fluid or water retention should consult a nutritionally oriented doctor before taking dandelion leaves. People taking the leaves should be sure their doctor monitors potassium levels. The milky latex in the stem and leaves of fresh dandelion may cause an allergic rash in some individuals

Source by R E Thompson

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