Everything You Should Know About Dandelion

Everything You Should Know About Dandelion

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There is a long tradition in many cultures around the world of using dandelion to treat a large variety of health issues. This plant has a long history of use as a coffee alternative.

It has a long root that is dark brown on the outside and milky white on the inside. Dandelion grows pretty much everywhere all the time and is mostly considered to be an unwanted visitor to the garden. It spreads like wildfire and is very difficult to get rid of.

Nutritional content

Don’t let its weedy reputation fool you; nutritionally this plant packs a very powerful punch. Dandelion contains minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc and as well as many of the essential vitamins like vitamins A, B, C, and D. Those vitamins minerals and minerals are just the tips of the iceberg; it is also full of natural compounds that promote good health like steroids, alkaloids, and triterpenoids.

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How to prepare it

Dandelion is a little on the bitter side but you can minimize the bitterness through cooking. The entire plant is considered to be edible from the roots to the flowers and its root can be consumed in a variety of ways. You can buy dandelion root in dried or fresh form and it is found in teas, tinctures, capsules and liquid extracts. You can buy ready-made dandelion root tea or you can easily make your own tea; just pick them from your garden.

Health benefits

The entire plant including the leaves and root contains kynurenic acid which supports the body’s digestive system. This plant also has powerful antioxidants and we are all aware how important antioxidants are to combat the cellular damage caused by free radicals. The antioxidant nature of this plant gives it a number of applications in human health including liver and cardiovascular protection. Dandelion root is used as a treatment for a variety of health problems where a diuretic may help the patient.

Diuretics are used to treat liver complaints, hypotension, and they increase urine production. Dandelion root also works as a laxative and is used to encourage improved digestion. It can also work as an appetite stimulant and can help you to overcome an upset stomach. A few studies have found that dandelion root can help to stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol. Another study has found that dandelion can help boost the immune system which is vital for fighting off illness.

Side effects

Some people might experience an allergic reaction from consuming dandelion. Others may develop mouth sores from drinking dandelion tea. This plant might cause a skin irritation in some people. Some people may experience an increase in stomach acid production and indigestion from consuming it. People with kidney or gallbladder problems should ask for advice from a medical expert before consuming dandelion. Because it acts as a diuretic, any medications in your system may be forced out faster. Be sure to talk with your doctor if you are taking any drugs before you drink dandelion root tea.