Did you know that dandelion is an amazing food and medicine? Though most people view dandelions as pesky weeds that are super invasive, they are the most nutritious plants around.It has been used for centuries as a food and as a medicine to treat anemia, eczema, psoriasis, blood disorders, and depression.
Dandelions contain high amounts of Vitamin A and C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. They are rich in trace minerals, Vitamin K and Vitamin D too. They have more protein than spinach.
Dandelion Health Benefits
Helps prevent strokes and heart attacks
Dandelions are extremely rich in Vitamin K; they contain over 500 percent of your daily value. It is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that is much needed for our bones and heart health. Vitamin K is important in bone mineralization. In fact, Vitamin K builds bones better than calcium!
Dandelion is a diuretic. It helps with digestion, balances the bacteria in the intestines, stimulates appetite. It helps the kidneys to excrete toxic waste and excess water by stimulation urine production.
A 2017 study found that polysaccharides in dandelion are very beneficial to liver function.
Dandelion has been proved to help the liver function properly by getting rid of toxins and providing electrolytes.
Dandelions contain antioxidants that fight free-radical damage to cells and DNA, thus slowing down the aging process in our cells. Dandelions increase the liver’s production of superoxide dismutase.
Several animal studies demonstrate dandelions regulate blood sugar and insulin levels by controlling lipid levels.
High Blood Pressure
Dandelions (here) are rich in fiber and potassium which help regulate blood pressure.
Animal studies have found that dandelion lowers and controls cholesterol levels.
Due to the abundance of fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients in dandelions, they are able to reduce inflammation and pain throughout the body.
How to Use Dandelions
Dandelions can be sautéed, or eaten raw. You can also make dandelion tea. (find it here)
- Steep one tablespoon of roots, leaves, or flowers in 6 ounces of boiled water for about 15 minutes
- Strain the roots, leaves, and flowers or drink them up with your tea.
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