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Dandelion – Unwelcomed precious weed in the garden

Dandelion is more than just a stubborn plant that is hard to get rid of in your garden. This beautiful herb is a delicious medicinal plant. From root to flower it is loaded with nutrients.

Also, known as Taraxacum officinale, has been used for centuries to treat several ailments. In terms of nutrition, it is not less than any nutritious plant in the garden. Dandelions have the potential to provide some therapeutic benefits.

Almost all parts of the plants have health benefits.

Greens – a substantial amount of iron, calcium, potassium, and other minerals.

Roots of dandelion are rich in carbohydrate called inulin, this is a soluble fiber that supports the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract.

Antioxidants in dandelion prevent the negative effects of free radicals in your body.

Diuretic – It is a popular herbal supplement often taken for diuretic benefits. Due to its high potassium content, it signals kidneys to remove excess water. A small human study showed that taking dandelion supplement increased the amount of urine produced after 5 hours (1)

Dandelions contain several bioactive compounds called polyphenols that are anti-inflammatory. (2)

Chicoric and chlorogenic acids are two bioactive compounds in all parts of dandelions that may improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugars. (3)

Animal studies have shown that Dandelion may protect the liver from toxic substances.

Some animal studies showed that it significantly reduced viral replication.

Dandelion leaves can be eaten cooked or raw, or even dried and consumed as tea.

Side effects – Dandelions have low toxicity and are generally safe for most people. caution advised to people with ragweed allergies. People with sensitive skin may develop contact dermatitis.

Human studies are lacking for a specific application of dandelions

Root – Raw dandelion root is rich in minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. Dandelion root tea is a perfect tea for everyday wellness. Its bitter taste stimulates the digestion and supports the body’s natural detoxification process. It is natural caffeine-free tea.

Dandelion flower – is full of health benefits. As the first flower in spring, it attracts a lot of bees. For bees, this is the first sign of spring. Petals are rich in vitamin A and other vitamins such as B12. For centuries dandelion pollen is used for skin infections due to its antibacterial effect.

References:

1. Diuretic effect of dandelion
2. Anti-inflammatory effect of dandelion
3. Anti-diabetic effect fo dandelion

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