Whilst it may be a source of frustration to many gardeners, there are some persuasive reasons why we should be celebrating this pervasive little plant. From the root to the flower, dandelions hold a number of uses, here we look at just a few of the benefits of dandelion root.
Rich in vitamins
Dandelion is vitamin and mineral rich, containing beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A as well vitamin C, fibre, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It is a good place to get B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even vitamin D. Dandelion contains protein too, more than spinach!
Dandelion root is high in antioxidants, powerful substances that help protect your body from free radicals – the unstable molecules that can damage healthy cells. Whilst we wouldn’t recommend over indulging, studies have shown that dandelion root has protective properties against alcohol-induced liver poisoning because of its antioxidant power.
Helps promote clear skin
Dandelion root has been shown to help the body dispose of unwanted skin bacteria. It also stimulates digestion and supports the liver – the major organ that helps rid the body of toxins and excess hormones, including the androgens that trigger acne breakouts. As a specific herb for the liver, it also benefits the female reproductive system by helping to regulate and normalise hormone production. Alongside its high vitamin and mineral content, dandelion is a winner if you’re after a clear complexion!
Lost your appetite?
Dandelion roots often used in teas and, more recently, herbal coffees act as an appetite stimulant and help to alleviate minor digestive problems such as constipation.
Help eliminate more fat from your body
Trying to keep in control of fat in your diet? Did you know that our urine consists of up to 4% fat, so the more we urinate, the more water and fats are lost from the body. Fact! Dandelions are a diuretic and could provide a helping hand in controlling your fat uptake. Furthermore, dandelions are low in calories, like most leafy greens, so for only a small amount of calories, you can enjoy a huge amount of beneficial side effects.
If you’re feeling bloated and lethargic, you may benefit from drinking dandelion root tea to cure that puffy, overly full feeling. It’s been celebrated by many as a way to detoxify, relieve constipation, soothe an upset stomach, and help shed water weight, among many other health remedies.
Great souce of iron
Move over spinach, there’s a new kid on the block! Dandelion Root has a high iron content, so could be useful if you’re suffering from anaemia. It has also been suggested that dandelion may enhance the absorption of iron from other sources, so it makes a good addition to your diet, especially if you’re not too fond of spinach, since the iron in dandelion is actually more concentrated!
Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to source the most up to date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that remedies in our articles are effective, when in doubt, consult your GP or a qualified Medicinal Herbalist. Remember also that herbal remedies can be dangerous under certain circumstances therefore you should always seek medical advice before self-treating with a homemade remedy, especially if you are pregnant, breast feeding or suffer from any known illness which could be adversely affected by self-treatment.
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