According to the famous doctor and alchemist Paracelsus (1493 – 1541) are the best medicines to be found in your back yard, and there is no herb that would fall more in that category than our common dandelion. The dandelion, the taraxacum officinale, is a free superfood growing everywhere you go.

Uses

The whole plant (including the root) can be juiced (add some apple or vanilla to counteract the bitterness) or its flowers and leaves can be eaten in or as a salad. The dried leaves, root and flowers can be used as herbal tea. Vinegar can be infused with and a refreshing wine can be made from its flowers. 

Medical uses

Dandelion is useful for the following:

A digestive Aid 

As a mild laxative dandelion promotes digestion. It stimulates our appetite, and it balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in our intestines.

Immune booster  

Studies have shown that dandelion boosts immune function and fights off microbes and fungi. 

Antioxidants

Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

Kidney cleanser

This superfood is diuretic, meaning that it helps the kidneys to clear out waste, salt, and excess water. This also inhibits microbial growth in the urinary tract.

Liver cleanser 

In clinical trials dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antihistamine

When the liver is in a healthy state it produces the enzyme histaminase which acts as a natural “antihistamine” to protect against and deactivate the foreign invaders that makes us snot and sneeze.

Cancer 

Dandelion acts against cancer to slow its growth and prevent its spread. The leaves are especially rich in the antioxidants and phytonutrients that combat cancer.

Diabetes 

Recent studies show promise that dandelion helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels.

High Blood Pressure 

As a diuretic dandelion increases urination which then lowers blood pressure. The fiber and the very high concentration of potassium in dandelion also regulate blood pressure.

Cholesterol 

Studies have shown that dandelion lowers and controls cholesterol levels.

Gallbladder 

Use of dandelion increases bile production and reduces inflammation which is helpful with gallbladder problems and blockages.

Inflammation 

Dandelion contains essential fatty acids and phytonutrients that reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can relieve pain and swelling.

Gout

The successful treatment of gout by dandelion is attributed to an increase in urine output by enhancing the elimination of salt and water from the kidneys and trough the fatty acids and phytonutrients.

Dandelion is a true superfood

Goji berries and chia seed have their own place of course but it should be reminded that this free herb is truly mass packed with nutrients.

Nutrient facts pr 100 gr. of our recommended daily allowance

Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA  
Energy 45 Kcal 2%
Carbohydrates 9.20 g 7%
Protein 2.70 g 5%
Total Fat 0.70 g 3%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 3.50 g 9%
Vitamins    
Folates 27 µg 7%
Niacin 0.806 mg 5%
Pantothenic acid 0.084 mg 1.5%
Pyridoxine 0.251 mg 19%
Riboflavin 0.260 mg 20%
Thiamin 0.190 mg 17%
Vitamin A 10161 IU 338%
Vitamin C 35 mg 58%
Vitamin E 3.44 mg 23%
Vitamin K 778.4 µg 649%
Electrolytes    
Sodium 76 mg 5%
Potassium 397 mg 8%
Minerals    
Calcium 187 mg 19%
Iron 3.10 mg 39%
Magnesium 36 mg 9%
Manganese 0.342 mg 15%
Phosphorus 66 mg 9%
Selenium 0.5 mg 1%
Zinc 0.41 mg 4%
Phyto-nutrients    
Carotene-α 363 µg
Carotene-β 5854 µg
Crypto-xanthin-β 121 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 13610 µg

 

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