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.
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.
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.
Studies have shown that dandelion boosts immune function and fights off microbes and fungi.
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.
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.
In clinical trials dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.
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.
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.
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.
Studies have shown that dandelion lowers and controls cholesterol levels.
Use of dandelion increases bile production and reduces inflammation which is helpful with gallbladder problems and blockages.
Dandelion contains essential fatty acids and phytonutrients that reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can relieve pain and swelling.
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|
|Total Fat||0.70 g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber||3.50 g||9%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.084 mg||1.5%|
|Vitamin A||10161 IU||338%|
|Vitamin C||35 mg||58%|
|Vitamin E||3.44 mg||23%|
|Vitamin K||778.4 µg||649%|