Dandelions-annoying weed or amazing healer?
Every year, the Dandelion lifts her yellow head signaling spring is on its way. Some may feel this is nothing but a weed and a nuisance to their beautifully landscaped gardens. However, if we look deeper, we will find Dandelions are full of health benefits.
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) have been used for centuries to treat many aliments. The leaves, stem, flowers, and roots are ideal for plant medicines and are quite tasty in salads or when made into Dandelion butter.
Dandelions are full of beta-carotene, which are antioxidants. Antioxidants work to neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals. If free radicals are accelerated, they will cause premature aging and the progression of diseases. The beta -carotene in Dandelions plays a vital role in reducing cellular damage.
Dandelion reduces inflammation in the body and helps to lower blood pressure naturally because they are a good source of potassium.
Dandelion is wonderful for weight loss as the plant can improve carbohydrate metabolism and reduce fat absorption. Dandelions contain chlorogenic acid which helps reduce weight gain and lipid retention.
Research has suggested that dandelion may reduce the growth of colon cancer, pancreatic cancer and liver cancer, more research is needed but the early results are positive.
Dandelion roots and leaves contain bioactive compounds which may help lower cholesterol and reduce the amount of fat taken in by the liver.
Dandelions boost the immune system by containing large amounts of antiviral and antibacterial properties. Research has even proven Dandelion compounds may stop the growth of hepatitis B in some people.
Beautiful sunny Dandelion can even protect your skin from one type of UV ray which causes skin cancer and premature aging of the skin cells. Dandelion has been used for centuries to aid constipation and help with indigestion.
While forging for Dandelions in your backyard is not advisable due to possibly contamination from pesticides or animal feces, there are several Dandelion products available on the market. If you do forge for your own, do not harvest near busy highways or roads and never in an area which has been sprayed with chemicals. Always wash all parts of the dandelion and dry thoroughly before consuming.
Individuals who are allergic to dandelions, marigolds, ragweed, or chrysanthemums or daisies should not consume dandelions due to possible allergic reactions.
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