Dandelion is a herb (well most of us consider it as a pesky weed growing in our lawns and gardens) and it has been used in various traditional medicine for treating many conditions. It is a rich source of beta carotene and Vitamin C and B complex. It is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, eczema and joint pain. Dandelion can be used as salad greens, and in soups, teas and even wine. Roasted root of dandelion is used as a coffee substitute.
1. Prevents urinary Tract Infections
A combination of Dandelion root and leaf extracts of Uva Ursi seems to reduce the frequency of UTIs in women. Dandelion contains a chemical that helps in killing bacteria, reducing inflammation and increasing urine flow. However this combination should not be used long term.
2. Helps in Recovering from Tonsillitis
People who have undergone tonsils removal, can add dandelion soup in their diet for fast recovery. Home remedies for tonsillitis.
3. Promotes Digestive Health
Dandelion acts as a mild laxative and promotes healthy digestion, stimulates appetite and balance the gut flora. It also increases the bile production that aids digestion of fats.
4. Promotes Hydration and Electrolyte balance
If you are suffering from dehydration, try having Dandelion tea. Besides reestablishing hydration, it also in improving liver function by flushing out toxins.
5. Reduces High Blood pressure
Studies have shown that Dandelion lowers blood pressure by increasing urination and the nutrient content of fiber and potassium in dandelion also helps in regulating blood pressure. Dandelion juice, being diuretic in nature, increases urination, in both frequency and quantity.
6. Treats Iron Deficiency Anemia
Dandelion have good amount of iron and vitamins. Iron is essential for the formation of Red blood cells and taking dandelion juice can help people suffering from iron deficiency anemia.
7. Gall Bladder Disorders
If you are suffering from Gall bladder or liver disorder, try Dandelion tea or juice. It helps in improving the general functioning of these organs and protects them from oxidation and infections and also enhances regulates the production of bile.
8. Promotes Liver Health and Regulates Bile production
Jaundice is a liver disorder and occurs when there is an overproduction of bile, which ultimately affects body’s metabolism and can be reflected through color of our skin. Dandelions can be helpful as they promote liver health and regulate bile production. Being diuretic in nature, they remove excess bile and also fight off viral infections.
9. Promotes Weight Loss
Dandelion, being diuretic in nature promotes urination and not only flush out toxins but also helps in shedding water weight without causing any side effects.
10. Promotes Bone Health
Dandelion are also rich in calcium that is essential for the growth and strength of bones. It protects our bone from age-related damage and reduces the risk of bone frailty, weakness and decreased density.