DANDELION ROOT & LEAF

Alkaline Herb Healing

What is Dandelion Root?

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a flowering plant. It is part of the daisy family of plants, dandelions are related to thistle, dahlias, sunflowers, ragweed, artichokes and lettuce. Dandelion benefits your body in many ways. 

Dandelion contains antioxidants like vitamin-C and Luteolin which are amazing for your liver, along with vitamins A, and K. They also contain vitamin E, folate, calcium and small amounts of other B vitamins. Dandelion greens provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium [1]

The root of the dandelion is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which is a type of soluble fiber found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in your intestinal tract [2].

Dandelion contains high levels of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is known to provide strong protection against cellular damage and oxidative stress [3]

Dandelion is used for:

• Loss of appetite
• Upset stomach 
• Intestinal gas 
• Gallstones
• Joint pain
• Muscle aches
• Eczema
• Bruises
• Increase urine production
• Increase bowel movements.
• Skin toner
• Blood tonic
• Digestive tonic
• Relief from liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, acne, jaundice, cancer and anemia. It also helps in maintaining bone health, skin care and is a benefit to weight loss programs.
• Viral Infections
• Cancer
• Dandelions are rich in calcium, which is essential for the growth and strength of bones.

 

 

Dandelion root has the capacity to dramatically slow the growth of cancer cells in liver, colon and pancreatic tissue. Dandelion extract significantly reduced the ability of viruses to replicate.

Safe Use: 

Dandelion can cause allergic reactions when taken by mouth or applied to the skin of sensitive people. People who are allergic to ragweed and related plants (daisies, chrysanthemums, marigolds) are likely to be allergic to dandelion. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking dandelion. 

Dandelion may interact unfavorably with some medications, especially certain diuretics and antibiotics.

If you’re taking any prescription medications, always consult your healthcare provider prior to taking dandelion. [4]

    Dandelion Leaf

    Chicoric and chlorogenic acid are two bioactive compounds in dandelion. Some of the bioactive compounds in dandelion may lower cholesterol, which may decrease heart disease risk. Dandelion may reduce levels of excess fat stored in the liver and protect against oxidative stress in liver tissue. Dandelion reduces lung inflammation and blood sugar.

    Significantly reduced growth of cancerous cells that were treated with dandelion leaf extract. However, extracts from dandelion flower or root did not lead to the same result (5).

    Dandelion leaf and flower extracts protected against skin damage when applied just prior to or immediately after exposure to UVB radiation (sunlight). Interestingly, dandelion root was not effective in the same way (6). Additional research indicates that dandelion extract may reduce skin inflammation and irritation while also increasing hydration and collagen production.

     

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