What can Dandelion do?
More than just a nuisance weed found in your garden, dandelion is revered for its wide array of medicinal properties – particularly in traditional medicines where it has been used to treat ailments including cancer, acne, liver disease and digestive disorders.
From root to flower, dandelion is rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre which are responsible for its many health benefits. Read on to learn more about how you can benefit from the plant.
Some studies have found that dandelion can protect the liver against toxic substances and stress. One study of mice saw that the antioxidant content of the plant offered significant protection to the liver from toxic levels Tylenol, whilst other studies show dandelion extract may reduce levels of excess fat stored in the liver.
Supports Healthy Digestion
One of the many traditional uses of dandelion is to support digestion and treat constipation, and some research is able to support these claims. One study of rats found an increase of stomach contractions and the emptying of the stomach when treated with dandelion extract. Plus, the root is rich in inulin, a prebiotic fibre. Studies suggest that this fibre has a strong ability to reduce constipation and increase intestinal movement.
May Lower Blood Pressure
Traditional practices of medicine use dandelion as a diuretic, and a human study supports this belief. Dandelion contains potassium which is associated with lowered blood pressure, which is suggested to give the plant its diuretic effect.
Uses of dandelionDandelion can be eaten raw or cooked, serving a rich source of vitamins A, C and K as well as iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The roots of the plant are rich in inulin, which can be dried and consumed as a tea. Many people find the taste of dandelion too bitter, and would prefer to take a supplement such as our Dandelion Extract Leaf and Root Full Plant Profile.