Dandelion, a flowering plant in the Taraxacum genus, is known worldwide but was first mentioned as medicine by Arabian physicians in the Tenth and eleventh centuries. And again in Welsh medicine in the Thirteenth century. Dandelion comes from a French word meaning Lion’s Tooth. Oh, those French! It’s been thought of as a weed and it certainly grows like one, but herbalists praise its benefits. People use the roots and the parts above the ground of this herb to make medicines. And it is thrown in salads for hipsters.
It’s more than a pesky weed that takes over gardens and lawns. It’s also an excellent food and herbal medicine that anyone can find, grow, and put to use.
Dandelion contains Vitamin A, C, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron, potassium, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, fiber, even some protein (more than spinach). It’s used for quite a few things like loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema, and bruises. Dandelion is also used to increase urine production and as a laxative to increase bowel movements. It is also used as a skin toner, blood tonic, and digestive tonic. We’ll mention some of those, but concentrate on how Dandelion works as to help liver detox.
We know that Dandelion may increase urine production and also can decrease inflammation. Dandelion can act as a diuretic that helps the kidneys clear out waste, salt, and excess water with that increased urine production. The wacky French supposedly call it “pissenlit” That basically translates to “wet the bed.” This urine production inhibits microbial growth in the urinary system too and Dandelion also replaces some of the potassium lost in that process. Dandelion acts as a diuretic which increases urination which then lowers blood pressure. The fiber and potassium in dandelion also help regulate blood pressure.
Dandelion is thought to be one of the safest herbal remedies and it is supposed to strengthen the whole body, but especially the liver and gallbladder. In the gallbladder, dandelion promotes the flow of bile, reduces inflammation of the bile duct and helps get rid of gallstones. This is due to its taraxacin. It’s good for chronic hepatitis, it reduces liver swelling and jaundice and helps with indigestion caused by not enough bile. Dandelion has also been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and re-hydrating and balancing electrolytes.
It’s perfect as an addition to a green product that can detox your liver. Herbalists say that Dandelion heads the list of the most excellent supplements for the liver because of its relatively high amounts of choline which is very important as a nutrient for the liver. Dandelion also has a lot of lecithins, a nutrient that has been proven useful in various liver ailments.
Dandelion contains several B Vitamins. Vitamin B1 is a water-soluble vitamin and is expelled through urine. So adding Dandelion can help resupply the necessary amounts of vitamin B1 regularly. Vitamin B1 helps in many important functions and is one of the vital nutrients in the body. Its benefits include the following:
Helps with Energy Production
Sugar in your body is oxidized by the presence of Vitamin B1 to form a usable form of energy. There is some complicated system of enzymes that help do this. Vitamin B1 in Dandelion helps make that work and releases energy to the body.
Dandelion Helps Protect Nerves
The Vitamin B1 helps the development of myelin sheaths around nerves. If you don’t get enough, you can get nerve damage and even death. So good thing, it’s in Dandelion.
It Prevents Heart Diseases
Vitamin B1 in Dandelion helps in the production of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. That relays messages between the nerves and muscles and helps make your heart work. If you don’t have enough Vitamin B1 you can get irregular cardiac functions. People who have congestive heart failure might consider asking their Doctor to take Dandelion which could improve their echocardiograms and most likely prevent heart disease.
Dandelion Prevents Cataracts
When used along with other essential nutrients, such as those found in Core along with the Vitamin B1 in Dandelion can delay or prevent you getting cataracts.
Anti-Aging Properties Of Dandelion
Dandelion’s Vitamin B1 works as a powerful antioxidant, which helps you avoid the looking older by working against wrinkles, age spots, and other things that regularly affect aging organ systems. Every part of the Dandelion is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells. It is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A as beta-carotene and increases the liver’s production of superoxide dismutase.
The Vitamin B1 in Dandelion also helps in the secretion of hydrochloric acid, which is essential for the complete digestion of food particles. Dandelion also acts as a mild laxative that promotes digestion, stimulates appetite, and balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines. We talked about bile before, but Dandelion can increase the release of stomach acid and bile to help your digestion, especially of fats.
Dandelion is also a very rich source of beta-carotene which we convert into vitamin A. This weed-like superfood is also rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It’s a good place to get B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even some vitamin D too. It has been used for thousands of years as a food and as a medicine to treat anemia, scurvy, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression.
No one wants to make the claim that any ingredient can cure cancer, but Dandelion definitely seems to show promise in study after study that it may slow cancer growth and help keep it from spreading. The antioxidants and phytonutrients that are rich in Dandelion may help combat cancer. Combine it with other high antioxidants, such as Black Cumin Seed and see if that helps the synergistic effect. Dandelion has essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that all reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can also help pain and swelling.
Recent animal tests have shown a couple of other benefits of Dandelion. It may help diabetics regulate blood sugar and insulin levels since it has the ability to control lipid levels. Animal studies are also showing that Dandelion may raise your good HDL and improve your cholesterol levels. Studies also show that dandelion boosts your immune system and fights off microbes and fungi. Well worth checking out!
When you get Dandelion in Core, you know it has not been subjected to pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals. The ones in your lawn are not usually the best. Always pick Non-GMO, and as organic as possible.