Updated: Dec 21, 2021
Today I'm going to tell you why Dandelion is one of my favorites herbs. First off Dandelion has long been used for its medicinal qualities. As long as they have not been sprayed with herbicides or other toxins, they are completely safe to use and offer a plethora of benefits. In fact, they are one of my favorite ingredients for tea. Common to use is either their leaves or the roasted roots of the plant. Here are just a few benefits of dandelion tea.
Reduces Water Weight
Dandelion tea is an effective diuretic to help increase urination and relieve bloating; try just two cups of tea to see reduced water weight.
Promotes Weight Loss
Research has shown that dandelion may provide weight loss support similar to that of the drug Orlistat. This drug works by inhibiting pancreatic lipase, an enzyme that is released during digestion and helps to break down fats. It has been proven effective against obesity in studies on mice.
Soothes Digestive Ailments
Dandelion root tea may help benefit your digestive system. It may help reduce appetite or hunger pains while soothing your digestive tract and relieving constipation.
Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
When paired with the herb uva ursi, dandelion root may help prevent urinary tract infections. This combination is effective because of the diuretic effect of the dandelion and the anti-bacterial compounds of the Uva Ursi.
Promotes Liver Health
Dandelion roots have long been used as a tonic for the liver. Recent studies have shown they may increase the flow of bile, assisting with liver detoxification, improving liver functioning, and positively impacting eye and skin health.
Potential Anti-Cancer Properties
Recent studies have also shown that dandelion root may contain potential cancer-fighting properties that can help expedite treatment results. The research demonstrates that dandelion root extract may kill off melanoma cells without affecting non-cancerous cells.
The roots of a young dandelion plant can be roasted to a dark brown color and be brewed into a coffee-like beverage that may be just as effective as its processed, caffeinated counterpart.
Possible Side Effects
Although dandelion is safe for most people, some individuals may experience allergic reactions from ingesting or touching it. It also may trigger side effects if it reacts with certain medications like lithium, Cipro, and diuretics. If you are currently on any medications, consult a physician before you begin drinking dandelion tea.
As you can see Dandelion is a great plant to find, and one of the best things is dandelion could be as easy as stepping out to your lawn to find(if you don't use pesticides and fertilizers on your lawn).
Dandelion is an herb that I defiantly keep around. Bottoms Up!
With a natural health lifestyle making smart choices such as these will do you a lot of good in the long run and help you live a much fuller, happier, & healthier life.
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