The dandelion Root is a very economical herb considering that it is a weed that most of us dig and get rid of! I have been eating it for years.
Dandelion is a great spring tonic for our bodies; it helps the transition from winter to the warmer season, by nourishing and balancing the blood so it will flow better and keep us cooler in the summer season.
10 Health Benefits of Dandelion Root:
- Widely recognized as a liver tonic as it nourishes the liver.
- Because of its high iron and zinc content, dandelion root is often used as a treatment for anemia.
- Has mild laxative properties and is often used to help maintain regularity.
- Recognized as a great blood builder and for the liver.
- Aids skin problems as well as detoxify poisons and toxic waste in the body.
- It is also a mild appetite stimulant; tea made from root and leaves can help relieve digestive problems.
- Dandelion root functions as a mild diuretic. Because potassium is often lost when using a diuretic, dandelion root is often a better choice for a diuretic than synthetic formulas.
- Lowers cholesterol according to some studies. Early results of at least one study show that dandelion root supplements may affect the cholesterol profile in diabetic mice positively by lowering LDL and triglycerides while increasing HDL.
- Its positive effects on the liver and digestion, may help the effectiveness of other vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
- “Dandelion acts as a tonic to the system. It destroys acid in the blood. As it contains organic sodium, it is very good for the deficiency of nutritive salts, and is recognized as a great blood builder and purifier.“ from the book Herbally Yours
Dandelion root Nutrition:
- Filled with vitamins A, C, D and B complex.
- Minerals are abundant too such as zinc, iron and potassium.
- It is very high in calcium and other nutrients.
How to Make Dandelion Root Coffee click here Dandelion Coffee
Other Recipes with Dandelion:
Dandelion Flower Syrup: You can taste the unique sweetness from the yellow petals. (Read more about the health benefits of the flowers here.)
Dandelion Flower Cordial: The word cordial sounds tasty, and it’s very appropriate in this case!
Dandelion Tea: Made with the leaves — this is perhaps the easiest and fastest way to use a dandelion.
Dandelion Smoothie: After almost passing out from a dandelion smoothie, Randy gives some practical tips to keep your dandelion smoothie palatable.
About Diana Herrington
I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.