Benefits of Dandelion:
Dandelion (Taraxacum officianale) is found in mild climates in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. It contains a mysterious enzyme which inhibits E coli (which is often the bacteria responsible for UTIs – urinary tract infections) The leaves, roots, and flowers may promote liver health and fight inflammation. Leaves can be cooked or roasted (which takes away the bitterness) and used in salads. The roots can roasted and made into a coffee-like compound similar to “Symington’s Dandelion Coffee/tea.”
The greens are rich in Vitamin E, Folate, and other B vitamins. Also prevalent are minerals iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
The roots are rich in inulin – a soluble fiber found in plants which aids in healthy gut bacteria.
Dandelion is also rich in Beta Carotene, which protects against cell damage and oxidative stress. Another anxioxidant Polyphenol is found in the flower, leaves, roots and stems. These may neutralize free radicals and protect against chronic disease.
Due to the numerous reactions with mediation and other herbs, ALWAYS check with your doctor before adding Dandelion to your diet to ensure it does not interfere with any of the following –
- Blood Thinners
- Heart and B/P medications
Please use cautiously as Dandelion also can have interactions with other herbs such as:
Angelica (Dong Quai), Clove, Garlic, Capsicum, Gingko, Horse chestnut, Panax Gingseng Poplar, Red Clover, Saw Palmetto, Turmeric and Willow.