Not only does roasted dandelion have an uncannily similar taste to our beloved coffee, but it also has tremendous detoxing and healing properties. With many fun, delicious ways to implement roasted dandelion or even raw dandelion greens into your daily diet or even just a few times a week, the health benefits that back this sweet little weed are very desirous and certainly undeniable.
- Liver & Gallbladder: Dandelion has been shown to help the liver and gallbladder in many ways, including stimulating the production of bile and enhancing the detoxification process. The luteolin and high vitamin c content, help protect the organs from premature aging and assist in keeping them in a harmonious balance. It can also be effective in individuals who have jaundice or other disorders that are symptomatic of the liver.
- Weight Loss: This herb is a major diuretic, meaning it increases the amount of urine produced. Eliminating excess water, salt and waste in the process. This can help with weight loss because not only are you loosing water weight, but the urine also carries about 4% lipids (fat). So the more we do, the better.
- Bone Health: Dandelion is super high in calcium. Great for creating natural, plant based bone density.
- Diabetes: The juice of dandelion greens can help to stimulate production of insulin from the pancreas, helping to keep blood sugar levels low. Dandelion extracts are also great because they are naturally bitter and bitter tastes help to lower blood sugar levels, according to Chinese medicine. Lastly, on the diabetes train and leading onto our next topic, this herb can remove sugar deposits from the kidneys. An issue that commonly accrues in diabetics.
- Urinary Tract: This herb assists the kidneys in eliminating excess water, salt, sugar and waste through urine. All the while, replacing some lost potassium stores in the process. Such a powerful diuretic, that in France, the nickname for dandelion is pissenlit literally meaning, “to wet the bed.” Also, due to its antimicrobial properties, it helps to prevent any bacterial, viral or yeast growth within the kidneys.
- Anemia: Naturally high in iron and other components to build the blood, such as vitamin b and protein. Dandelions can be recommended in treated anemia.
- High Blood Pressure: Frequent urination can be very effective in lowering blood pressure. Since dandelion, particularly dandelion juice, is high in potassium it helps to balance out excess sodium levels as well.
- Acne & Other Skin Conditions: The sap or milk of the dandelion weed has been shown to be excellent for helping to treat common skin conditions such as acne, eczema, ringworm or any other skin condition caused by bacterium or a virus due to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. And as for acne, fresh dandelion juice is an excellent detoxifier, diuretic, stimulant and antioxidant, all very powerful in healing the skin.
Where can you find dandelion?
Dandelion is one of the first ingredients in Simply Young’s Brain Chai Latte. This drink was specially formulated to promote circulation to the brain, though is also has ingredients that benefit the liver, digestion and the lowering of inflammation, as well as everything listed above. Roasted dandelion can be difficult to find in powdered form, though is usually available in most tea sections of any health food store where you will also be able to find Dandelion Extract in the herb/vitamin/supplement section. As for fresh dandelions, they are great roasted or used in veggie stir fries. Or you can get them freshly juiced at an organic juice bar. Even if you need to buy the fresh organic dandelion from the produce section, they are usually happy to juice it for you in any juice , even for a minor fee. We promise, the inconvenience is much worth the reward.
A gentle word of caution…
Though dandelion can be helpful for all these conditions, as far as diabetics are concerned, please consult with your doctor before consuming on a regular basis, as if you are already taking blood sugar modulators, the combination could lead to hypoglycemia.