Dandelion is proving itself to be the powerhouse herb. I drink Dandelion root tea and I’m not going to lie – it doesn’t taste the best without added sweeteners and even then, it’s just alright.
The health benefits that come with it are too amazing to not drink it though, so I choke it down as much as I can.
Do you mean like, the Dandelions that grow in my back yard?
YES!!! The tea is made from the root of those little yellow flowers that pop up come spring time. You know, the ones that are considered pesky weeds. If not picked or killed, they turn into the little seeded puff balls that were so fun to blow on as kids.
Who am I kidding, I still pluck one and blow the seeds every once in a while.
Many of us spend so much time spraying them with weed killer or plucking them to avoid spreading and it’s sad because we should WANT them to spread!
All the health! All for free!
The Benefits of Dandelion
- Dandelion root is a diuretic, meaning is causes our bodies to flush water weight. Part of that process includes cleansing our kidneys of built toxins, salt and excess water that’s just hanging around.
- Dandelion has high amounts of vitamins that help strengthen bones, helping prevent osteoporosis and arthritis.
Antioxidants for days
- ’nuff said.
It makes our liver happy
- Drinking Dandelion root tea helps improve liver function by removing toxins through extra urination. Detox liver = happy liver.
- You read that right! Animal studies prove drinking dandelion root tea actually helps stabilize blood sugar, decreasing our chances of or controlling diabetes.
- Both the flower and root acts as an anti-inflammatory, relieving pain caused by inflammation.
Slows cancer growth
- I do not take claims of slowing cancer growth lightly. Multiple studies have proven dandelion root does in fact slow cancer cell growth. It even prevents it from spreading. The yellow flowers flowers are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients that are specifically known to fight cancer.
Lowers bad cholesterol
- Animal studies show it decreases bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol.
Prevents urinary disorders
- It’s diuretic nature flushes our kidneys and urinary tract of toxins that lead to infections. Disinfectant properties also stop bacterial growth in our urinary systems.
There’s even more benefits but I didn’t want to overload you guys with too much information. With a list this long, how could you not use it to our advantage?
Vitamin + Mineral Content
Dandelion is also a good source of:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K