Detoxifying Superfood: Dandelion

Detoxifying Superfood: Dandelion

For thousands of years the dandelion has been revered for its health benefits and healing abilities. In past times, it was even prescribed to people who suffered from all sorts of ailments and diseases, including the plague.


Once a symbol of beauty, it could be found in homes, gardens and even poetry. But today most of us see the dandelion as a nuisance, a weed that grows fast and takes over our lawns. It grows all over the world and is known to be an incredible survivor, which you will know if you have ever tried to get rid of them.


And just as it fights for its own survival, it can help us fight for ours as it stands up as one of the many superfoods that can give our health the boost it needs and even help detoxify our body.


What can dandelions do for your health?


One of the best things this plant can do for you is to help your body detoxify, as it rids your liver of toxins. Your body already does an amazing job of getting unwanted toxins out of your body, but sometimes it needs a little help.


It has also been used to aid in the digestive system. Because it is full of fiber, it can help you digest the foods you consume, lower your cholesterol, and prevents constipation. Plus, it can help you feel fuller, longer, which can help you lose weight and not over consume food due to hunger.


Dandelions are useful in the health of many of your organs, even some that we don’t think about, such as your eyes. You can help keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp by consuming dandelion products, thanks to their vitamin A contents.


These flowers are also full of vitamin K, which can help provide bone nourishment and is needed for blood clotting. Without vitamin K, our bones can be more susceptible to fracturing and break and women, as they go through menopause, can suffer from bone loss. Vitamin K is also crucial in aiding neurological health and is used in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s by preventing and limiting neurological damage to the brain.


Not everyone realizes the dandelion’s amazing ability to help us heal our bodies and detoxify our liver and so they work hard to erase this flower from the environment around them.


This little plant can be so useful when it comes to maintaining our health and can be pretty expensive to buy, often outpricing prime rib by the pound!


How to get the benefits of the dandelion


There are many ways to include the dandelion in your diet. In fact, everything on the plant is edible and beneficial. You can make it into a tea or add it on top of a salad.


The sweetest part of the plant is the crown and the flower itself can be pretty tasty. Just simply remove it from the stem and leave, which can be pretty bitter.


You can also add the root to hot water for a tea or coffee substitute. It can have the same energizing effects that you would get with caffeine.


And of course, you can consume it through Detox Organics, which is always the easiest, most convenient way. It may even be the tastiest!


If you are harvesting your own dandelions, make sure you don’t ever pick them in a place where they are susceptible to pollution (such as by the side of a road) or where they have been sprayed by pesticides or fertilizers.


Next time you see this little plant growing on your lawn, instead of spraying harmful chemicals on it to kill it, remember its amazing abilities to heal your body. And if it hasn’t been polluted by chemicals, feel free to pluck it and use it to your advantage!



 

 

References

Choi, U. K., Lee, O. H., Yim, J. H., Cho, C. W., Rhee, Y. K., Lim, S. I., & Kim, Y. C. (2010). Hypolipidemic and Antioxidant Effects of Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Root and Leaf on Cholesterol-Fed Rabbits. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 11(1), 67–78. http://doi.org/10.3390/ijms11010067

Gella, A., & Durany, N. (2009). Oxidative stress in Alzheimer disease. Cell Adhesion & Migration, 3(1), 88–93. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/S1110724302203010

Ehrlich, S. D. (n.d.). Dandelion. Retrieved February 10, 2017, from http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

Primack, J. (2014). Conquering any disease: the ultimate high-phytochemical food-healing system. United States: Press On Qi Productions. Print.

Sanchez, A. (n.d.). Ten Things You Might Not Know About Dandelions. Retrieved February 10, 2017, from http://www.mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=756

Singhal, A., Bangar, O., & Naithani, V. (2012). Medicinal plants with a potential to treat Alzheimer and associated symptoms. International journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology, Neurological Diseases,2(2), 84. doi:10.4103/2231-0738.95927