If you have a garden, you probably hate dandelions; they’re obnoxiously hard weeds to remove. However, you may not know that dandelion root benefits have been part of natural herbal medicine for centuries and has been studied since the 1800s
Dandelions need an image makeover; they’re actually medicinal plants.
And because we’re big fans of superfoods, natural and herbal medicine, and have the greatest respect for research-based facts:
We’re sipping tea and dropping recipes!
And by sipping tea, you know what we mean: we’re giving you all the skinny on dandelion root benefits and dandelion root tea benefits (because that’s how we prefer them!)
Read on, because you won’t want to miss:
The weed you likely never thought about, the dandelion is more than wish-maker. Known as “Taraxacum” it is a large genus plant of the Asteraceae family, (which reading this blog you’ll soon notice has many other medicinal herbs in the fam) native to Eurasia and North America, now available pretty much everywhere in the world.
The two most common varieties found today T. officinale and T. erythrospermum, are edible from tip to root and have been recorded in traditional medicine in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It was commonly used as a diuretic and even had funny French name “pissenlit” - the bed-wetter if you will- before it was called, the now more respectable “lion tooth” or “dant-de-lion.”
What makes dandelion special is its sneaky nutrition and potent antioxidant power!
Dandelions are great not because they grant wishes, or because they have interesting names, but because they hide in plain sight and have enormous potential health benefits yet to be tapped by our modern world.
In Russias, Indian, and Chinese traditional medicine dandelion root benefits the liver and overall health and has been used in ethnopharmacology due to its hepatoprotective and hyperglycemic effects. There is evidence today, of dandelion root benefits for the liver, skin, bones, and it might even help you kick the caffeine habit!
According to research “Up to 45% of the roots consist of inulin,” a complex carbohydrate a type of soluble fiber that is linked to the elimination of gastrointestinal tract pathogens, repression of obesity markers, some forms of cancer, and even osteoporosis. It is also related to the balance of gut bacteria.
Additionally, it is a powerfully antioxidant-rich weed, containing:
Furthermore, studies show that dandelion root benefits leverage potential bioactive components including taraxasterol (TS), taraxerol, sesquiterpene lactones, chlorogenic acid (CGA), and CRA. All non-toxic and “potentially anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-rheumatic, and chloretic properties.”
Intrigued by this nearly-magical weed? There’s more! These research-based dandelion root benefits will have you preaching their graces in no time (and sipping that good tea)
One of the most popular reasons holistic medicine uses dandelion is its potential liver function support. Dandelion root benefits have been seen in animal studies, where mice exposed to toxic acetaminophen levels had less liver tissue damage than expected. Pregnant rats intoxicated with lead poisoning were fed with dandelion. Their pups had no liver damage.
Additionally, other animal testing revealed that dandelion root “significantly suppressed lipid accumulation in the liver,” successfully controlling fat and indicating a promising avenue for the treatment and prevention of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Say goodbye to that bloat you hate, the diuretic dandelion root benefits have long been known and now early research shows that only two cups of dandelion tea “significantly increased” urination and excretion rations in the five-hour period following intake.
Dandelions contain a bioactive antioxidant component called CGA which is also present in coffee. However, the chlorogenic acid present in dandelion might “mediate the impact of heavy coffee consumption.” Ultimately the lack of caffeine, but similar components, could satiate the craving and slowly help you wean off the caffeine need.
Human blood treated with dandelion phenolic compounds showed antioxidant activity that may be “beneficial for diseases associated with oxidative stress” and homeostasis changes.
Meanwhile, rabbits fed a high cholesterol diet showed a reduced extent of “atherosclerosis by reducing oxidative stress and serum TC, TG, LDL-C and raising serum HDL-C,” thereby supporting the antioxidant dandelion root benefits folk medicine has touted for a long time.
Test tube studies have revealed that dandelion root benefits may include: antimicrobial properties, antiviral activity, and fighting bacterial infections. In fact, in cell studies dandelion stopped cellular infection and growth of highly contagious Influenza and HIV-1.
One of the dandelion root benefits we’re most excited about is bone-support! Osteoporosis is such a prevalent condition and -even if research is in early stages- it is great to know that in animal studies, dandelion extract inhibited bone-disease causing cells.
A 2011 study revealed that dandelion root benefits also included melanoma cells suppression and death, without affecting healthy tissue! A 2012 one concluded that dandelion had similar effects on pancreatic cancer. In liver cancer cell lines, dandelion also increased cell death or apoptosis and autophagy. The results are very promising.
Since dandelion root tea benefits are what we’re about, one of the most visible ones is supported weight loss. The yo-yo effect is one of the most challenging aspects of a weight loss journey, dandelion root and tea may help by aiding in carb metabolization, reducing fat absorption, alleviating constipation, and naturally through its diuretic properties.
You can consume dandelion root in tea, salads, in mixed juices or infusions, etc. You can also try dandelion greens are steamed, or dandelion root extracts in small amounts (according to the available research):
If you’re itching to get that dandelion goodness in, get ready to harvest dandelion root tea benefits with one of these yummy and super easy recipes.
Recipe from Mommy Potamus
Recipe from: Eat Weeds
Recipe from: Love Love Thing
Recipe from: Forest and Fauna
Recipe from: Family Food Garden
Recipe from: Mama Natural
Recipe from: The Kitchn
Excited to get some dandelion root magic in your diet? So are we, so much so that we added this incredibly powerful superfood into one of our new liver-support Organifi mixes - coming soon to the mug closest to you! As always, mixed with other fantastic and great-tasting ingredients to maximize their power and efficiency.
If you’re looking into dandelion root benefits for liver detox, be sure to check out our handy guide: how to detox your liver in 10 simple steps.
If you’re getting these dandelion root benefits from one of those teas, or from another recipe (let us know maybe we can include your own!) drop us a note and tell us how it went.
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