Have you ever used dandelions? Most of you probably think that dandelions are just an invasive weed that grows everywhere. Believe it or not, dandelions are rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Dandelions have been used since ancient times as a remedy for psoriasis, eczema, blood disorders, and depression. This plant is rich in vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, fiber, calcium, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorus. It is also a source of vitamin K and D. Do you know that dandelion has more protein than spinach?
A cup of dandelion greens contains:
• 25 calories
• 42 milligrams of sodium
• 218 milligrams of potassium
• 5 grams of carbohydrates
• 7 percent dietary fiber
• 535 percent vitamin K
• 111 percent vitamin A
• 32 percent vitamin C
• 5 percent vitamin B6
• 10 percent calcium
• 9 percent iron
• 5 percent magnesium
Dandelions enhance digestion and balances the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. This plant also stimulates appetite. Use dandelions as diuretic to stimulate the production of urine and help kidneys eliminate toxic waste and excess water. Dandelion is a mild laxative, and can be used as a remedy for constipation.
Dandelions provide 500 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin that takes part in bone mineralization. Vitamin K is more efficient than calcium when it comes to building strong bones.
3. Clean liver
Dandelions improve the production of superoxide dismutase. It’s an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage. Yes, it has the power to slow down the aging process. Dandelion improves the function of your liver as it removes dangerous toxins and gives you enough electrolytes. A 2017 study confirmed that polysaccharides in dandelion optimize the function of your liver.
The plant has a high content of essential fatty acids, phytonutrients and antioxidants, meaning it reduces inflammation and relieves pain. Unlike prescription drugs, dandelions have no side effects.
Consume dandelion to regulate cholesterol levels. This benefit was confirmed by studies conducted on lab animals.
6. High blood pressure
Fiber and potassium give dandelions their ability to normalize blood pressure.
7. Immune system
Dandelions affect the immune system in a positive way and destroys dangerous microbes and bacteria. When used topically, dandelion soothes skin irritations.
How to use dandelions?
Eat your dandelions raw, but make sure you wash them first. Dandelions work well when sautéed lightly. Chop up fresh dandelion greens and use them as garnish. You can also add them to your sauces.
Some people like to prepare hot dandelion tea using the roots. Dandelion roots are rich in calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Antioxidants inhibit the growth of cancer cells and induce apoptosis (cancer cell death).