13 Surprising Benefits of Dandelion


 The health benefits of dandelion include relief from liver problems, diabetes, urinary problems, acne, jaundice, cancer, and anemia. It also helps maintain healthy bones, skin and helps with weight loss.

There are many varieties of dandelions, but the most common is scientifically known as Taraxacum officinale . In terms of history, the plant is o riginary in Eurasia and today present on all continents.


Dandelion or Dent-de-lion is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and detoxifier which explains its inclusion in drugs.


The health benefits of dandelions 

           Bone health

Dandelions are high in calcium, which is essential for growth and bone strength, and they are high in antioxidants like vitamin C and luteolin, which protect bones from age-related damage. This inevitable damage is often due to free radicals, and is often seen for bone brittleness, weakness, and decreased density.


 Liver problems

Dandelions can help the liver in many ways. While antioxidants like vitamin C and luteolin keep the liver functioning optimally and protects it against aging, other compounds in dandelions help treat bleeding in the liver. In addition, dandelions help maintain the proper flow of bile, while stimulating the liver and promoting digestion. Proper digestion can reduce the risk of constipation, which in turn lowers the risk of more serious gastrointestinal problems.


 Diabetes

Dandelion juice can help diabetic patients by stimulating the production of insulin by the pancreas, which keeps  the blood sugar level low.


Since dandelions are diuretics, they increase urination in diabetic patients, which helps in removing excess sugar from the body. Diabetics are also prone to kidney problems, so the diuretic properties of dandelion can help clear the sugar deposit in the kidneys through increased urination. 

On the other hand, dandelion juice is slightly bitter in taste, which effectively lowers blood sugar levels, as all bitter substances do.


Urinary disorders

Dandelions are very diuretic and they help remove toxic deposits in the kidneys and urinary tract. The disinfectant properties of dandelions also inhibit microbial growth in the urinary system.


Skin care

Dandelion sap, or dandelion milk, is useful in the treatment of skin diseases which are caused by microbial and fungal infections. This treatment results from the fact that the sap is strongly alkaline and has germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal functions. 

You must be careful while using this sap and avoid contact with the eyes. This sap can be used on itching, ringworm, eczema, wart  and other skin conditions without the risk of side effects or  hormonal disturbances usually caused by pharmaceutical skin treatments .


Acne

Dandelion juice is a good detoxifier, diuretic, stimulant and antioxidant. These four properties make it an excellent treatment for acne. Before treating acne, one should know what the causes are. Acne usually occurs during adolescence, when the body goes through many physiological and hormonal changes.


During these hormonal changes, the glands secrete oil which, when mixed with dead skin, blocks the secretion of toxins and the pores become clogged. Therefore, toxic substances cannot escape and eventually lead to acne. 

Dandelion juice can help regulate healthy hormone secretion, increase sweating, and enlarge pores. All of these factors help to facilitate the elimination of toxins through sweat and urine. On the other hand, dandelion sap, if applied to acne areas, can inhibit microbial infection, reduce pimples and speed up healing due to its vitamin-C content, so scarring and inflammation will be less visible.


Weight loss

Our urine is made up of up to 4% fat, so the more you urinate, the more water and fat will be eliminated from the body. Dandelions, being diuretics, they promote  urination and thus helps to lose the dreaded "water weight" without causing side effects. Besides , dandelions are low in calories, like most green leafy vegetables, you will get a huge amount of beneficial effects.


Cancer

Dandelions are rich in antioxidants, like vitamin C and luteolin, which reduce free radicals (main carcinogens) in the body, which reduces the risk of cancer. It also detoxifies the body, which helps protect against the development of tumors and various cancers. Luteolin effectively poisons the essential components of cancer cells when it binds to them, rendering them ineffective and unable to reproduce. This characteristic has been demonstrated in particular with prostate cancer, although other studies are in progress.


Jaundice

Jaundice is primarily a disorder of the liver in which the organ begins to overproduce bile, which eventually enters the bloodstream and wreaks havoc on the body's metabolism. The excess bile is also reflected in the color of the skin, and the eyes, which usually take on a yellow tint. 

There are three main stages in the treatment of jaundice. First of all, you need to curb the production of bile. Second, you need to remove excess bile from the body, and third, you need to fight the underlying viral infection.


Dandelions are very helpful in all of these stages. They promote liver health and regulate bile production. Diuretics, they promote urination and excess bile can be eliminated. Finally, as an antioxidant and disinfectant thanks to the presence of vitamin C and luteolin, they also fight against viral infections. 

Dandelions are most beneficial when taken with sugarcane juice as they replace sugar in the body which is greatly reduced due to the impact of excess bile. A lack of sugar can cause extreme fatigue and weakness, so dandelions help boost your energy levels after infection.


Gallbladder Disorders

Dandelions are very beneficial for the gallbladder and the liver, as they improve their general functioning, protect them against the damaging effects of oxidants and infections, and regulate the various secretions of both organs.


 Constipation

Certain components of dandelion, namely the high levels  of dietary fiber, make it a beneficial aid for digestion and good gut health. Dietary fiber stimulates healthy bowel movements by adding bulk to the stool, and also reduces the chances of constipation as well as diarrhea. 

It regulates bowel movements, which can prevent more serious gastrointestinal problems. It is generally prescribed for children who suffer from constipation because it is relatively soothing on the stomach. It has also been used to stimulate appetite, especially after trauma or surgery.


Anemia

Dandelions have relatively good levels of iron, vitamins, and protein content. While iron is the integral part of hemoglobin in the blood, vitamins like vitamin B and protein are essential for the formation of red blood cells and certain other components of the blood. In this way, dandelion can help people with anemia.


High blood pressure

Urination is an effective way to lower blood pressure. In fact, most modern drugs for lowering blood pressure are based on this phenomenon. Dandelion juice, being a diuretic, increases urination, both in quantity and frequency. Hence, it helps in lowering blood pressure. The fiber in dandelion is also helpful in lowering cholesterol and helps lower blood pressure, since cholesterol is one of the factors that increase blood pressure. Finally, dandelions have a high potassium content, which is very effective in lowering blood pressure by replacing sodium.


Other advantages

Dandelions can also be used as a vegetable and are a good source of fiber. They promote digestion, and in the past they were used to treat scurvy, due to its high levels of vitamin C. They also have healing effects on dyspepsia, infections of the stomach, intestines and the urinary system.


What are the side effects of using dandelion?

Dandelions can be helpful for diabetics by lowering blood sugar, but for patients already taking blood sugar modulators, it can cause hypoglycemia, an equally dangerous condition. Consult your doctor before adding dandelion supplements in addition to your normal treatment.

Furthermore, the sap or milk of dandelions has been known to cause itching, irritation or allergic reactions on the skin, and should be kept away from the eyes.

Finally, there is a fiber in dandelion called inulin, and some people have an allergic sensitivity or predisposition which can be quite severe.

When adding dandelions to your diet in any way, start small and watch your body's reaction carefully.

Pick up some delicious dandelion leaves for good health!