The benefits of dandelion roots seem to stem from this weed herb’s tonic affect on the liver. Dandelions are very economical herbs considering that they are weeds that most of us dig and get rid of!
I have been eating dandelions for years.
Dandelions are great as a spring tonic for our bodies; it helps the transition from winter to the warmer season, by nourishing and balancing the blood so it will flow better and keep us cooler in the summer season.
10 Health Benefits of Dandelion Roots
- Dandelion root is Widely recognized as a liver tonic as it nourishes the liver.
- Because of its high iron and zinc content, dandelion roots are often used as a treatment for anemia.
- Has mild laxative properties and is often used to help maintain regularity.
- Recognized as a great blood builder and for the liver.
- Aids skin problems as well as detoxify poisons and toxic waste in the body.
- It is also a mild appetite stimulant; tea made from root and leaves can help relieve digestive problems.
- Dandelion root functions as a mild diuretic. Because potassium is often lost when using a diuretic, dandelion root is often a better choice for a diuretic than synthetic formulas.
- Lowers cholesterol according to some studies. Early results of at least one study show that dandelion root supplements may affect the cholesterol profile in diabetic mice positively by lowering LDL and triglycerides while increasing HDL.
- Its positive effects on the liver and digestion, may help the effectiveness of other vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
- “Dandelion acts as a tonic to the system. It destroys acid in the blood. As it contains organic sodium, it is very good for the deficiency of nutritive salts, and is recognized as a great blood builder and purifier.“ from the book Herbally Yours
Dandelion root Nutrition
- Filled with vitamins A, C, D and B complex.
- Minerals are abundant too such as zinc, iron and potassium.
- It is very high in calcium and other nutrients.
Harvesting Dandelion Roots
Time of year makes a difference when it comes to getting the benefits of dandelion roots.
Plant food or energy is stored in the roots and depending on when you dig them up affects your results.
A spring harvest will result in sweeter roots, while a few months later in the fall, the root has had time to convert the sugars.
The benefits of dandelion roots would likely come from a fall harvest, while sweeter roots might be used in culinary aspects of using this herb.
Other Recipes with Dandelion
Dandelion Flower Syrup: You can taste the unique sweetness from the yellow petals. (Read more about the health benefits of the flowers here.)
Dandelion Flower Cordial: The word cordial sounds tasty, and it’s very appropriate in this case!
Dandelion Tea: Made with the leaves — this is perhaps the easiest and fastest way to use a dandelion.
Dandelion Smoothie: After almost passing out from a dandelion smoothie, Randy gives some practical tips to keep your dandelion smoothie palatable.
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