One man’s pesky garden weed is another man’s herbal medicine! Not exactly a saying you may have heard before, but it’s the case for dandelion root.
Used by many practitioners of Chinese medicine and Native American medicine, the dandelion root helped ease problems with stomach and liver conditions.
In Europe, many also used it to treat diabetes; boils; and inflammation.
What is Dandelion Root?
Both the dandelion root and leaf have their unique benefits. Leaves are said to be diuretic and galactagogue (helps to increase breast milk production in nursing mothers), while the roots have more in-depth benefits that we will explore shortly.
To get your hands on a dandelion root, simply find a health food store near you where you can buy the whole plant or products like capsules; tinctures; and teas.
What makes Dandelion Root special?
While few studies have explored the use of dandelion root on humans, many herbalists believe it has a variety of benefits that are too good to pass up.
- gastrointestinal issues
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Liver issue
Dandelion Root’s Effect on Diabetics
Some research has shown that two properties in dandelion can naturally reduce blood sugar in animal subjects.
The bioactive compounds chicoric and chlorogenic acid are found in all parts of the dandelion plant and have impressive effects on diabetic subjects.
The two compounds have been shown to improve insulin secretion from the pancreas while also improving the absorption of glucose (sugar) in muscle tissues.
This process leads to improved insulin sensitivity as well as reduced blood sugar levels.
Other Benefits of Dandelion Root
Your liver filters your blood and can end up taking quite the beating with all the toxic substances that we end up absorbing.
Some researchers have noted that dandelion had significantly protected liver tissue in mice that were exposed to toxic levels of acetaminophen (Tylenol). This is thought to be due to dandelion’s high antioxidant content.
Preventing heart disease is critical. It’s the number one killer worldwide according to the World Health Organization.
Some bioactive compounds in dandelion root may lower cholesterol.
A study on animals shows that the triglyceride and cholesterol levels were dramatically reduced when treated with dandelion extract.
More research is required, but the results are auspicious.
Dandelion greens are an excellent source of calcium and vitamin k - both of which are key to the prevention of bone loss.
Inulin, a fiber found in dandelion root, may also support healthy bones through improving digestion and promoting healthier gut bacteria.
The properties of dandelion leaf were shown to prevent the growth of cancer cells in many different organ systems.
In one test-tube study, it was shown that extract from dandelion leaf significantly slow the growth
Of cancer cells in the liver, colon, and pancreatic tissue.
Aid Weight Loss
Aging will inevitably bring about chronic disease in people, and curcumin is a property that is very effective as a supplement to stop the aging process of cells as it reduces oxidation and inflammation.
Some research has shown that dandelion may have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. This helps the body in its ability to fight infection.
Many test tube studies have shown that the extract significantly reduced the ability of viruses to replicate. The compounds go further and protect against harmful bacteria
Dandelion has been used for treating constipation and other symptoms of digestive discomfort.
The root is a rich source of the prebiotic fiber inulin. Research shows that inulin can reduce constipation and increase intestinal movement.
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