When you’re a kid, dandelions are totally awesome. Liam loves to pick them for me (swoon) and who doesn’t love to make a wish and blow all the fluff off? So stinkin’ sweet. Then you grow up and they become pesky weeds. Yay, we’re old and all of our imagination and optimism has seized. Wah wah. Here’s a fun little fact before I start explaining it’s health benefits: Wherever dandelion grows, it transforms it’s environment… allowing more delicate plant life to grow, hosting an array of nutrients for animals and humans alike, and delivering insects (like 🐝’s) nectar where other plants simply will not grow. Pretty cool, huh?
Now onto dandelion root. This you may not know about, but you need to. I learned about dandelion root a little over a year ago, and all of the health benefits it provides. I [try to] make tea on a regular basis. I buy the root cut & sifted and use an infuser with Ritter’s honey (any local honey is best) and a tablespoon of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. Oh, Bragg’s… that magical stuff will need a post of it’s own eventually.
First thing to know about dandelion root: it is PACKED with vitamins and antioxidants– contains Luteolin, vitamins A,C, D, K & B complex and is rich in magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, calcium, manganese, choline, copper and boron. The high levels of B complex can act as a mood stabilizer. Second thing (my favorite): it aids in weightloss. How? It’s a diuretic. You will quickly shed water weight- yes, I mean less bloating. OMG. It is also high in fiber and serves as a mild laxative. A little common sense coming your way, just in case-don’t go crazy here. One serving a day is plenty.
Now lets break this down [I feel so smart and nerdy right now 🤓]:
With the calcium provided by dandelion root, you can avoid tooth decay, muscle tension and high blood pressure. Vitamin K is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that plays a vital role in heart and bone health… and dandelions contain over 500 percent of your daily value. Whoa. So, not only are you avoiding a deficiency, you’re maintaining brain function and a healthy metabolism. As mamas, we need ALL of that. Vitamin K reduces the risk of bone fractures, especially in postmenopausal women who are at risk for osteoporosis. It also has cancer-fighting properties, reducing the risk of prostate, colon, nasal, oral, and stomach cancers. Basically this is a unicorn vitamin.
All of the vitamins and nutrients present in dandelion cleanse the liver and keep it working properly. The role of our liver is to produce bile (which helps enzymes in the body break down fats into fatty acids) and to filter and detoxify our blood. Dandelions aid our digestive system by maintaining the proper flow of bile. They are also an amazing source of vitamin C, which helps with mineral absorption, reduces inflammation, and prevents the development of disease.
Because dandelion is a diuretic, it helps remove access sugar that is stored in your body. What does this mean? It fights diabetes! If you have diabetes, dandelion intake will stimulate the production of insulin from the pancreas and keep blood sugar levels low. If our pancreas doesn’t produce proper amounts of insulin, or if our cells can’t properly process insulin, it results in diabetes. Because the glucose isn’t properly utilized, it accumulates in the bloodstream and results in high blood glucose or sugar levels. The research I did on diabetes really hit home for me- one of my closest friend’s sweet daughter was recently diagnosed with Type I and it’s taken a toll on all of us. Shoutout to one of the strongest chicks I know, I will always be #BraveForAve! ❤️
Moving along…. When you break a dandelion stem, you will get a milky white substance on your fingers and it is wonderful for your skin. The sap of a dandelion is high alkaline, and has germicidal, insecticidal & fungicidal properties. You can also use this sap to relieve itching or irritation from eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, and other skin infections.
Because dandelion is so rich in fiber, it is a beneficial aid for digestion and intestinal health. High-fiber diets also reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and kidney stones. And lastly- the vitamin A plays a vital role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological function, healthy skin and more. Like vitamin C, it fights inflammation. Just one cup of dandelion greens has over 100% of your daily value of vit A… so you can fight premature aging, respiratory infections & vision impairment. For our pregnant ladies- getting enough vitamin A is extreeeemely important, especially in the third trimester! And it prevents UTI’s!
That was a lot of info- but did I sell you on it? Go get some ASAP and add it to your daily routine. I also have a bottle of dandelion capsules I picked up at Whole Foods for on-the-go help when ain’t nobody got time for making tea.
Till next time, my Lucky Loves!