What springs to mind when you think of Dandelions? Pesky yellow weeds that need pulling out of your garden? We thought so. But what you may not know is that Dandelions are in fact, a superfood with incredible health benefits.
Yes, the dandelion is one of the most nutritious plants you’ll find in your back garden! Every single part of it is edible but you’ll find the most goodness in the roots. Dandelion Root has long been used in Ancient Chinese Medicine (known as Pu Gong Ying) as a gentle diuretic and herbal medicine for digestion and liver health.
Join us as we reveal the top 10 Dandelion Root benefits and why it will make a valuable addition to your diet.
Dandelion Root contains Beta-Carotene, a powerful antioxidant that the body can easily convert into Vitamin A. While antioxidants work on the entire body, Vitamin A is particularly useful for protecting the liver from cellular damage.
Dandelions also contain polyphenols (plant-based compounds) that help ward off signs of ageing and reduce the risk of chronic diseases, both of which are often a result of free radicals and oxidative stress.
In folk medicine, Dandelion Root is often ground into a powder and mixed with water to create a soothing skin paste. The mild anti-inflammatory and antipruritic properties may help to relieve eczema symptoms and treat acne.
Several studies have also found that Dandelion Root helps protect skin against sun damage and may also increase the generation of new skin cells, to slow down signs of ageing.
Inflammation is a natural response to injury and illness - the problem is when it becomes excessive and starts to damage our tissues and DNA. The good news? The polyphenols (including sesquiterpene lactones and chlorogenic acid) in Dandelion Root help to reduce inflammation markers and keep them under control.
One study found that mice with inflammatory lung disease experienced significantly less inflammation after being treated with Dandelion.
Dandelion Root contains Chicoric and Chlorogenic Acid, 2 bioactive compounds that may help to reduce blood sugar levels. Animal and test-tube studies also support Dandelion Root as a potential diabetes treatment, with findings showing it helps to increase insulin secretion from the pancreas and absorption of glucose in muscle tissues.
Struggling with bloating, gas and indigestion? Taking a Dandelion Root supplement may be the answer to your problems! Rich in the carbohydrate inulin, the root encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract.
What’s more, it’s full of gut-friendly fibres that aid digestion with improved movement and prevent constipation.
Some animal studies have found that the bioactive compounds in Dandelion Root help to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, in turn, reducing the risk of heart disease.
Dandelion Root has antimicrobial and antiviral properties that may support the immune system in fighting infections and preventing viruses from replicating.
In ancient folk medicine, Dandelion Root is commonly prescribed as a diuretic. This means it assists in removing excess fluid from the body in the form of urine. If you’re feeling bloated or uncomfortable, taking Dandelion Root for water retention may provide the relief you need.
Dandelion Root is commonly associated with weight loss and a recent Korean study claims it has similar effects on the body as a weight-loss drug called Orlistat. This basically prevents some of the fat in foods from being absorbed into the intestines.
More studies are needed but the potential is there!
Several studies have focused on Dandelion Roots cancer-fighting potential with promising results. One study found that Dandelion Root extract killed Melanoma cells, without damaging non-cancerous cells. Another study found that it did the same to Pancreatic cancer cells.
While there are many Dandelion Root benefits, it’s important to make sure it's a suitable supplement for you to take. Dandelion Root can interfere with some medications, so it’s always worth speaking to your GP first. It’s also not recommended if you are allergic to Dandelions or have problems with your kidneys.
For the majority of people Dandelion Root Powder is safe to take daily, providing you follow the dosage guidance on your supplement.
The best place to buy Dandelion Root is Mountainlife! We ethically and traditionally wild harvest our Dandelion Root from central China. From there, the pure and natural roots are milled into a fine powder with a slightly bitter, chicory-like taste.
Nothing is added to our Dandelion Root powder or taken away. It’s simply 100% genuine, non-GMO & vegan-friendly Dandelion Root powder for you to enjoy as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
We recommend taking ½ tsp (approx 2g) of Mountainlife Dandelion Root powder daily. Add it to water, juice or your favourite smoothie to boost its nutritional value.
Alternatively, you can create a Dandelion Root tea. The recipe is simple. Fill a cup with hot (but not boiling) water from the kettle and stir in ½ tsp of Mountainlife Dandelion Root powder. Although it’s commonly called ‘Dandelion Root Tea,’ you’ll find it looks more like coffee and is a great substitute for those looking to reduce their caffeine intake.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning all about Dandelion Root benefits. If you have any questions or want to know more about our product range, feel free to drop us an email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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