5 Benefits and medicinal properties of dandelion

5 Benefits and medicinal properties of dandelion

The dandelion is a herbaceous plant, belonging to the Compositae family, which does not usually grow beyond 35 cm in height. It has a conical, short and quite branched rhizome, with a bittersweet taste.

Its leaves (with a bitter taste when they are grown) are deeply toothed and form a rosette at the base from which the flowering stems grow, which are hollow and upright and end in a yellow flower head.

These edible flowers bear fruit in the form of achenes, forming a sphere of white and silky pappus (set of feathery hairs) that fly with the air, thus helping to spread their seeds.

The name of dandelion with which it is popularly known in almost all languages ​​is due to the shape of its trimmed leaves, similar to sharp and curved teeth.

It is a source of vitamins A, C and K. They also contain vitamin E, folic acid, small amounts of B vitamins, and inulin, the most beneficial type of fiber for the health of the intestinal microbiota.

It also provides a significant amount of various minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and silicon.

But the medicinal properties of dandelion are due to the combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, such as beta-carotene and polyphenols, chicoric, chlorogenic and taraxinic acids, phytol and tetracosanol.

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Improved bone health

Dandelion is a plant rich in calcium and calcium is a basic mineral in the development and strengthening of bones. In addition, it is also rich in vitamin C and luteolin, two antioxidants that protect bones from deterioration associated with age, which is due in large part to the effect of free radicals.

Prevents anemia

Dandelion has relatively high levels of iron, vitamins, and a high protein content. While iron is an essential part of blood hemoglobin, B vitamins and proteins are the building blocks of red blood cells and other blood components. Therefore, dandelion can help anemic people to keep this condition regulated and under control.

Treatment for skin conditions

The sap extracted from the dandelion is a natural and effective treatment for skin conditions or diseases caused by bacterial and fungal infections. The reason is that the sap of this plant has alkaline, germicidal, insecticidal and fungal properties. Although special care must be taken in contact with the eyes, the sap extracted from the dandelion can be applied to eczema, itching and itching without the risk of side effects.

Improves liver function

Dandelion root is a known protector of the liver, not only because it helps to optimize its functioning, but also because it prevents and relieves inflammation. It facilitates the expulsion of toxins through the urine and has choleretic and cholagogue properties, which means that it stimulates the production and secretion of bile, improving fat digestion. It can be useful in case of hepatitis, cirrhosis and other problems associated with the functioning of the liver. In addition, it acts on the gallbladder preventing stones or calculi from forming, and could even help them dissolve.

Decreases fluid retention

Dandelion, thanks to its diuretic nature, promotes urination and helps eliminate excess water from our body. In addition, our urine contains a percentage of 4% fat, so the more we urinate, the more water and fat will be lost, so it also promotes weight loss.

 

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Applications:

Infusion: Mixed with other herbs to enhance the benefits. You can also make homemade tea with dandelion leaves.

Tablets: There are tablets on the market to treat fluid retention, as well as to promote the urinary system.

Tinctures: in this presentation it is used to detoxify the body, favoring the health of the liver, kidneys, digestive system, etc.

Contraindications

- Although it is a natural plant and its components benefit our health, some patients must exercise care:

- It is contraindicated in patients with bleeding disorders, as this plant has the property of slowing blood coagulation.

- Patients allergic to ragweed or other plants such as daisies or chrysanthemums should avoid it.

- Dandelion decreases the amount of oxalates, so patients suffering from kidney failure should not consume it.

- Pregnant women, better consult your doctor first.

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