Dandelion tea - beneficial herb or just another weed?
It grows pretty much anywhere and many people consider it a weed. The yellow flower that we played with as kids, making flower head wreaths and blowing it at each others' faces when it turned into a white ball with lots of fine hairs and seeds. That's dandelion! But would you ever think that this could be nature's top healing herb with so many beneficial properties? I was looking for a herb tea that could help with a liver detox and came across dandelion root tea. After doing lots of research, it turns out that this really is a very healing herb. Dandelion is high in many vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. It is loaded with potassium, it is high in calcium and very high in vitamin K. One cup of dandelion tea provides over 500% of you daily recommended value. Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting and plays an important role in bone formation. It maintains brain function and a healthy metabolism. Dandelion also contains fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron and magnesium. One cup of dandelion tea contains over 100% of the daily recommended value of vitamin A which is needed for maintaining healthy vision, neurological function, it fights premature aging of the skin, provides immune support and helps prevent cancer.
So, what are the main health benefits of drinking dandelion tea on regular basis?
- it will boost your antioxidants in the body
- it works as diuretic which helps with fluid retention and cellulite
- it supports liver detoxification (it helps eliminate toxins, it helps with fat digestion and heavy metal detoxification)
- it balances out blood sugar levels
- it is good for candida problems as it helps remove excess sugar stored in the body
- it supports digestive system by maintaining proper flow of bile
- it helps with chronic constipation as it serves as a laxative to increase bowel movements (this I can really confirm, it works!)
- it helps prevent urinary tract infections, bladder disorders and kidney problems (it reduces uric acid and stimulates urine production)
And I also think that it is a great tasting tea. The taste is slightly bitter but I really enjoy it. I usually drink two cups of dandelion root tea, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I've also heard that they are now making a dandelion coffee substitute that I'm eager to try. Something to look out for in the future! So, give this tea a try, hopefully you won't be disappointed.