According to Chinese old medical text (659 A.D), this plant was used at the time for example to treat indigestion, inflammation of the caecum and inflammation of the breast.
In the West, the dandelion became known as a medicinal plant around the 10th and 11th centuries, when an Arab healer wrote about the usefulness of this plant in his medical journal. Once introduced in Europe, dandelion became a valued medicinal plant throughout Europe.
Dandelion purifies the body of residues and negative energies. Because of its cleansing effect, it is also called blood purifier, laxative agent, liver cleanser and fatigue remover.
Today, dandelion is used to treat skin conditions, lymphatic inflammation, anemia, to improve gastrointestinal tract function and liver metabolism. The bitter ingredients in dandelion flowers are extremely beneficial to the body by stimulating the activity of the stomach and digestive glands, thus promoting the digestion of food. This flower surpasses any vegetable in its richness of nutrients.
Dandelion contains:various acids necessary for organism (eg amino acids and fatty acids),
sugars (eg inulin – which is necessary to form fructose),
minerals such as iron, zinc, boron, calcium, silicon,
vitamins A, B, C, K and E.
You can eat all parts of the dandelion – flowers, stems, leaves and roots. However, the root contains the most active ingredients just at the time of flowering. In addition, the roots contain many beneficial substances that have a general strengthening effect on the body, such as 10% glycoside taraxacin, up to 15% protein, inulin, bitter substances, and unsaturated acids.
Dandelion greens can be eaten cooked or raw. The leaves can also be juiced for a green juice. They also provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The root of the dandelion is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which is a type of soluble fiber found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in your intestinal tract. Dandelion root is often dried and consumed as a tea but can also be eaten in its whole form.
Dandelion are full of potent antioxidants, which may explain why this plant has such broad applications for health. Antioxidants are molecules that help neutralize or prevent the negative effects of free radicals in your body. Free radicals are a product of normal metabolism but can be very destructive. The presence of too many free radicals contributes to disease development and accelerated aging. Therefore, antioxidants are essential for keeping your body healthy.
Dandelion contain high levels of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is known to provide strong protection against cellular damage and oxidative stress. Dandelions is effective in reducing inflammation caused by disease due to the presence of various bioactive compounds like polyphenols within the plant. Inflammation is one of your bodyʼs natural responses to injury or illness. Over time, excessive inflammation can lead to permanent damage to your bodyʼs tissues and DNA.
The dandelion plant contains bioactive compounds that have been shown to reduce blood sugar in animal and test-tube studies. Dandelion lowers blood pressure due to their diuretic effect and potassium content. Dandelion protect liver tissue from toxic substances and oxidative stress.
Dandelionʼs ability to improve carbohydrate metabolism and reduce fat absorption may lead to weight loss. The most intriguing health claims
of dandelion is their potential to prevent the growth of cancerous cells in many different organ systems.
Test-tube studies have shown that dandelion root extract has the capacity to dramatically slow the growth of cancer cells in liver, colon and pancreatic tissue. Test-tube studies also found that dandelion extract significantly reduced the ability of viruses to replicate. Dandelion root extract has anticancer effects against melanoma and leukemia , as well as pancreatic and colorectal cancer cell lines.
Dandelion increases contractions and movement of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, acting as a treatment for constipation and indigestion. This effect is likely due to the probiotic fiber inulin. Dandelion have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, which could support your bodyʼs ability to fight infection.