The most common lawn weed – dandelion – appears to be a panacea for nearly everything. It is rich in vitamins A, C, iron and calcium and detoxifiers. The health benefits of dandelion include relief from liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, acne, anemia, and cancer. It helps maintain bone health, skin care and is a benefit to weight loss programs. These health benefits are currently being studied for complete validation. Here are some tips on how to harvest, prepare, and use dandelion leaf and root for beauty and health. Please, SHARE!
Dandelions are rich in calcium, which is essential for the growth and strength of bones, and they are rich in antioxidants like vitamin-C and Luteolin, which protect bones from age-related damage. These antioxidants also keep the liver functioning in optimal gear and protect it from aging. Other compounds in dandelions help treat hemorrhaging in the liver, stimulate digestion, and as a result, prevent constipation.
Dandelion juice helps diabetic patients keep the blood sugar level low by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas. This herb is slightly bitter to taste and is diuretic in nature. It increases urination in diabetic patients, which helps remove the excess sugar from the body. However, for patients already taking blood-sugar modulators, adding dandelion juice to their diet can result in hypoglycemia.
Dandelions help eliminate deposits of toxic substances in the kidneys and the urinary tract. They can also help anemic people, since they are rich in iron.
Dandelion milk is often used to treat skin diseases caused by microbial and fungal infections. Dandelion sap is highly alkaline and has germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties. It can be used on itches, acne, ringworm, eczema, without the risk of hormonal disturbances.
Antioxidants in dandelions, such as vitamin-C and Luteolin, reduce the free radicals (major cancer-causing agents) in the body. Luteolin poisons essential components of cancer cells when it binds to them, making them unable to reproduce. This characteristic has been demonstrated most notably with prostate cancer, although there are other studies being done. Dandelions also help detoxify the body, which helps protect from the development of tumors and various cancers.