Dandelion greens belong to one of the largest plant families – the Sunflower – which include more than 22,000 species, including daisies and thistles.
Because the flowers look like brilliant parks, dandelions are some of the plants that you can always find in your back yard, garden, or even in the cracked sidewalks around your neighborhood.
Even though they are traditionally more popular as ornamental flowering plants than as medicine, dandelions have a plethora of health benefits when taken.
Some of the benefits of dandelions are highlighted as follows:
- Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.
- Dandelion sap, also known as dandelion milk, is useful in treating skin diseases which are caused by microbial and fungal infections.
- Dandelion juice, being diuretic in nature, increases urination, both in quantity and frequency. Therefore, it helps to lower high blood pressure.
- Its juice is a good detoxifier, diuretic, stimulant, and antioxidant. These four properties make it a great treatment for acne.
- Dandelions can also be used as a vegetable and are a good source of fibre.
- Recent studies show dandelion helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. This is attributed to its ability to control lipid levels.
- Dandelion increases bile production and reduces inflammation to help with gall bladder problems and blockages.
- Dandelion contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that all reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can relieve pain and swelling.
Precaution: Even though dandelions can be helpful in lowering blood sugar, it is imperative for patients already taking blood-sugar modulators to note that this can result in hypoglycemia, (low sugar) an equally dangerous condition.
It is also pertinent to note that the milk sap of dandelions has been known to cause itchiness, irritation, or allergic reactions on the skin, and should be kept away from the eyes.
Therefore, before you use the dandelions for medical purposes, you are advised to consult a qualified physician!