Updated: Aug 9, 2021
Regulate blood sugar with dandelion
Some people see dandelion only as a troublesome weed. Others see it as somewhere to make a wish. But the delicate dandelion has got much more to offer than a wish in the wind. It is the golden herb for Liver in TICM.
Supports healthy digestion: traditional herbal medicine utilises dandelion to treat constipation and other symptoms of impaired digestion. Some early research seems to support these claims. One animal study revealed a significant increase in the rates of stomach contractions and emptying of stomach contents into the small intestine in rats who were treated with dandelion extract. Additionally, dandelion root is a rich source of the prebiotic fibre inulin. Research indicates that inulin has a strong capacity to reduce constipation and increase intestinal movement
Boosts your immune system: some research indicates that dandelion may have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, which could support your body’s ability to fight infection. Several test-tube studies found that dandelion extract significantly reduced the ability of viruses to replicate
Inflammation: dandelion may be effective in reducing inflammation caused by disease due to the presence of various bioactive compounds like polyphenols within the plant.
Regulate blood sugar: chicoric and chlorogenic acid are two bioactive compounds in dandelion. They’re found in all parts of the plant and may help reduce blood sugar.
Reduces cholesterol levels: some of the bioactive compounds in dandelion may lower cholesterol, which may decrease heart disease risk.
Lowers blood pressure: some people claim that dandelion may reduce blood pressure, but supporting evidence is limited. Traditional herbal medicine practices use dandelion for their diuretic based on the belief that this can detoxify certain organs.
Healthy liver: animal studies have found that dandelion have a protective effect on liver tissue in the presence of toxic substances and stress. One study revealed significant protection of liver tissue in mice exposed to toxic levels of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Researchers attributed this finding to dandelion’s antioxidant content.
Weight loss: some research indicates that dandelion and their bioactive components may support weight loss and maintenance, though the data is not entirely conclusive. Some researchers theorise that dandelion’s ability to improve carbohydrate metabolism and reduce fat absorption may lead to weight loss. However, this notion has yet to be scientifically proven.
Cancer: perhaps one of the most intriguing health claims of dandelion is their potential to prevent the growth of cancerous cells in many different organ systems. One test-tube study revealed significantly reduced growth of cancerous cells that were treated with dandelion leaf extract. However, extracts from dandelion flower or root did not lead to the same result.