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Dandelion Health Benefits (herb)

Dandelion is a weed that is most commonly found on lawns, gardens, meadows, and even pops up in cracked sidewalks and pavement. The herb is good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.

 

Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production.

 

Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Dandelion acts as a mild laxative that promotes digestion, stimulates appetite, and balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

 

Dandelion acts against cancer to slow its growth and prevent its spread. The leaves are especially rich in the antioxidants and phytonutrients that combat cancer.

 

Dandelion juice can help diabetic patients by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas, thereby keeping the blood sugar level low.

 

Since dandelions are diuretic in nature, they increase urination in diabetic patients, which helps remove the excess sugar from the body.

 

Diabetics are also prone to renal problems, so the diuretic properties of dandelion can help removing the sugar deposition in the kidneys through increased urination.

 

Urination is an effective way of lowering blood pressure. In fact, most of the modern medicines for lowering blood pressure are based on this phenomenon. Dandelion juice, being diuretic in nature, increases urination, both in quantity and frequency.

 

Therefore, it helps lower high blood pressure. The fiber in dandelion is also helpful in reducing cholesterol and thereby assists in lowering blood pressure, since cholesterol is one of the factors that increase blood pressure.

 

Dandelions have relatively good levels of iron, vitamins, and protein content. While iron is the integral part of haemoglobin in the blood, vitamins like vitamin-B and protein are essential for the formation of red blood cells and certain other components of the blood.

 

Dandelion is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them. But it doesn’t hurt to try!

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