Dandelion Tea for the Win!
They’re not just weeds ya know! Dandelions have some great redeeming qualities. That’s why they’ve been used in folk medicine for centuries.
There are two different types of beverages that are popular. First being the infusion made from the leaves of the plant. And the second one is the roasted dandelion roots. These both are completely safe for use if they haven’t been sprayed with pesticides or insecticides.
Here’s a list of some of the amazing benefits of the dandelion tea, let’s have a look at them.
Benefits of Drinking Dandelion Tea
Reduces Water Weight
Dandelion tea can be used as a diuretic to help increase the urine output hence it can be used to get relief from bloating. Taking two cups of the beverage made from the leaves of the plant can help to effectively increase urine output and thereby, relieve bloating.
Soothes Digestive Ailments
Dandelion root tea can have extremely positive effects on a person’s digestive system. For instance, it helps to improve the appetite while soothing digestive ailments and relieving constipation hence it is highly anecdotal in nature.
Promotes Liver Health
The roots of dandelions have been used as a liver tonic in folk medicine. Studies have shown that they aid in increased flow of bile. In other words, the liver root tea is highly effective for liver detoxification. It also helps with skin and eye problems.
A Great Weight Loss Drug
Research has shown that dandelion has similar effects on the body as the drug Orlistat. This drug works by inhibiting the pancreatic lipase, an enzyme which is released during digestion and helps to break down fats.
Potential Anti-Cancer Applications
Recent studies have also shown that the dandelion root has some potential cancer-fighting properties and can show promising results in the treatment. One study has shown that the dandelion root extract causes the death of melanoma cells without affecting the non-cancerous cells as well as helped to treat the pancreatic cancer cells. Although anti-cancer properties haven’t been proven yet, they have great potential.
Acts as a Substitute for Coffee
The dandelion roots of the young plant can be roasted to a dark brown color and brewed into a coffee like beverage which can be used as an effective substitute of coffee. You can steep it in hot water and then strain it to make an effective drink.
Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
This herb can also be paired with the herb uva ursi to help prevent urinary tract infections. It works best in this combination due to the anti-bacterial compounds of the uva ursi herb and the increased urine output effect of the dandelion.
Possible Side Effects
Dandelion is safe for most of the people, although some people may have allergic reactions due to ingestion and touching. It also may trigger side effects if used with certain medications like lithium, Cipro and diuretics. So, if you are under any medication, consult a doctor before drinking dandelion tea.
So, keeping in mind the wonderful potential benefits of Dandelion Tea, go ahead and give it a try. See what kind of results you get with it.
Let me know your findings!
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