Dandelion Greens are ranked in the top four of all green vegetables. It is also listed as one of the top fifty “power herbs.” Dandelion greens have a history of medicinal use in China, Japan, Russia and Europe. The Latin name for dandelion is Taraxacum officinale. It means “official remedy for disorders.”
The nutritional benefits of dandelion greens are off the charts. One cup of dandelion greens contain 203 mg of vitamin K, 244 mg of potassium, 147 mg of calcium, and 3 grams of fiber. They also called nature’s most abundant green vegetable source of beta-carotene. Plus dandelion greens are a great source of vitamin A. One cup contains 10,000 IU’s of vitamin A and to top it all off it also contains 4,944 mg of zeaxanthin and lutein, good for your eyes.
According to clinical professor, Dr. Mark Stengler, N.D., of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, dandelion ranks right beside milk thistle as the most frequently recommended herbs to help liver detoxification. It helps to treat the liver for hepatitis as well as other conditions ranging from indigestion to depression and irritability.
The chemical compound taraxacin found in dandelion is believed to trigger the gallbladder and liver to release bile and also stimulate the digestive system.
Dandelion is also a kidney and bladder tonic and cleanser. It is reported have the same diuretic strength as Lasix, which is the trade name for furosemide.
Dandelion root contains inulin, which is a type of soluble fiber known to have a postivie effect on blood sugar levels. This is helpful in the treatment of diabetes.
Dandelion greens are good in treating hormone related conditions like PMS. It contains two horomone balancing elements called taraxerol and taraxasterol. The dandelion greens are also a natural diuretic and aid in reducing high blood pressure.
You can make teas, juices and smoothies from the dandelion greens. You can add them to your salads and the pretty yellow flowers are edible.