Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Formal Name: Taraxacum mongolicum
Supplement Forms: Plant, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information

History

The health benefits of dandelions were first recognized in the tenth century by Arabian physicians. By the thirteenth century, it was used as an ingredient in herbal Welsh medicines. Although the plant grows anywhere with a temperate climate, it is native to Europe.

Bodily Functions Dandelion Assists

Although there isn’t a wealth of information supporting the medicinal uses of dandelion, the plant is believed to primarily act as an appetite stimulant and diuretic. Preventing water retention is important to maintaining a healthy urinary tract, and dandelion may facilitate that. Dandelions are also an excellent source of iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Foods High in Dandelion

Dandelion leaves can be mixed into a salad or served as a sandwich ingredient.

Ailment That Dandelion Eliminates:
  • May treat diabetes
  • Works as a laxative
  • Treats jaundice
  • Reduces water retention
  • Fights arthritis
  • Potential anti-cancer properties
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Stomach inflammation
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea (when ingested in large quantities)
  • Do not ingest dandelion if you are using diuretic drugs or lithium
  • Dandelion may lower the blood sugar, so avoid eating it if you are using hypoglycemic drugs

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