Monday, March 23, 2009
The dandelion is a common plant of the sunflower family. The smooth, erect, hollow flower stalk rises from the center of a rosette of leaves. Dandelion bears a bright yellow flower that soon becomes a feathery ball of seeds which are blown far and wide by the wind. That is why gardeners often regarded the plants as an annoying weed which grows in gardens and farmlands. Yet, it is an herb of well-known health benefits and great antiquity.
The name dandelion means "tooth of a lion," referring to the irregular, jagged leaves. In the spring the dandelion is valuable to commercial beekeepers since it furnishes large quantities of nectar and pollen that are needed for feeding the young bees.
Dandelion contains a significant amount of vitamin A and potassium, as well as moderate amounts of vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin D, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, zinc, and manganese. All of these substances can be beneficial to your health, but the dandelion also provides a more specific health benefit. Dandelion can actually act as a gentle and natural diuretic that aids in the function of the entire digestive system, including the function of the kidneys, gallbladder, bowels and more. It can aid in treating constipation and water retention.
Dandelion leaves can be eaten directly from the plant, but their bitter taste makes them less than appealing to the average person. It is better to boil the leaves and add them to salads, vegetable dishes, pasta dishes, and various casseroles. You can also purchase dandelion tablets from various herbal stores and online centers.
The health benefits of Dandelion:
1.Prevent or cure liver diseases, such as hepatitis or jaundice.
2.Act as a tonic and gentle diuretic to purify your blood, cleanse your system, dissolve kidney stones, and otherwise improve gastro-intestinal health.
3.Assist in weight reduction.
4.Cleanse your skin and eliminate acne.
5.Improve your bowel function, working equally well to relieve both constipation and diarrhea.
6.Prevent or lower high blood pressure.
7.Prevent or cure anemia.
8.Lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half.
9.Eliminate or drastically reduce acid indigestion and gas buildup by cutting the heaviness of fatty foods.
10.Prevent or cure various forms of cancer.
11.Prevent or control diabetes mellitus.