Dandelion, the weed that grants more than wishes

Dandelion, the weed that grants more than wishes

When it comes to spring, we often think of childhood memories of picking various flowers, sometimes weeds, while dodging the bees seeking out pollen. One flower in particular is toted for granting wishes, if you are lucky enough to find it in one piece and blow it out in one go. Of course, the most popular to find is the humble Dandelion, often considered a weed since it is known to grow like wildfire.

But there is more to this wish-granting weed than meets the eye. Nowadays, you will find Dandelion in all sorts of detox health products from teas to natural medicine. So what is it about this plant that makes it so beneficial?

You may see it written on health labels in its Latin name, Taraxacum Officinale. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries due to its reported benefits of treating digestive disorders, as a liver ailment and a cure for indigestion. East Indians have been using it since at least the 16th Century as a hepatic (liver) stimulant, diuretic and even for treating skin disorders. It is particularly the leaves and the root of the plant that have been used for traditional medicine, leaving the flower to serve its purpose of granting wishes. Here are the top picks as to why you should be including Dandelion into your diet.

It helps balance cholesterol

Deaths related to high cholesterol levels are a leading killer in today’s world with 19 million deaths occurring annually. The Standard American Diet (SAD), in which Australia has adopted, is statistically responsible for such an increase in cholesterol. Consuming Dandelion has been reported to significantly balance your HDL (bad cholesterol) and LDL (good cholesterol) levels by reducing HDL and increasing LDL respectively.[1]

Diuretic Benefits

Diuretics are great for helping remove excess water weight you may be carrying, particularly if you are a lover of salt and follow the SAD (think burgers, fries, hotdogs, midnight kebab). Dandelion has shown to have diuretic properties. [2]

Liver Tonic

Dandelion Root Extract (DRE) has been shown to be a powerful liver tonic, which aids digestion. It has been reported to be a fantastic ailment to bloating and indigestion. A recent study has shown that DRE antioxidant enzymes delivered a significant reduction in cholesterol levels. It’s also interesting to note that Dandelion Leaf does not have the same benefit on the liver. [1]

Cancer Fighter

It seems like all herbs and plant based foods are pointing to a trend of being some sort of cancer fighting warrior, with Dandelion being no exception. A recent study in 2010 sought to see if DREs could help destroy drug-resistant human melanoma cells. It delivered promising results, showing that it helped induce Apoptosis (the process on when a cell destroys itself) within 48 hours, while leaving your body’s healthy cells unaffected. While this proved exciting, it also showed that the singular extract component was not enough to trigger a chemotherapeutic response in a chemoresistant cancer. It seems that it needs to contain a few more components of the Dandelion plant to be effective, which is why traditional medicine has been so effective. Studies are still early, but the results are extremely promising. There are also studies showing it has been effective in fighting Breast and Prostate Cancers! [3],[4]

 

Divinitá Tone

dandelion-3Dandelion is a wonderful weed. It grants wishes and provides medicinal benefits all the while growing innocuously in your backyard. It is because of this exact reason we include Dandelion in our product Tone. It acts wonderfully to reduce water weight, promote healthy cholesterol levels, detox
ify your system and tone your body. We choose our ingredients carefully, to ensure that they provide target specific benefits as well as giving your body extra assistance in areas you may not realise it needs. Keen to try it for yourself? You can do so here.

 

References
  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2820990/
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3155102/
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3018636/
  4. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/sp/ijo/2008/00000032/00000005/art00014