What Are Some Dandelion Root Tea Benefits?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What Are Some Dandelion Root Tea Benefits? Dandelion root tea acts as a diuretic which can help rid water from your system. The result is you will use the bathroom and urine quite frequently. It can also act as a natural coffee substitute if you choose to drink something else other than coffee. Dandelion is more than just a weed that grows in your backyard. It has been known for centuries to have medicinal benefits for centuries.

A flower, leaf and a root of dandelion can all be used to make dandelion tea. In Europe and Asia, it is known as a remedy for urinary tract infections, inflammation, detoxing the body and the common cold.

What Are Some Dandelion Root Tea Benefits? Photo Credit: istock- YURY PRONIN

This is the nutritional facts for one cup of raw dandelion:

Calories- 25

Protein-1.5 grams

Fat- 0.4 grams

Carbohydrates- 5.1 grams

Fiber- 1.9 grams

Sugar- 0.4 grams

Dandelion has an excellent source of Vitamin A and studies have shown that Vitamin A can lower the risk of cataracts, diarrhea, measles, and breast cancer.

Dandelion has a good source of potassium. And potassium is known to help relieve blood pressure and improve blood flow. The polysaccharides in dandelion are known to reduce stress on the liver. Dandelion also has a good amount of Vitamin C. And Vitamin C is one of the best vitamins to help with improving your immune system.

Dandelion has a compound called taraxasterol. And it is a compound known for having antioxidant properties that can combat inflammation. Taraxasterol can help regulate white blood cells and keep them from triggering inflammation.

“Dandelion has a good source of potassium. And potassium is known to help relieve blood pressure and improve blood flow. The polysaccharides in dandelion are known to reduce stress on the liver.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

Dandelion may have some anti-cancer applications. In 2011 a Canadian study showed that dandelion root extract induces cell death in melanoma cells without impacting non-cancerous cells. 

Another study showed that it does the same exact thing to pancreatic cancer cells. The studies show there is some promise there, but it is not 100% conclusive either.

There is some anecdotal evidence that Dandelion tea has some positive effects on your digestive system.

Some of the people that should avoid taking Dandelion Tea are:

  • Pregnant women or women that are breastfeeding should be mindful of taking any Dandelion tea as it could be potentially harmful.
  • Dandelion tea should be avoided when taking it with lithium or any antibiotics such as Cipro, Levaquin and Noroxin and others. The natural diuretic effects of dandelion tea can possibly negatively interact with any of these medications.
  • If you are taking a blood thinner medication it is best to avoid taking dandelion tea. The potassium in Dandelion can possibly negatively impact blood flow and clotting. If you are taking blood pressure medication it is best to avoid Dandelion tea.

The Bottom Line is Dandelion Root Tea has a lot of tremendous health benefits because of the number of vitamins and minerals that are in it. It should be avoided if you are taking any type of antibiotic or blood thinner medication because the minerals in the dandelion could negatively counteract it.

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