What Are The Health Benefits Of Dandelion Tea?

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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 the health benefits of Dandelion tea? Dandelion tea can act as a natural diuretic and help you rid water from your body. It can also help prevent bloating. There was a research study that showed an increase in urine output after two one cup servings of dandelion tea made from the leaves of the plant.

There has been anecdotal evidence that has shown that there are positive effects of dandelion tea on the digestive system. That evidence has shown it can relief constipation and improve your appetite.

What are the health benefits of Dandelion tea? Photo credit: iStock- Madeleine_Steinbach

There have also been some promising anti-cancer effects to dandelion tea. A 2011 Canadian study showed that dandelion root extract induces cell death in melanoma cells while impacting non-cancerous cells.  Another study showed it does the same to pancreatic cancer cells.

Dandelions are considered safe for most people, but some people can have an allergic reaction by ingesting or touching it. It has been found to interact with medications such as diuretics, lithium and cipro.

Dandelion roots and flowers are considered healthy nutritious plants loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals and fiber.  They are excellent sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. It contains a high number of antioxidants that is important when it comes to reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

Reducing Inflammation

The beta carotene in dandelion can reduce the risk of oxidative stress damage. It can help reduce inflammation because of compounds such as polyphenols. There was a study in mice that showed a significant reduction in lung inflammation in those that received dandelion root.

Reducing Cholesterol Levels

There are some compounds in dandelion that have been shown to reduce overall cholesterol levels. There was a 4-week study done on animal rats and they were given dandelion leaf extract. And the study revealed that it reduced their overall cholesterol levels.

There was also another animal study that showed that consuming dandelion reduces the risk of liver damage and disease.

The Bottom Line is there are lot of health benefits to dandelion tea and dandelion roots and flowers. It has a lot of important vitamins and minerals as well as potent antioxidants that your body needs to fight chronic diseases.

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