3 Health Benefits Of Eating Dandelion

3 Health Benefits Of Eating Dandelion


three health benefits of eating
dandelion okay we get it sometimes bestie likes to go off the
beaten path when it comes to health and nutrition facts and tips chances are a
good number of you aren’t even listening to this video right now you took one
look at the title of the video and immediately flock to the comments
section to tell us how ridiculous and laughable it is that we really expect
you to be eating weeds that you grow in your front yard for those of you that
are still with us though try to hear us out
yes dandelions are a pesky weed you probably associate with gardening more
than you do with dinner however dandelions are not only edible
for human beings but also packed with a surprising amount of nutritional value
today we’re going to see why you should be eating more dandelions before we
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content while the thought of dandelion salad might not sound particularly
appetizing to most of you dandelions are in fact edible and mostly
safe for human consumption the green parts of dandelions such as
the leaves and either be eaten raw or cooked and the roots of dandelion can be
dried out and ground up to be used as tea or substitute for coffee
additionally nutritionists have experimented using dandelion as a
primary ingredient in a variety of supplements extracts powders and tinters
although research into such things as dosage guidelines for these dandelion
based supplements are currently limited the only people who may want to hold off
on ingesting dandelions are those who are susceptible to plant related
allergies such as ragweed and in some cases people with sensitive skin find
that dandelion can potentially be a trigger for contact dermatitis
additionally dandelion may have some undesired side effects for people who
are currently taking certain types of medication such as certain types of
diuretics and antibiotics for this reason it’s important to consult a
medical professional before taking any sort of dandelion based supplement or
additive in order to ensure your comfort and safety now that we’ve got that out
of the way let’s take a look at some of the more positive ways in which
dandelion and the derived from it can potentially make an
impact on your health and wellness number one vitamins minerals and
antioxidants looking to add more greenery to your daily diet as it turns
out dandelions are in fact a significant source of various beneficial vitamins
minerals and other nutrients dandelion greens contain a considerable
concentration of vitamin A C K and E as well as folate iron magnesium calcium
and potassium additionally a root of the dandelion is also a rich source of a
specific type of carbohydrate known as a Newland a Newland is a type of prebiotic
fiber that benefits your digestive system by promoting a healthy culture of
bacteria gut flora studies into the potential medicinal properties of the
dandelion root have indicated that a Newland may potentially be highly
effective at reducing constipation and assisting with healthy digestion in
Newland is also a soluble fiber and if you’ve seen our videos on the subject
you already know that soluble fiber is a welcome addition to any diet for more
information check out our previous video why you should eat more fiber to learn
more about fiber in your diet as well as the reasons why you probably are not
getting enough of it already in addition to these vitamins minerals and fiber
dandelion is also a rich source of antioxidants as well specifically
dandelions are a rich source of an antioxidant known as beta carotene for
those who are not in the know antioxidants are important to your body
due to the fact that they protect your body’s cells from oxidative damage by
regulating your body’s concentration of free radicals so put it a little more
simply antioxidants protect you from a type of cell damage associated with
things such as accelerated aging in other words the nutritional value of
dandelion can not only keep you healthy but also help you look and feel younger
as well another powerful type of antioxidants found within dandelions are
known as polyphenols these antioxidants can be obtained from various parts of
the dandelion plant but are mostly abundantly found in the dandelion flower
according to some test-tube studies the polyphenols found in dandelions may also
help reduce markers as ciated with inflammation within the body
and in another study lab mice with inflammatory lung disease were found to
have significantly reduced inflammation in their lungs as a result of dandelion
based treatments however a greater amount of research is required to
determine whether or not the anti-inflammatory properties found in
dandelion have any significant effect on the human body
number two dandelion may help with weight loss while a dandelion supplement
or extract is no substitute for a healthy balanced diet and regular
exercise some research appears to indicate that the bioactive components
found within dandelions could potentially be useful when it comes to
maintaining a healthy weight according to some theories dandelions may factor
in weight loss due to certain properties that allow them to improve carbohydrate
metabolism and reduce the fat absorption in other animal related studies a
compound found in dandelions known as chlorogenic acid was found to reduce
body weight in mice as well as diminished certain types of fat storing
hormones before you get too excited by these findings it’s worth mentioning
that any possible links between dandelions and weight loss are still
currently based on inconclusive evidence and more research is required in order
to get a more complete picture of the real effect that dandelions and their
derived products have on our weight for now the notion of dandelions as a weight
loss superfood is still just a theory number 3 dandelions might prevent
disease according to some test-tube and animal related studies it’s been
theorized that the chai Corrick and chlorogenic acids found within dandelion
can help with the production of insulin in the body as well as reduce blood
sugar levels thus increasing the body’s insulin activity and lessening the risk
of conditions such as diabetes some of the bioactive compounds found within
dandelions may also reduce cholesterol as well as triglycerides within the body
which might also be useful in staving off the effects of heart disease if
that’s not enough researchers have also speculated on the possibility that
dandelions could have the potential to prevent the growth and spread of certain
types of cancer cells as well according to one test-tube study the use of an
extract made from dandelion leaves was found to be noticeably effective
when it came to slowing down the growth of prostate cancer cells extracts made
from the flowers or roots of the dandelion were found to be significantly
less effective in this regard similar test-tube studies have found
that dandelion root extract may be effective at slowing the growth of other
types of cancer cells particularly types of cancer that affect the colon liver
and pancreas ultimately and not to sound like a broken record while these studies
appear to be promising we should also bear in mind that more
research will be necessary in order to fully determine the effectiveness of
dandelion based extracts to combat cancer last but certainly not least some
research has indicated that dandelion may be able to fight off disease by
providing a beneficial boost to your body’s immune system while research is
unsurprisingly still inconclusive certain properties associated with
dandelions may be useful when it comes to preventing infection by reducing the
ability for viruses to spread through the body as well as protecting against
more harmful types of infectious bacteria as luck would have it it
appears that those weeds you thoughtlessly tossed into your compost
bin may in fact be a lot more valuable than you originally thought while many
of the potential health benefits associated with dandelions are still in
need of further evidence the fact remains that dandelions are a rich and
abundant source of various vitamins minerals antioxidants and dietary fiber
all of which makes this humble plant a surprising source of nutritional value
maybe this is yet another reason why we should never judge a book by the cover
or in this case judge apply it by its leaves okay it’s it’s not an airtight
analogy but hopefully you get where I’m coming from did you find this video
interesting or informative did we manage to change your perception on dandelions
or you still convinced that these yellow flowers are still nothing more than a
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