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Dandelion tea is a known detox and liver tonic. Herbalists and naturopaths recommend regular use of a dandelion root decoction for the plant’s multiple health benefits.
Dandelion herb is rich in phytochemicals, supporting antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Dandelion tea is a recognized detox aid. Dandelion root decoction has benefits supporting the healthy functioning of organs such as the liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidney, and stomach.
The top 5 potential health benefits of dandelion root tea:
1. Dandelion tea is highly nutritious
Dandelion is highly nutritious, offering benefits of vitamins, minerals and fiber important for daily metabolism. Dandelion root contains high amounts of inulin, a soluble fiber . This prebiotic(food for gut microbes)supports growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in the intestinal tract. Good concentration of gut probiotics is essential for a healthy digestive system and for avoiding gastrointestinal disturbances such as diarrhoea, constipation, acidity and bloating. Probiotics also provide benefits of elevating the mood, thus taking dandelion root tea beyond a simple detox aid to being a nourishing mood elevator.
2. Dandelion tea contains potent antioxidants
Our body produces free radicals daily as a part of normal metabolism. Too many free radicals can contribute to development of diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and in accelerated aging. Antioxidants that neutralise these free radicals are there for eessential for good health. Antioxidants also inhibit the chain reaction of free radical formation and help boost our immune system. Dandelion root contains high levels of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which provides a natural detox and strong protection against cellular damage as seen in macular degeneration and oxidative stress.
3. Dandelion tea may help fight inflammation
Inflammation occurs as a natural response to injury or illness. Over time, this can permanently damage the body’s tissues and DNA. Inflammation is common in obesity, diabetes mellitus, arthritis and in liver conditions such ashepatitis. Dandelion tea, rich in bio active compounds (polyphenols), offers detox benefits of effectively reducing inflammation.
4. Dandelion tea benefits in lowering blood pressure
Adequate levels of potassium in the blood has benefits of helping control high blood pressure. Dandelion root contains potassium, which benefits in stabilizing blood pressure. Potassium from dandelion tea helps ease tension in blood vessel walls and increases the elimination of sodium through urine. Dandelion root tea, rich in potassium, benefits adults with high blood pressure
5. Dandelion tea benefits liver health
Dandelion root is a traditional “liver tonic”. Preliminary studies suggest dandelion root can increase bile flow. Dandelion root tea offers benefits of helping detoxify the liver, combating skin and eye problems, and relieving symptoms of existing liver disease. A 2017 study suggests that polysaccharides in dandelion root may support liver function. Dandelion root tea offers detox benefits for persons with sluggish liver function, being hepato protective and stimulating digestion, appetite, and immunity.
Brewing Dandelion tea:
To make dandelion tea, soak a teaspoon of dandelion root in 300 ml water. After pre-soaking, heat to a boil, then lower heat until decoction reduces to 150 ml. Strain and serve hot or cold, up to thrice daily for an effective home detox.
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