Dandelion Greens are super rich in many micronutrients. Things like copper, zinc, boron, cobalt as well as Vitamin D! Those of us in the over 50 crowd especially need more Vitamin D!! It also has Vitamin A which is very key in fighting cancers of epithelial tissue, including mouth and lungs! It is also rich in potassium in balance with magnesium. This is a real help in keeping blood pressure down.
In turn that reduces the risk of strokes.
It is high in fiber as all greens, fruits and veggies are. This helps fight diabetes or keep it under control if you already have it. It helps lower cholesterol which for a diabetic or anyone at risk of heart disease is crucial! Fiber also reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease!
Dandelion greens assist in weight loss. The way this happens is that high fiber veggies, like dandelion greens, take up lots of room, are low in calories and slow down our digestion so food stays in the stomach longer and you feel full longer! Dandelion greens are also rich in calcium which can help with blood pressure and help build strong bones.
Some of the natural chemicals found in dandelion green which have very good effects on our bodies are:
Inulin, which converts to fructose in the presence of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Fructose forms glycogen in the liver without requiring insulin, resulting in a slower blood sugar rise, which is very good for diabetics and hypoglycemics, both!
Also Tof-CFr, a glucose polymer similar to lentinan, which the Japanese researchers have found to act against cancer cells in laboratory mice; Lentinan is a yeast glucan (glucose polymer) that increases resistance against protozoal and viral infections. So it is somewhat of a natural antibiotic!
Also pectin, which is anti-dirrheal and also forms ionic complexes with metal ions, which probably contributes to dandelion’s reputation as a blood gastrointestinal detoxifying herb. Pectin can lower cholesterol and if combined with Vitamin C can lower it even more. Dandelions are a good source of both pectin and Vitamin C!!
Also Coumestrol, an estrogen mimic which is possible responsible, at least in part, for stimulating milk flow and altering hormones for the better after the birth of a baby!
Apigenin and Luteollin which have diuretic properties, anti-spasmodic, antioxidant and liver protecting actions and properties, and also strengthens heart and blood vessels. They also have anti-bacterial and anti-hypoglycemic properties.
Gallic Acid is also a micronutrient in dandelion greens, which is anti-diarrheal and anti-bacterial.
Linoleic and Linolenic Acid help in inflammation of arthritis, regulates blood pressure and prevents platelet aggregation.
Choline, which helps memory.
Several Sesquiterpene compounds which make the dandelions bitter actually are a tonic in the aid of digestion, also aids the liver, spleen and gall bladder, and are also highly anti-fungal.
Dandelion Greens contain several Triterpenes, which may contribute to bile or liver simulation;
Many of these chemicals are in other plants, they are not unique to the Dandelion, but the combination of them all in one plant are what is unique.
So, imagine your doctor tells you, on your next visit, that he has just discovered a miracle drug which, when eaten as a part of your daily diet or taken as a beverage, could, depending on the peculiarities of your body chemistry: prevent or cure liver diseases, act as a tonic and gentle diuretic to purify your blood, cleanse you system, dissolve kidney stones, and otherwise improve gastro-intestinal health; assist in weight reduction; cleanse your skin and eliminate acne; improve your bowel function, working equally well to relieve constipation and diarrhea; prevent or lower high blood pressure; prevent or cure anemia; lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half; eliminate or drastically reduce acid indigestion and gas buildup by cutting the heaviness of fatty foods; prevent or cure various forms of cancer; prevent or control diabetes mellitus; and at the same time, have no negative side effects and selectively act on only what ails you. If he gave you a prescription for this miracle medicine, would you use it religiously at first to solve whatever the problem is and then consistently for preventative body maintenance?
Would you? If the answer is yes, make dandelion greens regular part of your diet. I put them in green smoothies! Here is the funny part. I buy them at Whole Foods everytime they have them there. Did you ever see yourself actually paying money for something that grows in your yard that you consider a hindrance to your beautiful lawn? Well, never say never, because our great grandmothers really knew something we don’t know. DANDELION GREENS are super good for you!