Dandelion, which literally translates into “lion’s tooth” in French, is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It's a good source of complex vitamins B, trace minerals, organic sodium, and some vitamin D. Dandelion also contains more protein, than widely known spinach and detoxifiers which explains its common inclusion in medicines. Dandelions contain 10 percent daily value of Calcium which is stored in the structure of the bones and teeth. It’s used for nerve transmission, blood clotting, hormone secretion and muscle contraction. Dandelion is good digestive aid, It can increase the release of stomach acid and bile to aid digestion, especially of fats. The health benefits of dandelion include relief from liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance. It also increases the release of bile. Consuming Dandelion helps diabetics by control level of lipids and stimulate production of insulin to control blood sugar level. Dandelion contains essential fatty acids, and phytonutrients that all reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can relieve pain and swelling. Antioxidants present in dandelion helps to fight free radicals, prevents cell damages leading to cancer. Vitamin A plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological function, healthy skin and is an antioxidant, it has the power to reduce inflammation by fighting free radicals. Just one cup of dandelion greens has over 100 percent of the daily value of vitamin A. Having diuretic properties Dandelion helps the kidneys clear out waste, salt, and excess water by increasing urine production. It also helps in maintaining bone health, skin care and is a benefit to weight loss programs. The leaves are used to stimulate the appetite and help digestion and this way fight anemia. Dandelion flower has antioxidant properties. Dandelion may also help improve the immune system. Herbalists use dandelion root to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, and dandelion leaves to help kidney function.
It’s safe (and healthy) to eat an entire dandelion. The stem or floret can be eaten raw, boiled or infused into tea. One average cup of dandelion greens contains roughly: 25 calories, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 42 milligrams of sodium, 218 milligrams of potassium, 7% dietary fiber, 535% vitamin K, 111% vitamin A, 32% vitamin C, 5% vitamin B6, 10% calcium, 9% iron, 5% magnesium.
These and other health benefits are currently being studied for complete validation by a number of international institutions.
If you are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, or iodine, you should avoid dandelion.