Dandelion ( Taraxacum officinale ) is among the herbs in which each individual part of the plant has a broad pharmacological interest. Both the root and the flower of the dandelion contain bioactive substances that help deal with various health problems.
The dandelion flower is collected and dried for tea or consumed raw. It has a slightly bitter taste.
The dandelion roots are usually roasted and crushed into powder, used to prepare infusions and compresses.
Almost all of the herb contains high doses of vitamins A, C and K, as well as trace elements iron, calcium and manganese. Along with the different routes of application, however, the root and flower of dandelion also differ in health benefits.
Flower of dandelion – basic applications
The flower of dandelion are among the most natural sources of vitamin A. This vitamin is thermostable – it retains its activity after heat treatment. Thus, dandelion infusions are very effective in several ways:
Eye health – By providing high doses of vitamin A, the color of the tartar protects against some of the most common visual illnesses – macular degeneration , pigment retinitis, etc .;
More successful drainage of water – Dandelion flowers have a distinctive diuretic effect , ie. assist the discharge of water from the body . Thus, they are reassured when abdominal swelling, tendency to fluid retention, difficulty urinating, etc .;
Detoxification – the diuretic effect of dandelion flowers helps purify the liver from its accumulated toxins;
Reducing triglycerides – Dandelion flowers inhibit the activity of the lipase enzyme that promotes the breakdown of fats in the intestinal tract. This reduces the amount of triglycerides that pass through the blood . The effect is very positive in people with cholesterol problems and lipid profile of blood.
Root of Dandelion – Applications
The root of dandelion is richer in antioxidants than its colors – especially vitamin C. This is why it is used more widely to ensure the protection of the body from free radicals . In addition, the dandelion root also applies to:
Cancer prevention – Two independent studies have shown that dandelion root extracts successfully neutralize cancer cells in skin or colon cancer. There is also evidence of a positive effect on prostate carcinoma and breast cancer;
Reducing cholesterol – The dandelion root helps to reduce total and bad cholesterol and, at the same time, to increase the so- good cholesterol . Therefore, potions of it are recommended as an adjunct to the diet of any person with cholesterol problems;
Combating bacterial infections – studies have shown that the dandelion root has a bactericidal effect. The highest efficacy was observed in complementary treatment of staph infections ;
The flower and root of the dandelion offer complementary benefits to overcome various health problems. So the herb deserves special attention with its complex effect and wide range of action.