Nov 3rd, 2021
DANDELION: AN ANTIOXIDANT SUPERSTAR
If you thought dandelion was just a pesky weed… think again. This plant is actually one of the world's most powerful superfoods. Read on to discover why.
While most people know dandelion best as the weed they can never seem to get rid of, it's actually been used in traditional medicine for generations to help people deal with everything from digestive discomfort to skin conditions.
So what makes dandelion root so special? Here are 5 of the biggest reasons to get more of this powerful plant into your daily routine.
5 Benefits of Dandelion
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#1 Dandelion Is Great For Digestion
Dandelion is packed with bitter plant compounds called triterpenes, sterols, flavonoids and coumarins. These compounds can actually help stimulate the digestive system to boost appetite. Dandelion root also contains prebiotic fiber (the food for the beneficial bacteria in the gut) to smooth digestion and help with constipation and bloating.
#2 Dandelion Supports Metabolism
If you're looking to support a healthy metabolism and kickstart your body's ability to burn fat, then look no further than dandelion. Many of the bitter compounds found in dandelion could help support carbohydrate metabolism and reduce fat absorption. They're also essential for stimulating bile in the liver to support the body's elimination of toxins.
#3 Dandelion Is Rich In Nutrients
The dandelion root, in particular, contains very powerful health-promoting compounds such as:
- Carotenoids - these antioxidants are what produce the vibrant colors of plants and can be converted in the body into Vitamin A, which is important for eye and heart health.
- Inulin - this prebiotic fiber can feed the beneficial bacteria living in your gut to support smoother digestion, reduce cravings, and boost energy.
- Vitamins C, E, and B - these vitamins are absolutely essential for immune support, cell health, hormone production, and much more.
Zinc and copper - these trace elements, which are often lacking from most people's diets, are critical for supporting a strong immune system.
#4 Dandelion Has An Antioxidant Effect
The antioxidants in dandelion can help protect the body from the damage caused by harmful environmental stressors (like air pollution or cigarette smoke). Plus, by supporting healthy, functional cells, dandelion can also support important bodily functions like immunity, energy production, and brain function.
#5 Dandelion Has A Natural Strengthening Effect
The dandelion root is used in folk medicine in states of weakness to get the body going again. No wonder, because dandelion root can help strengthen the kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen, intestines and stomach and also helps the body to eliminate toxins thanks to its antioxidant power.
HOW TO USE DANDELION
Tea is often made from the leaves and flowers. In addition, the leaves can be enjoyed raw or cooked in green salads (similar to spinach). The roasted dandelion root is often used as a tasty, caffeine-free alternative to coffee.
DANDELION ROOT AS A CAFFEINE-FREE COFFEE ALTERNATIVE
Switching from coffee to brewed dandelion root will help you reduce your caffeine intake naturally, as dandelion root is completely caffeine-free. Too much caffeine consumption is linked to increased heart rate, insomnia, anxiety, nausea, and tremors, and more.
That's why we included dandelion root among the 6 powerful ingredients in our new superfood mix SUPER BREW. Together with high-quality organic lupin, Chaga mushrooms, black tea, coconut milk, and sea salt (all organic certified and sustainably sourced), dandelion root forms the backbone of this delicious coffee alternative, which can make the switch from coffee not just easy, but tasty, too!
SUPER BREW MIX
- Only 23mg caffeine per serving
- Provides balanced energy
- Supports calm, steady focus