Updated: Sep 1
10 Potential Health Benefits of Drinking Dandelion Root Tea
Dandelion tea has been traditionally used in alternative medicine. Dandelion tea is made up from the root and leaves. The root is used to treat liver and gallbladder issues and the leaves are a natural diuretic.
10 Health Benefits of Dandelion Tea
TIP: Consider discussing with your health care provider before you go drink dandelion tea for medicinal purposes.
Has diuretic properties, causing decrease in body fluid (water weight)
2. Full of Vitamins & Minerals:
Vitamin K: 184% Daily Value (DV)
Vitamin C: 11% DV
Vitamin E: 7% DV
Vitamin A: 16% DV
Calcium: 4% DV
Iron: 5% DV
Potassium: 2% DV
Magnesium: 2% DV
Zinc: 1% DV
3. Lowers Blood Sugar
Dandelions contain a substance called fructo-oligosaccharides that can stabilize blood sugar levels, per an August 2016 review published in The Review of Diabetic Studies. Dandelion also has anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Linked to Improved Liver Function
Dandelion tea may help your liver perform one of its main jobs — getting toxins out of your body better.
dandelions are listed as a plant with protective effects for the liver in a June 2015 article in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
5. Full of Antioxidants
Dandelion is a particularly rich source of beta-carotene, on level with carrots, per the August 2016 review in The Review of Diabetic Studies. Beta-carotene helps your body make vitamin A, per the University of Rochester Health - it's an anti-oxidant.
Antioxidants fight free radicals and help maintain cell health, per the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
6. Has Potential Anti-Cancer Properties
Dandelion root extract blocked the invasion of breast cancer cells and dandelion leaf extract blocked prostate cancer cells in a May 2008 study conducted in a lab, published in the International Journal of Oncology. This gives some indication that dandelion root might play a role in preventing prostate or breast cancer cell growth.
7. May Aid Digestion
Eating them spurs your body to produce more saliva, stomach acid and digestive enzymes.
It may also act as a laxative, which is helpful if you're experiencing constipation.
8. Possibly Reduces UTI Frequency
9. Linked to Help Regulate Cholesterol
In some studies, dandelion helped lower total cholesterol while increasing HDL (the "good") cholesterol.
10. Potentially Fights Inflammation
Chronic inflammation — aka persistent, low-grade inflammation — is more problematic, and associated with heart disease, diabetes, dementia, depression, cancer and arthritis, per Harvard Health Publishing.
Dandelions may boast anti-inflammatory activity, per a September 2012 review in Nutrition Reviews.
Fall is coming so grab a book, a comfy blanket & a warm cup of dandelion tea.
HOW TO MAKE DANDELION TEA
Add 1 to 2.5 teaspoons (4 to 10 grams) of dried dandelion leaves or 0.5 to 2 teaspoons (2 to 8 grams) of dandelion root to a cup.
Pour over 1/2 to 1 cup water.
Steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
Strain out the dandelion.