There are many reasons to drink dandelion root tea, to be sure. This tea is very popular these days because it contains a variety of healthy nutrients, such as taraxol, taraxerol, taraxasterol, choline, inulin, caffeic acid, pectin, and so on. To put it simply, medicinally it can act as a diuretic, laxative, cholagogue, and more while nutritionally it is rich in protein, fat, carbohydrates, trace elements and vitamins. No wonder dandelion now is mainly grown for culinary, medicinal and ornamental uses in some countries. And the medicinal benefits of dandelion root are mainly shown in the following aspects.
1. Since it contains taraxerol, taraxasterol, and other similar compounds, taking it regularly can naturally balance your hormones. Thus, over time it will make a big difference in fertility, weight, and sleep problems.
2. This is a good diuretic. So, using it often can treat edema, water retention, and bloating by increasing the amount of urine your body makes. But it’s also important to say clearly that so far there’s no compelling scientific evidence for the effect of this herbal remedy.
3. Studies showed that it can help you increase the bone density in the body. That’s to say, if you drink this tea often it will lower the risks of osteoporosis by strengthening bones.
4. It has some bactericidal effect on pneumococcus, meningococcus, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Shigella, and Salmonella typhi. Besides, dandelion root extract can inhibit certain fungi and kill Leptospira and Campylobacter pylori.
5. Sipping the tea regularly can purify the bladder and kidneys since it is able to help them flush out toxins, salts, and retained water by promoting urination. This is why herbalists love to use it to treat a kidney stone or other similar health concerns.
6. It is good for cancer patients. The reason for that is twofold: it cleanses the body to reduce the risk of the formation of cancerous tumor, plus it directly kills cancer cells. What should be pointed out, however, is that currently there is no solid evidence to support this claim.
7. Drinking this tea is considered one of the best ways for a liver cleanse. In fact, this is the most lauded medicinal benefit of dandelion tea. No wonder many herbalists compare dandelion root to milk thistle, a common herbal remedy used to reduce liver injury and fight liver disease. Besides of helping the liver flush out toxins, it still stimulates the production of bile by the liver and keeps your electrolytes in balance in the liver.
8. It promotes lactation. Actually since ancient time it has been used in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to clear blocked milk ducts to produce nature’s perfect baby food. In addition, it treats breast cyst or boil too and the pain relief can be almost instant.
9. Another important medicinal uses of this tea is to treat high blood pressure because it is capable of increasing secretion of urine and improving the body’s ability to get rid of salt. This is why many herbalists and naturopathic practitioners recommend this herbal treatment.
10. It is good for indigestion and constipation. That’s to say, this is a mild laxative. On the one hand, it is rich in vitamins A and C and minerals. On the other hand, it stimulates the production of bile to increase the digestion and absorption capacity of fat and emulsification of food. To make the best of dandelion tea, it is recommended to be consumed in the morning on an empty stomach.
11. As the body’s drainage system, the urinary system plays an important role in removing wastes and extra water. As a common infection, urinary tract infections, or UTIs, typically require antibiotics for treatment. Of course, diuretic teas like dandelion tea can treat and prevent UTIs, especially when it is combined with uva ursi, a traditional folk remedy used by Native Americans for bladder and urinary tract infections.
12. This tea might help reduce any kind of swelling and fight inflammation, according to the result of a few animal studies. The secret behind is the essential fatty acids and phytonutrients contained in the root. This is why doctor often uses it in the treatment of joint pains and eczema.
And that is not all. Drinking dandelion root tea may offer more health benefits, such as weight loss, acne removal, metastasis prevention, diabetes treatment, and so on. One thing that you should know though is that some are yet to be proved.