A stubborn weed that packs a nutrition punch!
Dandelions are frequently found in yards and gardens alike around the world. Surprisingly enough, this so-called weed has quite a few health benefits and food uses. It’s a flowering plant with bright yellow leaves and a long green stem. The dandelion’s roots and greens can be cooked and consumed in a variety of ways.
Health Benefits of Dandelion:
Dandelions are most commonly known for their antioxidant profile. Their polyphenols and beta-carotene contribute to quite a few possible health benefits. Dandelion extract has been associated with aiding blood sugar control, reducing inflammation as well as possibly reducing cholesterol levels (1, 2, 3).
Nutrient Breakdown of Dandelion:
*Per 1 cup dandelion greens
- Carbohydrates | 6.7 g
- Vitamin K | 724% DV
- Vitamin A | 144% DV
- Vitamin C | 32% DV
- Calcium | 15% DV
- Fiber | 12% DV
How To Use:
Dandelion can be used in a variety of ways. The greens can be mixed into a salad, blended into a smoothie, or even a juice. The root, as well as the flower, can be dried and ground to be used in a tea.
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Always be sure to check with your physician before deciding to add any natural home-remedies to your diet.