The powerful effects of dandelion made it popular with our ancestors. In the 19th century, dandelion root was first used by English apothecaries as an additive to coffee. Soon, however, it became so popular that people used it to make teas and coffee substitutes. Nevertheless, it took a while for dandelion to make the leap from annoying weed to superfood. A look at the health benefits shows why you should enjoy it, too!
Top 5 health benefits of dandelion
1. Dandelion is good for digestion
Dandelion contains rarely found bitter compounds called triterpenes, sterols, flavonoids and coumarins. These compounds can stimulate the digestive system and therefore also can help to improve appetite. Taking the root is also said to help with digestive complaints such as flatulence and heartburn.
2. Dandelion can support the metabolism
The bitter substances contained in the root stimulate the bile in the liver and thus also improve fat metabolism. The increased bile flow supports the elimination of toxins from the liver and the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
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 lacking from most people's diets, are critical for supporting a strong immune system.
4. Dandelion has an antioxidant effect
The antioxidants contained in dandelion, such as vitamin C, protect the body's cells from free radicals caused by negative environmental influences. Healthy cells are essential for the optimal functioning of various body systems, including the immune system.
5. Dandelion has a natural strenghtening effect
The dandelion root is considered a true tonic and is used in folk medicine in states of weakness to get the body going again. No wonder, because dandelion root strengthens 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 an 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 can cause increased heart rate, insomnia, anxiety, nausea, and tremors, among other things.
Dandelion root is one of the 6 ingredients in the superfood mix SUPER BREW. Together with high-quality organic lupins, chaga mushrooms, black tea, coconut milk and sea salt, you can make the switch from coffee quite enjoyable. The L-theanine found in black tea can also give you a cognitive boost - with 75% less caffeine!