Those little yellow flowers have a lot of benefits!
Commonly used in folk medicine, dandelions aren’t technically weeds, but they grow in most of our yards. They can be made into two different beverages: an infusion made of the plant’s leaves or another made of roasted dandelion roots –they are safe as long as you haven’t sprayed your yard with herbicides or pesticides. Here are some of its benefits!
It is a caffeine-free coffee substitute
Dandelion mixed with chicory root can mimic the texture of real coffee –caffeine-free!
It helps cognitive function
Although it does not contain caffeine, tea made with dandelion has lecithin –a good source of choline that converts to acetylcholine in the brain which helps in cognitive function and memory retention.
It supports a healthy gut
It is rich in fibers and prebiotics which fuel digestive cells.
It contains vitamin A
Vitamin A helps support vision, supports the liver, and helps immunity –and dandelion tea is one of the richest plant-based sources of vitamin A.
It’s packed with antioxidants
Greens, roots, flowers, and all of the plant are full of vitamins A, C, and K. These vitamins lower inflammation and neutralize free radicals, so drinking its tea is a fast way of including your daily dose of antioxidants.
It reduces water weight and provides relief
It provides relief if you are feeling bloated as it acts as a diuretic. On the other hand, dandelion tea also helps relieve constipation and gas as it increases bile production from the liver and adds water to the digestive system.
Controls blood sugar levels
It is an anti-diabetic plant because of its anti-hyperglycemic, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties.