Dandelion…A Cancer Fighter?
Dandelions are perennial, herbaceous and tap-rooted plants present in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including the United States. It is one of the most common herbs that grows wild in moderate climates all over the world. The leaves and roots of dandelions have been used in herbal medicine for centuries to treat anemia, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression. The entire dandelion is considered to be edible, from the flowers to the roots. Dandelion tea can be prepared from the roots or the yellow flowers of the dandelion weed.
Dandelion Nutrition Value
It is a very rich source of beta-carotene, as well of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. Dandelion tea also provides B-complex vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B6, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even some vitamin D too. It contains natural sodium, which fulfills the deficiency of nutritive salts, and detoxes the body, purifies the blood. It is an excellent source of antioxidants which prevents free radicals from damaging the body.
Dandelion Root Tea Recipe
Dandelion tea is very delicious and nutritious with a refreshing taste, when prepared, sweeteners like honey can be added.
-1 tbsp. *roasted dandelion root
-1/2 tsp. *minced, fresh ginger
-1 cardamom seed
-12 oz. Water
-Honey to taste
-Combine all ingredients except honey and bring it to a boil.
-Continue boiling for five to ten minutes.
-Strain, add honey and serve.
Disease Fighting Properties of Dandelion Tea
Controls Blood Sugar Spikes
Dandelion tea or juice benefits diabetics by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas and maintaining low blood sugar levels. Dandelion contains a substance known as alpha-glucosidase, which controls blood sugar spikes. Fibers in dandelions lower cholesterol, which is beneficial to diabetes. The diuretic effect of dandelion tea is also thought to remove excess sugar in the body.
Kill Cancer Cells
Dandelion root is also praised for its anti-cancer potential. It may slow cancer’s growth and prevent it from spreading. Dandelion leaves are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, therefore very useful for fighting cancer. A study found that dandelion root extract could kill melanoma cells without destroying non-cancerous cells. Another study showed that it had this similar effect on pancreatic cancer cells. Dandelion greens also contain antioxidants such as vitamins A and C, which can help fight cancer.