Did you know: Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)



Even though Dandelion is lawn enemy #1 it is a nutritious food source that is high in potassium, has anti-cancerous effects, vitamins A,C,D, and B, amongst many other vitamins and minerals. It has a rich folkloric history and is rumored that if you blow on the flower the number of seeds remaining is said to be the time of day.

Dandelion is a potassium sparring diuretic – meaning it increases your urinary output, without sacrificing your potassium levels, like many other diuretics. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “Increasing urine production dandelion could help rid your body of excess fluid, reduce high blood pressure and improve liver problems.”

The plant has strong anti-cancerous components. Biochemist and Professor Siyaram Pandey et al., published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, on the efficacy of dandelion root as an anti-cancer drug for the, persistently chemo-resistant melanoma; by leading the cancer cells to commit suicide (apoptosis). Researchers found, “In this study of human melanoma cells, we show that Dandelion Root Extract (DRE) is more than a worthy chemo preventative, it is fast-acting, nontoxic, and therefore specific in its targeting of human melanoma cancer cells, making it a valuable chemotherapeutic.” (Siyaram, et al)

Dandelion root can be consumed daily as a tea or coffee substitute, tincture, and in food, however, people with gall stones should not consume dandelion. It has many ethnobotanical uses with a steep history in Traditonal Chinese Medicine, from stomach ailments, to supporting the immune system. It is also known through out many cultures as a superior liver tonic. It is used for general detoxification, also to reduce side effects from any medications that are metabolized (processed) by the liver.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


University of Maryland Medical Center: Dandelion

Chatterjee, S. J. et al. “The Efficacy of Dandelion Root Extract in Inducing Apoptosis in Drug-Resistant Human Melanoma Cells.” Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM 2011 (2011): 129045. PMC. Web. 3 Dec. 2014


12 thoughts on “Did you know: Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)

  1. Dandelion is now officially a vegetable in my garden, it gets harvested same as any other. I love the bitter taste, and it’s so nutritious like you mention also.


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