Organic Dandelion Root
Found in our product: Acne & Beyond
Native to Eurasia and North America.
Dandelion greens benefit both the urinary tract and liver, while the root works primarily on the liver.
In a study published in the journal Molecules, researchers found that animals given dandelion had a reduction in fatigue and a boost in immunity.
Its root has been traditionally used in the treatment of liver disorders like jaundice. Increasing amounts of research support this use. Some health professionals recommend dandelion for people taking antidepressant medications, since these drugs can impede the liver’s detoxification pathways. Research in the Journal of Medicinal Food shows that dandelion also helps protect the liver against damage from other drugs, including painkillers like acetaminophen.
Dandelion contains a substance known as alpha-glucosidase, which is nature’s blood-sugar reducer. It has been used for many years to treat diabetes. People with diabetes should work with a physician to monitor their blood sugar levels, because dandelion is so effective that it frequently helps people reduce their medications.
When it comes to weight loss, it is virtually unmatched, in large part due to its effects on the liver. Dandelion root boosts liver function and increases the rate of fat metabolism in two ways: It stimulates the liver to produce more bile to send to the gallbladder, which helps burn fat. Secondly, it causes the gallbladder to contract and release its stored bile, further increasing fat metabolism. Not only can dandelion root and leaf stimulate the liver to burn fat, it can also help reset our hormone balance, so we stop storing as much fat, heal our cells to increase our energy levels and speed up our metabolism so that weight melts off.
According to a study published in the journal Molecular Carcinogenesis, one of the ways that dandelion root seems to fight cancer is by making tumor cells more susceptible to the natural process known as apoptosis, which causes cells to essentially commit suicide. This study also found that dandelion root seems to increase the effectiveness of other cancer treatments used alongside it.
In a study published in Advances in Hematology, researchers found that dandelion significantly increased both red and white blood cell counts, making it a possible aid in the treatment of anemia, blood purification, and immune system modulation.
Recently researchers have added the role of superbug killer to the dandelion’s impressive health-boosting résumé, showing it to be effective against the bacteria E. coli, Bacillus subtilis, and MRSA.
Dandelion root is a powerful diuretic, which means that it increases the production of urine. Increased urination helps flush out bladder bacteria, making dandelion root valuable in the treatment of bladder infections.