Dandelion leaves beneficial properties
For centuries, people use the common weed dandelion (Tarazacum officinale) in folk medicine, and quite active.
Native Americans used a decoction of the plant for the treatment of skin diseases, heartburn, abdominal pain and constipation, and also for power charging.
In Ancient China with this vegetable raw materials increased the body’s defenses against infections of the upper respiratory tract, bronchitis, pneumonia, and mastitis. Today, Chinese herbalists recommend dandelion when stomach problems, appendicitis, inflammation and during lactation.
In the X century Arab physicians attributed their patients dandelion as a laxative, diuretic and tonic for the liver remedy.
Modern medicine confirms the beneficial properties of various parts of a plant, including leaves, from which it is possible to prepare aromatic tea. The beneficial properties of this drink today and we’ll talk.
Leaf extract dandelion for the kidneys
Clinical study published in the Journal of alternative and complementary medicine” in August 2009, shows that dandelion leaves contain diuretic substances that promote the formation of urine and strengthen the health of the kidneys.
Researchers tested the effect of extract of dandelion to urinate in 17 healthy people. Receiving 2 doses within 24 hours resulted in increased frequency of urination and amount of urine.
Yet to say exactly what substance is responsible for this effect, the scientists are not ready. But it is believed that the reason high potassium content in the leaves of the dandelion: 218 g 1 bowl of fresh greens.
Incidentally, the leaves of dandelion can be used in the same way as lettuce. They contain vitamins A, B, C and D, iron, potassium and zinc.
Anticancer properties of dandelion leaves
Very promising experiments in vitro confirm the strong anti-cancer properties of dandelion leaves. Although clinical trials in volunteers have not been conducted.
In the leaves found a special connection – Tarakanova acid, which in the laboratory were able to stop the growth of cultured leukemia cells and even to convert them into harmless, non-cancerous form. This is described in detail in “Biological and pharmaceutical Bulletin (November 2002).
The results of another study, released in January 2004 in the “Natural Sciences” are: dandelion extract causes cancer cells to the liver the formation of compounds that reduce the survival rate of malignant structures.
The antioxidants in the leaves of dandelion
On the background of ascorbic acid (perhaps the most well-known antioxidant) the set of substances in the leaves of the dandelion, which destroy free radicals that looks more original.
In this case, the tone is set by three plant antioxidant: luteolin, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid.
“Journal of medicinal food” in 2012 published an interesting article. According to its content, the animals treated with extract of dandelion along with high doses of acetaminophen (paracetamol), were significantly better protected against liver damage, compared with the placebo group.
Recipe of tea from dandelion leaves
Dried dandelion leaves you can find in your local pharmacy, but fresh is better to collect yourself. But do not try to do it in an industrial area. The harm from such product will be much more than good.
To prepare dandelion tea pour hot water about 1 teaspoon of dried leaves in ¼ Cup and steep for five to ten minutes.
Similar useful properties the extract from the leaves of a dandelion. It is sold in powder or alcohol tincture. Just add 500 mg of powder or 30 to 60 drops of tincture in hot water, and tea is ready.
To drink this tea is recommended up to 3 times a day, if you are allergic (manifests as a skin rash) on the dandelions.
Tea with leaves of dandelion can interact with certain drugs, including diuretics and diabetic medications. Be sure to ask permission from your doctor, especially if you have kidney or gallbladder.