When we think of dandelion greens, most of us picture a pesky summertime weed on our lawn. And yes, they certainly are that. But did you know they’re also a nutritional powerhouse—and a tasty one, at that?
Dandelion greens are a natural healer, with detoxing properties and loads of nutrients that are known for detoxifying the liver, acting as a diuretic for the body, promoting radiant skin, diminishing bloating, and helping bone health and weight loss.
The fact is greens of the humble dandelion provide 535 percent of the recommended daily value of Vitamin K, which is arguably the most important source of any other plant-based food to strengthen bones. What’s more, it may also play a role in fighting Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuron damage in the brain. Dandelion greens also give the body 112 percent of the daily minimum requirement of vitamin A as an antioxidant carotenoid, which is particularly good for the skin, mucus membranes, and vision.
In Eastern medicine, dandelion greens have traditionally been brewed into a tea or tincture to treat an upset stomach, constipation, and bloating because they have such great diuretic properties.
Still not a die-hard fan? Well, get this: They’re also high in fiber, which helps your body shed waste. And they contain vitamins C and B6, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron, potassium, and manganese, to boot.
A few extremely easy ways to add to your diet:
– Grab a few, wash and dry them as you would lettuce, and add them to your next salad.
– Use dandelion root tea during your next juice cleanse.