Dandelion herb health benefits
Fresh dandelion greens,
flower tops, and roots contain
valuable constituents that are known to have anti-oxidant, disease
preventing, and health promoting properties.
leaves are very low in calories; providing just 45 calories per 100
g. It is also good source of dietary fiber (provide about 9%
RDA per 100 g). In addition, its latex is a good
active principles in the herb help reduce weight and control
cholesterol levels in the blood.
Dandelion root as well as
other plant parts contains
bitter crystalline compounds Taraxacin,
and an acrid resin,
Taraxacerin. Further, the
root also contains inulin
(not insulin) and levulin.
Together, these compounds are responsible for various therapeutic
properties of the herb.
Fresh dandelion herb
vitamin-A per 100 g, about 338% of
daily-recommended intake, one of the highest source of
culinary herbs. Vitamin
A is an
important fat-soluble vitamin and anti-oxidant, required for
maintaining healthy mucus membranes
and skin and vision.
leaves are packed with numerous health benefiting flavonoids such as
carotene-α, lutein, crypto-xanthin and
zea-xanthn. Consumption of
in vitamin-A and flavonoids (carotenes) helps body protect from lung
and oral cavity cancers. Zeaxanthin has photo-filtering functions and
protects retina from UV rays.
The herb is good source
minerals like potassium,
calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.
Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, which
helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red
cell production. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the
antioxidant enzyme, superoxide
It is also rich in many
vitamins including folic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine, niacin, vitamin
-E and vitamin-C that are essential for optimum health. Vitamin-C is
a powerful natural antioxidant. Dandelion greens provide 58% of
daily-recommended levels of vitamin-C.
is probably the
sources of vitamin
provides about 650% of DRI. Vitamin-K has
potential role in bone mass building by promoting osteotrophic
activity in the bones. It also has established role in the treatment of
disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.
This humble backyard herb provides (%of RDA/100g)-
9% of dietary fiber,
19% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine),
20% of Riboflavin,
58% of vitamin C,
338% of vitamin A,
649% of vitamin K,
39% of iron and
19% of calcium.