Dandelion extract and its health benefits
The Western medicine didn’t consider dandelions a natural medicine; we viewed dandelions to be more a type of weed. However, dandelion extract have amazing health benefits on the human health, as the ancient Eastern medicine proves it, but Western medicine only recently decided to explore its advantages. The Asian people have been using dandelion for centuries, both externally and internally for different health problems such as: appendicitis, breast problems (especially in breastfeeding mothers) and digestive problems. We are glad to announce that the Western medicine is ready to study dandelions for their health values.
In 2009, Germany decided to complete a study around dandelions, and this is the most recent study around this plant. The results of this study have shown up that dandelion extracts are ideal for “… anorexia, dyspepsia, and biliary abnormalities,” (Garner-Wizard 2009). Indigestion and biliary abnormalities (bile duct problems, in general) can be treated with dandelions. The bile is one of the most essential fluids in the digestion process. It is secreted in the liver and gallbladder, and it emulsifies all the fats necessary for digestion. The study showed that dandelion extract is able to increase the bile-flow by 3-4 times.
Another health benefit of dandelion extract is being a highly effective diuretic. Another case study on 24 people revealed that it can be an amazing pain killer, for the pains associated with chronic colitis; also to normalize the intestinal tract for a normal stool. The anti-cancer abilities of dandelions are furthermore backed up by elevating or lowering the liver enzymes in patients suffering from hepatitis B. There isn’t a single Western drug that can do as much good for these patients.
What Can Dandelion Extract Do For Me?
Every medicine (natural or chemical based) has an active substance. The active substances in dandelion are: sesquiterpene lactones, inulin, phenylpropanoids, triterpenoid saponins, polysaccherides. Sesquiterpene lactones are found in numerous plant species and are believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Phenylpropanoids appear to have inflammation-modulating properties, while triterpenoid saponins are adaptogenic (combat stress), a property of many Chinese herbs. The polysaccherides present in dandelion may have positive effects on the immune system, as polysaccherides in general are. Inulin is a strong dietary fiber, which we all know how highly effective is for any kind of intestinal problem. Recent studies conducted around dandelions have proven how diabetic sufferers are amazingly beneficial for people suffering from diabetes. The results haven’t showed up yet, but the same study tries to normalize the AGE’s or advanced gycation endproducts, harmful chemicals produced by those with high blood sugar levels.
Dandelion extract are also highly effective; since they have been labeled as GRAS – Generally Recognized as Safe – but only used in health supplements and special foods (you can ingest as much as 50 grams of root and leaf). It is advisable to talk to a doctor before deciding to take any kind of supplement, so you should do the same with the ones made from dandelions. In many urban areas, dandelions are sprayed with herbicides, and you should avoid using the plant harvested from these parts of the country.