The Lies about Dandelions 

Forget the thought that dandelions are just ugly weeds taking space in your beautifully groomed lawn. We are so often told to use weed killer on plants like dandelion, as they grow quickly & can take over a yard space. However, did you know that every part of the dandelion plant is medicinal? From the leaves to the flowers & even the root system, dandelions have been used for centuries to remedy many different ailments & illnesses. 

Dandelions contain large amounts of A, B, C, & D vitamins, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, & zinc. Historically, dandelion roots & leaves were used to treat liver related problems, kidney disease, skin issues, heartburn, & upset stomach. In ancient Chinese medicine, dandelion has been used to help stomach problems, appendicitis, & lactation issues. In Europe, dandelion was used in remedies such as fever, boils, eye irritation, diabetes & diarrhea. 

Today, we typically use dandelion for its great benefits to the liver, the gallbladder, & kidney function, as well as its use as a diuretic. The dandelion flower itself contains antioxidant properties & has been shown to improve the immune system. 

Dandelion’s Anti-Cancer Qualities

Dandelion root extracts (DRE) have been a favorite in alternate circles to aide in liver detoxification, increase cellular health, & help with cancer. A recent study demonstrated that DRE has the potential to induce apoptosis (natural cell death) & autophagy (clean up unwanted material around cancer) in human pancreatic cancer cells with no significant effect on noncancerous cells. Dandelion is truly a miraculous herb! 

You can find dandelion herbs & roots in many products on the shelves today & in a variety of forms, including tinctures, liquid extracts, teas, tablets, & capsules. We always recommend consulting with your doctor about determining dosage. 

Dr. Conners’ favorite dandelion product: Dandelion Root Tincture

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What we use: 

Dandelion Root