A well-known plant in the world of medicinal plants is dandelion. Its effects have been studied and evaluated by many agencies and scientific trials.
The properties of dandelion they have been known for many years, as many of their components, such as caféic acid, have been studied at length.
In this article we intend to summarize the main properties of dandelion and the forms you have of its consumption, either through infusions and preparations or through capsules, something more comfortable for those who have little time.
His scientific name is Taraxacum officinale, and it is also known as meacamas (later we will understand why) or bitter chicory.
It belongs to the asteraceae family (Asteraceae), and to this day has overcome the barrier in which it was classified as weed. In fact, we can see it in a multitude of Michelin-starred dishes in the most privileged and consecrated restaurants in the world.
Properties of dandelion
- Sesquiterpenlactones (anti-inflammatory effects)
- Phenylpropanoids (anti-inflammatory effects)
- Triterpenoid saponins
- Inulin (present at the root)
Nutritionally, dandelion is very well regarded, because it contains a high concentration of vitamin A and C, and minerals such as iron and calcium, above many vegetables and legumes.
Both the high concentration of potassium and the high vitamin levels means that the properties of dandelion have been studied in Japan and it has been concluded that it may have antitumor activity.
The use of compresses or gauze with dandelion infusion has anti-inflammatory activity, reducing pain caused by wounds and blows to muscles and joints.
This is due to the concentration of essential fatty acids and antioxidant compounds (beta-carotene) that exert a reducing and blocking action of those patterns that cause tissue inflammation.
Dandelion has iron concentrations that exceed those of many legumes and vegetables, such as chard. Therefore, the intake of dandelion infusions or capsules as a supplement help increase the levels of this mineral in our body
Recognized diuretic action
One of the most recognized properties of dandelion is its great diuretic effect. Known as meacamas plant, its active ingredients accelerate the release of retained liquids, eliminates toxins and acts as a purifying plant.
Inulin, an active ingredient present in the root of dandelion, intervenes in the balance of the intestinal microbiota, activating it and favoring its growth.
Due to its characteristics, it crosses the stomach almost without degrading, reaching the intestine in its total composition if it has been degraded. This facilitates the work of microorganisms present in the intestine (lactobacilli and bifidobacteria) and favors their growth and settlement.
It is considered a dietary fiber, so among the properties of dandelion is the improvement of intestinal transit.
How to prepare a dandelion infusion
The parts of the plant normally used are the leaves and the root.
Of the leaves, it is advisable not to use much quantity, since they are very bitter and can harm the taste of the infusion. The roots contain a high amount of inulin, the compound that favors the elimination of liquids and improves intestinal transit.
Wash the parts to be used with water and add them to the water just before boiling. Turn off the heat and let the temperature drop until you can take it.
To prepare the infusion of l tootheon, add 2 tablespoons of coffee extract powder for each cup of water (200-250 ml).
Buy dandelion capsules
These properties of dandelion can also be consumed, more comfortably, by capsules.
They are pure extracts of this medicinal plant, highly concentrated, belonging to the ground root. In addition, it carries other natural additives to improve its quality, such as silicon dioxide and magnesium stearate.
The capsule that stores the powder is usually made up of plant elements (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose).
How to use:
It is advisable to take 2 capsules in the morning, in a glass of water and before breakfast, and 2 capsules in the afternoon, after dinner.
Follow the instructions on the label of each product, as the concentrations and properties of dandelion may vary.
|Dandelion total concentrated root|
Caffeic acid 0.3%
Dandelion contains large concentrations of oxalates, which are what generate kidney stones. Although among the properties of dandelion is the diuretic action, it is necessary to consult with a medical specialist to evaluate its adverse effects.
By your action gastric juice stimulant, is not recommended in patients with digestive problems, gastric ulcers and other derived problems.
Those allergic to plants of the asteraceae family are not recommended for consumption (both in infusion and in pills).
It is necessary to consult with a specialist if you are taking medications, to evaluate possible interactions.
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