Dandelion Leaf Tea

What are the good gut benefits of dandelions?


Dandelion is a plant with yellow flowers. Some refer to dandelion as a herb, while others a pesky weed. Native to Eurasia and now widespread through North America, this plant blooms during the spring and fall. When eaten, dandelion gives an earthy and bitter taste, similar to that of endive or radicchio. While many consider this plant a pesky weed, it is actually a great addition to our plant based diets!


Dandelion provides the body with many nutrients and is a great source for vitamins. Dandelion is a great source for inulin, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and Folate. Inulin in dandelion is a prebiotic fiber that is great for #GoodGut health; one cup of Dandelion greens contains 3 grams of fiber. Dandelion may help to increase intestinal movement, reduce constipation, and promote the growth of good gut bacteria.


Dandelion is also good for our gut as it possesses anti-inflammatory effects! Dandelion contains a compound known as taraxasterol, which has antioxidant properties that help to reduce inflammation. This compound helps regulate our white blood cells (WBCs) and keeps the WBCs from triggering inflammation. By preventing inflammation from occurring, it can help to alleviate symptoms of IBD, such as abdominal pain or diarrhea!


Ways to eat it

  • Leaves can be added into salads or sandwiches

  • Roots can be used as a coffee substitute

Recipe: Dandelion Leaf Tea















Ingredients (Makes 4 Servings):

  • 1 tsp dandelion leaves, dried

  • 1 cup water, boiled

  • 1 lime, sliced

Directions:

  1. Add dried dandelion leaves in a cup

  2. Pour boiling water over the leaves in a cup

  3. Let it steep for 10 minutes

  4. Serve the tea with a slice of lime

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References


Gunnars, K. (2018, May 23). Why Is Fiber Good for You? The Crunchy Truth. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/why-is-fiber-good-for-you

Brennan, D. (2020, September 19). Is Dandelion Tea Good for You? Pros and Cons, Nutrition

Information, and More. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/diet/dandelion-tea-is-it-good-for-you#1.

Recipe: Narwani, K. (2020, July 13). How to Make Dandelion Tea. Organic Facts.

https://www.organicfacts.net/recipe/dandelion-tea.

Hill, A. (2018, July 18). 13 Potential Health Benefits of Dandelion. Healthline.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dandelion-benefits.

Mount Sinai. (n.d.). Dandelion. Mount Sinai Health System.

https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/dandelion.

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