Dandelions…those bright-yellow-flowered plants so often dismissed as weeds are actually some of the most nutritious foods you can consume, and offer lots of health benefits, including using dandelion as a diuretic. So forget about spraying dandelions with weed killer and instead celebrate this ubiquitous plant for its healing properties!
Dandelion Properties + A Lil’ History
The dandelion plant features tons of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B, C and D, and minerals iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. A herbaceous plant, the dandelion has been utilized for centuries as a remedy for water retention and liver disease. It is also contributes to kidney health and purifies the blood. This hardy perennial grows naturally in North America, Asia and Europe.
An active substance called sesquiterpene lactone is thought to be responsible for dandelion’s diuretic properties. As with any diuretic, the dandelion operates by stimulating kidney and liver function, which increases urine flow. Frequent urination is helpful when trying to lose water weight or a few pounds in general. As discussed earlier in this series on diuretics, fat is eliminated through urine, so more trips to the porcelain throne can help with weight loss.
A major perk compared to other diuretics is dandelion does not interfere with potassium levels. Rather, dandelion is a rich source of potassium that restores lost levels of this essential mineral in the body if needed.
Want To Start Taking Dandelion as a Diuretic?
Before you begin this or any other diuretic regimen, it is recommended that you consult a health professional. Recommended use of dandelion for diuretic purposes include taking 500 mg of powdered dandelion root extract three times daily. Additional options include taking dandelion as a tincture and as a decoction. If taking dandelion as a root tincture, take 100 to 150 drops of the liquid three times a day. If taking dandelion as a decoction, add ½ to 2 tsps. of dandelion root to 1 cup of boiling water. Let the mixture boil for five to 10 minutes before straining and drinking the resulting fluid. Drink three cups daily for best results.
Pregnant or nursing women should refrain from taking dandelion tincture, as it is made with alcohol. As with any major changes to your diet, consult a medical professional before you start taking dandelion!
Enjoy the many benefits of dandelion by adding it your daily regimen! Have you tried dandelion already? Leave a comment about your experience!