No, dandelions are not just wild weeds that attack lawns all over America, they’re actually one of the healthiest alkaline plants in the world.
Historically, the dandelion plant was used to clean the blood, aid digestion and prevent gallstones, among other ailments. Dandelion greens provide 535 percent of the recommended daily value of nutrients. In result, the plant helps to strengthen bones and fights Alzheimer’s disease by limiting damage in the brain.
Consuming dandelion greens also give the body 112 percent of the daily recommended antioxidant carotenoid, which is good for mucus membranes, the skin, and the eyes.
The alkaline greens are high in fiber, which helps the body rid waste. Dandelion greens also contain calcium, potassium, manganese and iron, which is essential for generating red blood cells and helping to regulate the heart rate and blood pressure, respectively. Other important minerals in the content of dandelion greens are magnesium, phosphorus and copper.
A study on dandelion root tea showed that the drink turned a “kill switch” on leukemia cancer cells through a process called ‘apoptosis.’ Researchers also concluded that dandelion root tea didn’t “kill” healthy cells. The study reported that dandelion root extract may be used as a non-toxic alternative to conventional leukemia treatment.
The researchers also showed that dandelion root extract could possible be a cancer fighter, stopping the growth of melanoma cells without causing toxicity in non-cancerous cells.