Dandelion Root fights overall inflammation and promotes good liver health overall. It is made from the raw roots of the sunny-faced common lawn weed sometimes called lion’s tooth or wild endive. Most people see Dandelions as pests but many wiser folks know they are packed with vitamins and nutrients.
In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion has been used to stimulate digestion and help with inflammation. Dandelion root is commonly used in herbal tea blends, and can also be roasted for a caffeine-free coffee substitute.
Dandelion root is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, a type of soluble fibre found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of healthy gut bacteria in your digestive tract.
Dandelion also contains potent antioxidants, which are compounds that help neutralize free radicals; molecules that are a product of normal metabolism but contribute to chronic disease risk if levels get too high in your body. They contain high levels of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may protect against cell damage and oxidative stress. They are also rich in polyphenols, which are found mainly in the flower but occur in the roots, leaves, and stems.