Should you be eating dandelions?

I’m willing to bet that the majority of us are familiar with dandelions, mainly as a result of recess during our childhoods. At least, my childhood recesses consisted of attacking one another with the flower and smearing yellow up and down our arms as if an infant took a massive shit upon us.

Perhaps I should stipulate that I attended an elementary school situated within a rural town in case anyone is thinking about calling children’s services after reading my above statement. This behaviour was considered to be normal.

Despite how absolutely fucking terrible dandelions smell, as it turns out, they’re incredibly advantageous to consume. Check out the following information which comes from

“The nutritional content of dandelion extends to all parts of the plant. Dandelion is a rich source of fiber and many vitamins and minerals.

“Dandelions are a rich source of beta carotene and polyphenol compounds, both of which may neutralize harmful free radicals and protect against chronic disease.

“Dandelion contains bioactive compounds that have been shown to reduce blood sugar in animal and test-tube studies.

“Some animal studies indicate that dandelion reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels…

“Dandelion may lower blood pressure as a result of its diuretic effect and potassium content.

“Animal studies indicate that dandelion may protect against liver damage, but more research is needed in humans.

“Some animal studies note that dandelion compounds may support weight control…

“Several test-tube studies have determined that dandelion extract may slow the growth of certain types of cancer.

“Dandelion is rich in fiber and prebiotic compounds such as inulin — both of which may support bowel regularity, among other digestive benefits.

“… some test-tube studies suggest that dandelion has antiviral and antibacterial properties.

“Animal and test-tube studies suggest that dandelion may protect against skin damage caused by sun damage, aging, and acne.

“Research on dandelion’s effects on bone health is lacking, though some components of the plant are known to support the maintenance of strong bones,” the web page states.

As always, be sure to consult with a medical professional prior to dabbling in any new supplements.

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