Dandelion root has a long history of therapeutic use and has been used since ancient times for supporting liver ailments. In Korean herbal medicine, it is used to improve energy levels.
A research showed that dandelion positively affects antioxidant enzymes and regulates blood lipid profile (levels of fat in the blood). This means that it can protect against oxidative stress related to circulatory disorders.
Dandelion For Liver Detox
Dandelion contains the highest concentration of kynurenic acid, an amino acid that assists the liver in bile production. By increasing bile production, dandelion helps excrete toxins into the bile which are then removed from the body.
Acetaminophen (a popular pain reliever) toxicity can cause oxidative stress to the liver. The antioxidants present in dandelion decreased the free-radical damage that helped counteract the acetaminophen toxicity in a study.
Animal studies show that dandelion root can protect against alcohol-induced oxidative stress and carbon tetrachloride (a compound found in building material and cleaning agents at home) induced liver damage.[9,10]
How To Take It
- Prepare a soothing tea by boiling 1tbsp dandelion root in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink once cool. Add honey or lemon for flavor.
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