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Dandelion: This is a natural diuretic and liver cleanser. Dandelion roots assist the liver in breaking down fats and producing amino acids by stimulating bile production.

Dandelion root has a long history of therapeutic use and has been used since ancient times for supporting liver ailments.[1] In Korean herbal medicine, it is used to improve energy levels.[2]

Research shows that compounds in plants such as dandelion have antioxidant and hepatoprotective (liver protective) properties that prevent inflammation.[3,4,5]

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.[6]

Dandelion For Liver Detox
Dandelion contains the highest concentration of kynurenic acid, an amino acid that assists the liver in bile production.[7] 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.[8]

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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References:
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2. Lee BR, Lee JH, An HJ. Effects of Taraxacum officinale on fatigue and immunological parameters in mice. Molecules. 2012 Nov 7;17(11):13253-65. doi: 10.3390/molecules171113253.

3. Rodriguez-Fragoso L, Reyes-Esparza J, Burchiel SW, Herrera-Ruiz D, Torres E. Risks and benefits of commonly used herbal medicines in Mexico. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2008 Feb 15;227(1):125-35. Epub 2007 Oct 12. Review.

4. González-Castejón M, Visioli F, Rodriguez-Casado A. Diverse biological activities of dandelion. Nutr Rev. 2012 Sep;70(9):534-47. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2012.00509.x. Epub 2012 Aug 17. Review.

5. Jeon HJ, Kang HJ, Jung HJ, Kang YS, Lim CJ, Kim YM, Park EH. Anti-inflammatory activity of Taraxacum officinale. J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Jan 4;115(1):82-8. Epub 2007 Sep 15.

6. Choi UK, Lee OH, Yim JH, Cho CW, Rhee YK, Lim SI, Kim YC. Hypolipidemic and antioxidant effects of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root and leaf on cholesterol-fed rabbits. Int J Mol Sci. 2010 Jan 6;11(1):67-78. doi: 10.3390/ijms11010067.

7. Turski MP, Turska M, Zgrajka W, Bartnik M, Kocki T, Turski WA. Distribution, synthesis, and absorption of kynurenic acid in plants. Planta Med. 2011 May;77(8):858-64. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1250604. Epub 2010 Dec 14.

8. Colle D, Arantes LP, Gubert P, da Luz SC, Athayde ML, Teixeira Rocha JB, Soares FA. Antioxidant properties of Taraxacum officinale leaf extract are involved in the protective effect against hepatoxicity induced by acetaminophen in mice. J Med Food. 2012 Jun;15(6):549-56. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2011.0282.

9. Domitrović R, Jakovac H, Romić Z, Rahelić D, Tadić Z. Antifibrotic activity of Taraxacum officinale root in carbon tetrachloride-induced liver damage in mice. J Ethnopharmacol. 2010 Aug 9;130(3):569-77. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2010.05.046. Epub 2010 Jun 2.

10. You Y, Yoo S, Yoon HG, Park J, Lee YH, Kim S, Oh KT, Lee J, Cho HY, Jun W. In vitro and in vivo hepatoprotective effects of the aqueous extract from Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) root against alcohol-induced oxidative stress. Food Chem Toxicol. 2010 Jun;48(6):1632-7. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2010.03.037. Epub 2010 Mar 27.