[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1] am so thankful for this bitter plant because it is one of the most valuable plants and tonics. Who would think this powerful plant that is often seen on the side of the road or pulled from peoples flower beds could be packed with many nutrients to counteract hyperacidity by really boosting the alkalinity of the body’s system.
This plant is exceptionally high in protein, potassium, calcium and sodium. It is rich in vital organic magnesium, and iron. The organic magnesium helps to build our body cells. Dandelion vitamin A content is higher than carrots with 14,000 IU of vitamin A per 100 grams compared to 11,000 IU for carrots. One of the great cleansers for the liver and biliary, dandelion juice stimulates the bile and is exceptional for most liver problems. Dandelion provides oxygen to the blood, relieves constipation and helps with skin disorders.
[dropcap1]D[/dropcap1]o you want to lose weight? This plant is a rich source in promoting weight loss, diuretic properties and improve blood sugar levels, the healing properties are endless.
Frequently, I have juiced this plant especially during my cancer battle. Since this plant is highly bitter, I suggest juicing the leaves with carrots and/or apples along with a quarter or a half of a lemon, according to your taste buds, will reduce the bitterness along with providing the body with more detoxifying elements.
I have a wonderful recipe for a dandelion salad that I found in Gourmet Magazine This recipe is on Epicurious site too. My husband and I have enjoyed this recipe but I must tell you it is very important you find baby dandelions to use in the salad because the flavor is less bitter.
sources: Dr. N.W. Walker S.C ( Pioneer of Juicing) and the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods Murray, N.D.