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Dandelion: it's uses and benefits

Often considered a weed, the humble Dandelion is full of valuable nutrients. Traditional Chinese Medicine advises the use of Dandelion to strengthen bones and joints, encourage liver health and aid in detoxing the body.

Dandelion is easy to grow almost anywhere and can be served in dozens of different ways.

Dandelion LeafThe young dandelion greens (the older ones are bitter) are perfect in a salad. The leaves can be steamed like spinach and seasoned with a dash of salt, pepper, and butter. You can brew them into a tea or simply nibble at them raw if you prefer. Every part of the Dandelion is edible and packed with an array of nutrients that are beneficial to you.

Dandelion leaves contain more potassium than bananas, more vitamin A than carrots, and more protein than spinach. They also contain beta-carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Dandelion leaf is a source of antioxidants that support cardiovascular health, alkaloids, steroids, and triterpenoids, as well as kynurenic acid, to support digestive health.

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion RootTea can be brewed from Dandelion Leaves and sweetened to your liking with honey. Some like to add raspberry leaves to cut the slightly bitter flavor of the Dandelion.

To make: take a small handful of dried dandelion leaves, crush into small pieces, and place 1-2 teaspoons into a french press or a tea ball

Heat one cup of water until steaming, but not boiling (boiling water will make the tea bitter). Pour water into a cup, add tea bag and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the leaves before drinking.

Nutrient Breakdown

Amounts per 1 cup, chopped (55g)

  Amounts Per Serving %DV
 Calories  24.7(103 kJ) 1% 
From Carbohydrate 17.9 (74.9 kJ)   
From Fat  3.2(13.4 kJ)  
From Protein  3.6(15.1 kJ)  
 From Alcohol   0.0(0.0 kJ)  
Carbohydrates Amounts Per Serving    %DV
 Total Carbohydrate 5.1g  2% 
 Dietary Fiber   1.9g  8%
 Sugars 0.4g   
 Fats & Fatty Acids  Amounts Per  Serving  %DV
Total Fat 0.4g  1%
 Saturated Fat 0.1g  0% 
 Monounsaturated Fat  0.0g   
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.02g   
 Total trans fatty acids  ~  
Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids  ~  
Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids    
Total Omega-3 fatty acids   24.2mg  
Total Omega-6 fatty acids   144mg   
 Protein & Amino Acids  Amounts Per Serving   %DV
 Protein  1.5g   3%
 Vitamins  Amounts Per Serving   %DV
  Vitamin A5   588IU   112%
 Vitamin C   19.3mg   32%
 Vitamin D   ~~ ~
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)   1.9mg   9%
 Vitamin K   428mcg   535%
 Thiamin   0.1mg   7%
 Riboflavin   0.1mg   8%
 Niacin   0.4mg   2%
 Vitamin B   60.1mg   7%
 Folate   14.9mcg   4%
 Vitamin B   120.0mcg   0%
 Pantothenic Acid   0.0mg   0%
 Choline   19.4mg  
 Betaine ~  ~
 Minerals  Amounts Per Serving   %DV
 Calcium    103mg  10%
 Iron   1.7mg   9%
 Magnesium   19.8mg   5%
 Phosphorus   36.3mg   4%
Potassium  218mg  6%
 Sodium    41.8mg  2%
 Zinc    0.2mg  2%
 Copper   0.1mg   5%
 Manganese   0.2mg   9%
Selenium 0.3mcg  0%
Fluoride  ~


Amounts Per Serving  %DV
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0%
Phytosterols  ~
Other Amounts Per Serving  %DV
Alcohol 0.0g
Water  47.1g
Ash  1.0g
 Caffeine   0.0mg  
 Theobromine   0.0mg  


Zinzeudo stocks both dried Dandelion Leaf and Dried Dandelion Root in our Apothecary.


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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

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