The dandelion root is one of nature’s most ubiquitous herbal treatments. It has been proven to have medicinal value in the treatment and relief from liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, acne, jaundice, cancer and anemia. It also helps maintaining bone health, skin care and weight loss. Gallbladder inflammation, liver problems (Jaundice) and providing a detoxification of our blood are all positive effects from the continual use of the dandelion in one’s diet.
Research has shown that the dandelion is very rich in vitamins and minerals and promotes healthy blood circulation while stimulating liver function by increasing the flow of bile. Dandelion, which means “lion’s tooth” in French, is rich in vitamin A, C, iron and calcium and contains detoxifiers which help to explain its use in medicines. People that have liver problems are often seen as having yellowing skin or eyes, and a general look of being ill, tired, and lethargic. This is a symptom known as Jaundice; it is a disorder of the liver, caused by the over production of bile.
This condition ultimately causes the bile to be secreted into the blood stream damaging the body’s metabolism. Excess bile in the blood stream is demonstrated by the skin and eyes having a pale yellow color. Treating jaundice generally includes three (3) main courses: First, check the amount of and rate of production of bile; second, remove excess bile from the body; and third, eliminating the viral infection that accompanies Jaundice. Dandelion is very helpful in all three of these procedures. First, it promotes improved liver health as well as regulating the output of the bile. Being a natural diuretic, the dandelion chemistry promotes urination through which the excessive bile is eliminated and removed rapidly. Third, being a strong anti-oxidant as well as a disinfectant, due to high concentrations of both Vitamin C and Luteolin, the dandelion actually fights viral infections.
Sometimes people that have wanted to ingest the dandelion find it difficult to do so without the aid of something sweet. We have found that it is more beneficial if taken with a sugarcane juice, since it will help to replaces the natural sugars in the body. Once the patient has taken the dandelion, the excessive bile in the blood stream will begin to be passed through the increased urination, causing a reversal to the effects of extreme fatigue and weakness which accompanies Jaundice. It is very important to increase the intake of fluids during this time. The increased amount of clear fluids will add and improve the ready discharge of the toxic infection as well as the bile that has been built up within the liver.
Dandelion is very popular for its general detoxifying effects by eliminating the poisons inside our body. Dandelion is highly diuretic properties help clean the internal deposits of toxic substances in the kidneys and the urinary system. Its disinfectant properties inhibit microbial growth in the urinary system. Dandelion promotes the reduction of toxins, wastes and pollutants in the liver and kidneys, thus cleansing the blood and vital organ at the cellular level and tissues. Our vital organs are well protected within the main body cavity for a reason: these are the organs that produce lifesaving functions. Among these vital organs is the small but important Gallbladder. It is basically a small bag filled with bile that is produced in the liver. The Gallbladder concentrates this bile and improves the function of both the liver and Gallbladder. Taking dandelion helps protect them both from the ill effects of free radicals and oxidants, thereby reducing infections while regulating the secretions from both organs.
Since we tend to eat too much fatty food, having dandelion as part of our diet will aid in the digestion of these fatty foods and reduce the stress put on both the liver and the Gallbladder. An inflamed Gallbladder is an extremely painful condition which causes unbearable abdominal pain and discomfort just under the ribs on the right hand side and sometimes into the upper central part of the abdomen. Food intolerance has been found to be related to inflammation of the Gallbladder, which can cause extreme discomfort and often feelings of an impending heart attack! Taking dandelion can ease this pain and if done regularly, eliminate it from happening. Because of dietary allergies, as well as increased fat consumption, there is a growing number of people that are unable to consume fat rich foods, including dairy products (milk, ice cream, butter, cream), animal fats, certain oils, and unfortunately, even the beloved chocolate. It seems the world is on a binge for more sweets, fats, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, while few people are able to maintain healthy diets. Perhaps the dandelion will aid your quest for a better dietary mixture and healthier life style.
We’ve heard of people having “Gall stone” which results from urinary problems. Gallstones are hard, pebble-like deposits that form inside the gallbladder. They may be as small as a grain of sand, or as large as a golf ball. When you have one, you think that they are all the size of an orange. There are generally two types of Gallstones: Gall stones generally made of cholesterol, which are by far the most common type. Cholesterol gallstones have nothing to do with cholesterol levels in the blood. And those made of bilirubin, which can occur when red blood cells are being destroyed (hemolysis). This condition leads to too much bilirubin in the bile; these stones are called pigment stones. Our urine contains up to 4% of fats, so the more we urinate, the more water and fats are expelled from the body. Remember to increase clear liquids while dealing with these types of physical medical conditions. Dandelion, being a natural diuretic, promotes urinating and helps weight loss without side effects.
The liver is affected by the intake of too many fats. The liver regulates the production of cholesterol and acts as the body’s “filter system”. When we eat the wrong foods, we tend to cause the production of too many toxic byproducts, especially with a diet that contains insufficient fiber, not enough water (daily intake of 48 oz. minimum) and too many fatty and processed foods. Cholesterol is an important component for the manufacture of liver bile acids, steroid hormones, and vitamin D. Cholesterol is the principal sterol synthesized by animals; in vertebrates it is formed predominantly in the liver. It is therefore very important that we keep our liver clean and functioning like it is intended. Dandelion juice can help diabetic patients by stimulating production of insulin from the pancreas and thus help keeping blood sugar level under control. Since it diuretic in nature, it makes the diabetic patients urinate frequently which helps remove the extra sugars from the blood and body. Medical evidence indicates that diabetics are prone to renal (kidney) problems. The diuretic properties of the dandelion can help removing the sugar deposits in the kidneys through increased urination.
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