31 Oct Exploring the Health Benefits of Dandelions
Did you know that Dandelions can offer a number of health benefits when used for medicinal purposes? In fact, the plant has been used since the 10th and 11th centuries to help support digestive health as well as kidney and liver function. It is for this reason that Dandelion is included as one of the ingredients in Prolean Wellness’s MetaboLiv. Here is a closer look at just a few of the benefits that Dandelions can provide.
You may be surprised to learn that dandelions are actually very nutritious. Whether eaten cooked or raw, dandelions are high in vitamins A, C and K as well as some vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins. Dandelion greens also contain iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium, while the root is rich in carbohydrate inulun, which is a soluble fiber that supports the growth and maintenance of bacterial flora in the intestinal tract.
Dandelions contain high levels of beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant known to provide strong protection against oxidative stress and cellular damage. They also contain polyphenols, which is another type of antioxidant that is found in the flower as well as in the roots, stems and leaves of the plant.
Blood Sugar Control
Dandelions also contain chicoric and chlorogenic acid, which are two types of bioactive compounds that have been found to improve insulin secretion from the pancreas while also improving the rate of absorption of glucose in muscle tissue. Some studies have also found that these compounds may help to limit the digestion of starchy carbohydrate foods.
Some studies have also found that the bioactive components found in dandelions may help to support weight loss as well as help with maintaining your weight. It is thought that this may be due to the plant’s ability to improve carbohydrate metabolism while also reducing fat absorption.
To learn more about how dandelion can benefit you or to learn more about MetaboLiv from Prolean Wellness, contact us today!