Why is Dandelion Tea So Popular?
Working in the health food industry, you get to see what products are very popular and sell quickly in the stores. Dandelion Root tea is one of those. We simply can’t keep up with it…but why? You may consider dandelion as a type of weed, but its root has a long history of therapeutic use. Dandelion has been used since ancient times for its healthful properties such as a powerful antioxidant to an effective liver support. Dandelion root supports the gallbladder and aids in digestion by helping to increase bile production and bile transport which breaks down fats and proteins. It supports and cleanses the liver, especially from stressors such as toxicity caused by over-use of drugs like Tylenol due to its antioxidant activity against free radicals. Dandelion root improves the heath of your kidneys and has natural diuretic effects helping to reduce bloating and flush out toxins, salt and excess water through increased urine production. Dandelion helps to regulate heart rate and blood pressure levels as it is a great source of potassium which is an essential mineral for your heart. Additionally, it may help normalize blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, fight cancer and is a good anti-inflammatory which will help with pain associated with inflammation such as arthritis. Dandelion is an excellent source of Vitamins A, C, K, E, Folic Acid, some B Vitamins, Iron, Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium and Potassium.
Tea or Coffee Substitute:
If you are trying to cut down on your coffee (caffeine) intake, roasted dandelion root tea may just be what you’re looking for. It tastes similar to coffee but provides much better health benefits. Simply add boiling water to your tea bag and let steep for 3-5 minutes. You can leave the tea bag in your cup or you can take it out. To sweeten or flavor the tea, you can add some honey or other natural sweetener such as Stevia and you could add some flavor such as cinnamon. Drink 2-3 cups per day for best health results. If you don’t like drinking hot tea, you can drink it cold. If you don’t like tea altogether, you can purchase dandelion root capsules.