A friend of mine turned me onto these greens and all the many benefits. I was stuck, eating spinach, kale and collards so introducing these greens into my regime proved to be something special. Here is some information on the many benefits of eating Dandelion that I hope you find helpful taken from Healthy Eating
Dandelion greens compare favorably in nutritional content to other commonly consumed green vegetables, providing four times as much calcium, 1.5 times as much vitamin A and 7.5 times as much vitamin K as broccoli. This leafy green vegetable also contains twice as much iron and three times as much riboflavin as spinach, and, while spinach provides no vitamin E or carotenoids, dandelion greens boast 17 percent of the daily adult dose of vitamin E and 13,610 international units, or IUs, of lutein and zeaxanthin per 3.5-ounce serving. However, dandelion greens are lower in vitamin C and folate than either spinach or broccoli.
Diuretic properties of dandelion greens make them useful for promoting urine production and reducing symptoms of some liver, gallbladder and kidney conditions. A study published in the August 2009 issue of the “Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine” found that dandelion greens caused significant increase in urine output in the 5-hour periods after consumption after two doses spaced 24 hours apart. However, a third dose 24 hours after the second did not show an increase in urine production among study participants. Researchers concluded that dandelion greens may offer benefits as a diuretic.
Dandelion greens inhibit interleukins and other immune molecules that trigger inflammation. Dandelion may also control inflammation by suppressing COX-2 enzymes, the molecules that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs target, according to Leah Hechtman, author of the book “Clinical Naturopathic Medicine.” A tissue culture study published in the August 2010 issue of the “Journal of Medicinal Food” found that dandelion greens extract significantly suppressed nitric oxide, prostaglandins and cytokines, all pro-inflammatory molecules.
Breast and prostate cancers may respond well to treatment with dandelion greens, according to Mark A. Goldstein, co-author of the book “Healthy Herbs.” Researchers of a study published in the May 2008 issue of the “International Journal of Oncology” found that dandelion leaf extract, but not extracts of dandelion flower or root, decreased growth in tissue cultures of breast cancer cells. Dandelion leaf extract also blocked the spread of prostate cancer in the study. Researchers concluded that dandelion leaf extract may offer potential benefits as anti-cancer agents.
Here’s a quick, easy recipe for you to try. Add this with sweet potatoes and a piece of fish. Tell me what you think!
SAUTÉED DANDELION GREENS
These bitter greens mellow out when sautéed with garlic and seasonings.
- 1 Large Bunch Dandelion Greens
- 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Dash Of Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 Large Clove of Garlic, Chopped
- Rinse the greens well, and remove any brown ends.
- Squeeze dry to remove excess water.
- Cut into 3 inch pieces. In a large, heavy saucepan or frying pan, add the damp greens, the garlic clove, and the oil.
- Saute for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the greens are soft and tender.
- Add salt and pepper, and red pepper until you have reached your desired level of heat.
- Place on a platter, and serve.
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