Traditional medicine practitioners all around the globe have been using dandelion for centuries, both as edible food and as an herbal remedy. In the book “The Herbal Handbook: A User's Guide to Medical Herbalism,” David Hoffmann mentions that traditional herbalists have long believed that this dandelion extract is capable of supporting the healthy functioning of the gallbladder, kidneys, liver, and spleen. Apparently, they also consider it an effective detoxifying agent too.
A Natural Diuretic
Modern research has provided clinical evidence that dandelion extract raises the production of urine by the kidneys by acting as a natural diuretic. The study “The diuretic effect in human subjects …” revolved around monitoring the urine production of humans consuming dandelion extract on a daily basis. It was discovered that the volume of urine production had increased significantly as a result of consuming dandelion extract.
Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Chemicals found in dandelion extract have long been known for their specific biological activities for a long time and researchers have been exploring the role they may play in improving human health. Studies like “Diverse biological activities of …” and “Anti-inflammatory activity of …” have also evidenced that antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds are present in dandelion extract.
Dandelion extract’s antioxidative effects were even tested in the animal study “Hypolipidemic and antioxidant effects …” Results exhibited that when cholesterol levels are high, dandelion extract improves antioxidant activities of enzymes and improved lipid profiles as well. This study further suggests that consuming dandelion extract produces a protective effective when taken during the occurrence of particular circulatory disorders that cause oxidative stress.
Beneficial Link To Liver Problems
The liver is prone to suffering oxidative stress as a result of acetaminophen toxicity, and it is likely that this oxidative stress can be countered with natural antioxidant compounds. The study “Antioxidant properties of Taraxacum officinale …” revealed that the antioxidant activity inhibited acetaminophen toxicity by fighting free radicals. Similarly, the animal studies “Antifibrotic activity of Taraxacum officinale …” and “In vitro and in vivo hepatoprotective effects …” have also successfully revealed that dandelion extract’s beneficial antioxidant effects can be linked to treating particular liver problems.
Digestive System & Gallbladder Support
In the study “Distribution, synthesis, and absorption of …,” a variety of therapeutic herbs were tested to find out what concentration of kynurenic acid they contain. This amino acid has drawn the attention of researchers because of its historical use and evidence that suggests that it is capable of supporting the digestive system, especially the production of bile. The results of the study revealed that dandelion contains the highest concentration of kynurenic acid.
Bile helps the body flush toxins by transporting them out and dandelion extract helps stimulate the production of bile. So, dandelion extract may also support the natural immune response of the body. Similarly, it was discovered in the study “Antiproliferative, protective and antioxidant effects …” that the antioxidant activity of dandelion that including dandelion extract in daily diet can help support the healthy functioning of the gallbladder.
Effects On Cancer Cells
According to particular laboratory research, dandelion extract from the flowering plant’s root might also possess anti-cancer properties. For instance, the study “Differentiation-inducing activity of lupeol …” tested lupeol, a compound found in dandelion root extract. It was discovered that lupeol inhibited cultured melanoma cells from growing and caused them to develop into normal cells that were non-cancerous.
The study “Taraxinic acid, a hydrolysate of” tested taraxinic acid, another compound contained in dandelion root extract, which also exhibited anti-cancer effects on cultured leukemia cells. Despite the lack of large clinical trials, laboratory research involving dandelion extract’s anti-cancer activity has led to promising results.
Dandelion, also known as Taraxacum, has been used for a long time for healing and medicinal purposes. In fact, the use of dandelion can be dated back to ancient times, because of its proposed health benefits and belief that it can help with liver problems. The use of dandelion extract has proven to be even more beneficial and even scientific research, such as the studies mentioned above, support its health benefits.
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