Dandelion is a native to Eurasia, as well as North and South America. The common name dandelion is given to members of the genus; they have very small flowers collected together into a composite flower head. The leaves of the dandelion have a size of 5-25 cm long. The flower heads are yellow to orange in color, and they are open during daytime and closes themselves at night. Cool, don't you think?

It has got dark brown roots which are fleshy and brittle, and filled with a white milky substance that is slightly bitter and slightly smelly. I'm sure you've smelled one, and I'm sure if you close your eyes, taking a deep breath thinking about the flower, you can smell it right now! Do you?

The Dandelion Root Tea Benefits I Never Knew About

What about the health benefits of this yellow flower and its leaves and roots? Well, the dandelion are often used to make a herbal tea or a coffee substitute. Sure, you can buy dandelion root tea online or at Walmart. But trust me, you can make the tea yourself, having your dandelion root tea all home-made. Just watch this video and learn how:

Common dandelion root uses include having it as a remedy of the following conditions:

  • diabetes mellitus or type 2 diabetes.
  • eczema.
  • gastrointestinal disorders.
  • rheumatoid arthritis.
  • liver disease.
  • and heartburn.

Dandelion roots have been found to be rich in antioxidants, being a fierce ally in your fight against free radicals. Yup, it's also said about the dandelion that it boosts your immune system and fights microbes and fungi, helping to alter your state of health. Good reasons to have a zip of dandelion root tea, don't you think?

In diabetes, the dandelion extracts may help regulate blood sugar levels, as well as your cholesterol levels in your cardiovascular system. It may also be used as a mild laxative and some take it to improve their digestion as well. Yes, there are many interesting benefits to it, as for instance, I know some people take a dandelion root cleanse for their liver – with good results.

What Nutritional Content Is Consumed When Having Dandelion Root Tea (Or Taking Dandelion Root Pills)?

Ok, you get quite a lot of good nutrition from drinking dandelion root tea, as it contains high levels of:

  • magnesium.
  • zinc.
  • potassium.
  • manganese.
  • copper.
  • choline.
  • calcium.
  • boron.
  • and silicon.

Looking for a dandelion root tea bag, where to buy it and what tea bag is the best, might be questions you want answered. Well, there are many places to get your dandelion root tea, Walmart being one of them. Also, the best dandelion root tea bag is the one labeled organic. If you don't drink tea, you can also get the herb in the form of:

  • dandelion root pills (weight loss being touted as one of the capsules benefits).
  • dandelion root extract (as in a freeze-dried herb).
  • dandelion root tincture.

Sure, all of these can be bought online on Amazon, with some of its products shown below:

• Nature’s Way dandelion Root, 525mg, 100 capsules
• Traditional Medicinal Tea – dandelion Root Organic – cases of six boxes that contain 16 sealed teabags
• Nature’s Herb Dandelion Root – that promotes liver, gallbladder and GI health
• Nature’s Answer with Organic Dandelion root, Vcaps, 90-count

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