Dandelion helps both the liver and gall bladder to break down fat, by stimulating the flow of bile. This helps prevent gallstones. Dandelion also helps the liver with its process of detoxification.
Dandelion benefits kidney function, as it has diuretic properties (stimulates the flow of urine), which makes it beneficial for anyone suffering from a urinary infection.
It’s hard to find domesticated vegetables with as much nutrition as wild greens. And with food prices the way they are… delightful to get free food that is better than anything you can find in a store!
Eating lots of dandelion leaves and buds as well as other nutrient-dense foods can help save you money on nutritional supplements. Assuming you don’t use toxic chemicals on your lawn and/or garden, you don’t live next to a highway or in a highly polluted urban area, and you aren’t in close proximity to neighbors who use lawn chemicals, you can eat your dandelion greens.
Young dandelion leaves are great in salads! They have a taste similar to chicory, and and abundance of vitamins and minerals. Here are some of the nutrients that dandelion leaves provide; potassium, magnesium, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, proteins, iron, sulphur, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E. They are a richer source of provitamin A (beta carotene) than carrots! Because the leaves are rich in readily available magnesium, dandelion is a great herb for improving bone health. Magnesium increases bone density, so dandelions may actually help to prevent bone disorders such as osteoporosis.
For salad, thoroughly wash leaves. Dandelion leaves chopped with sheep feta cheese, olive oil, and onion is a nice combo. As you develop a taste for it and the season progresses, you may find yourself eating more!