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Dandelion Greens – Dandelion Benefits

By | January 22nd, 2013 | Modified - January 18th, 2015

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I was surprised to learn how beneficial plant life around us is for our health and well being. Plant life is often taken for granted, but is so vital for our healthy living. We have been conditioned to overlook the nutritious value of plant life in favor of health damaging processed foods.

Dandelion is more widely known for its dandelion root which has been used in herbal remedies for centuries, but there is also great value in its leaves – greens. I am like many people who once only saw dandelion plants as being pesky weeds in our nicely cut lawns, because I wasn’t educated to see outside the box. Now I see dandelion plants, dandelion greens, and dandelion roots in a more enlightened light.

Dandelion Greens Nutrition

Dandelion greens rank in the top of green vegetables in overall nutritional value, but most people don’t know this and other greens are likely to be part of our salads and green juices. Dandelion greens are the richest green vegetable source of beta-carotene, second only to kale! Dandelion greens are packed with nutrients and its bitter compounds aid digestion, and kidney and liver health.

All of the vegetables listed below are per 1 cup chopped serving size:

Vitamin A Vitamin C Vitamin K Calcium Folate Iron Magnesium
Dandelion Greens (raw)
Fiber: 8% DV
5588IU
112% DV
19.3mg
32% DV
428mcg
535% DV
103mg
10% DV
14.9mcg
4% DV
1.7mg
9% DV
19.8mg
5% DV
Kale (raw)
Fiber: 5% DV
10302IU
206% DV
80.4mg
134% DV
547mcg
684% DV
90.5mg
9% DV
19.4mcg
5% DV
1.1mg
6% DV
22.8mg
6% DV
Spinach (raw)
Fiber: 3% DV
2813IU
56% DV
8.4mg
14% DV
145mcg
181% DV
29.7mg
3% DV
58.2mcg
15% DV
0.8mg
5% DV
23.7mg
6% DV
Collards (raw)
Fiber: 5% DV
2400IU
48% DV
12.7mg
21% DV
184mcg
230% DV
52.2mg
5% DV
59.8mcg
15% DV
0.1mg
0% DV
3.2mg
1% DV
Romaine
Lettuce (raw)
Fiber: 4% DV
4094IU
82% DV
11.3mg
19% DV
48.2mcg
60% DV
15.5mg
2% DV
63.9mcg
16% DV
0.5mg
3% DV
6.6mg
2% DV

The data above is from Self Nutrition Data

Dandelion greens also contain: Vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin b6, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, and manganese.

As you can see from the data kale the nutritional power powerhouse, which you probably knew already. (Yes right, two powers for kale.) What you may not have known is the nutrient power of dandelion greens. I think we are all aware of the popular spinach, collards, and romaine lettuce and their nutritional value, but it is likely you did not know that they come in a distant second to the powerhouse, dandelion greens.

Dandelion greens are best picked when they are young because this is when they are packed with nutrients.

Dandelion Greens Herbal Properties

Along with the wide variety of nutrients dandelion greens provides, dandelion greens’ bitter compounds called sesquiterpene lactone support healthy kidney functioning. These bitter compounds have diuretic effects that increase urination and help to move toxins out of the body. Dandelion root also contains nutrients and compounds that support healthy liver and gallbladder functioning.

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About Author:

Aqiyl Aniys is the author of the books Alkaline Herbal Medicine, Alkaline Plant Based Diet and the children's book, Faith and Justice eat an Alkaline Plant Based Diet." He received a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University, a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and studied social work. He enjoys boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging, and his alkaline plant-based diet supports all that he does. Learn more about transitioning to an alkaline vegan diet using the Dr. Sebi nutritional guide.

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