What is dandelion root?
Eskymaks/Shutterstock Many people look at dandelions as pesky weeds that overtake lawns and gardens, but they’re actually useful plants. Dandelions are perfect for herbal remedies and are filled with vitamins and minerals. Herbalists have been known to use it to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, treat infections, relieve muscles aches, and use it as a diuretic. Here are some things to consider before you start a detox.
adriaticfoto/Shutterstock Although there aren’t a lot of studies on the herb, dandelion root may contain some promising substances in the fight against diabetes and certain types of cancers. Research published by Korean scientists in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences suggests that the root may help regulate blood sugar and insulin levels by helping control fats in the blood. In a study on chemo-resistant melanoma—an aggressive form of skin cancer most prevalent in Americans 25 to 29—researchers of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Windsor found that specific antioxidants in dandelion root extract helped prevent the drug-resistant melanoma cells from multiplying. Other research findings suggest the herb may be useful in taming inflammation, preventing urinary tract infections, taming an upset stomach, and easing arthritis-like pain.