Although you may think of dandelion as a pesky weed, the plant has long been used in herbal medicine.
The greens of the dandelion provide 535 percent of the recommended daily value of Vitamin K which may be the most important source of any other plant-based food to strengthen bones, but may also play a role in fighting Alzheimer's disease by limiting neuron damage in the brain.
Dandelion greens also give the body 112 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin A as an antioxidant carotenoid, which is particularly good for the skin, mucous membranes and vision. A flavonoid called zeaxanthin (together with lutein, another carotenoid) may help shield the retina from ultraviolet rays and subsequent damage, while carotenoids like alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin may help lower the risk of lung and mouth cancers.
Need more benefits? Dandelion greens are high in inulin and pectin, which are soluble fibers that may help your body feel full longer, assist with weight control and maintain optimal cholesterol levels. These greens also contain vitamins C and B6, thiamin, riboflamin, calcium, iron (crucial for generating red blood cells), potassium (to help regulate heart rate and blood pressure), magnesium and manganese. Other nutrients present in dandelion greens include folate, phosphorus and copper.
I personally love to add fresh dandelion leaves in to my salads and sneak in to my kids freshly squeezed juices :)
You can also make your own Dandelion Pesto and add to your pasta or use it as a bread spread
Dandelion Pesto Recepe
2 cups dandelion greens pieces (about 1 bunch)
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted and cooled or Pine Nuts
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup olive oil
In a food processor combine everything except olive oil. Pulse several times.
With food processor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until combined.
And Of Course when your pesto and pasta is ready don't forget to add a dropper of Sanguine CBD Oil to make your dish even more healthier!
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