You may be most familiar with dandelion as a stubborn weed that never seems to leave your lawn or garden.
However, in traditional herbal medicine practices, dandelion is revered for its wide array of medicinal properties.
For centuries, dandelion has been used to treat a myriad of physical ailments, including cancer, acne, liver disease and digestive disorders.
The root of the dandelion is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which is a type of soluble fiber found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in your intestinal tract.
Studies have found that dandelion have a protective effect on liver tissue in the presence of toxic substances and stress.
One study revealed significant protection of liver tissue in mice exposed to toxic levels of acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Dandelion root is a rich source of the prebiotic fiber inulin.
Dandelion root works as a good diuretic in the body and can help remove excess water, which can cause swelling.