Benefits of dandelion tea: weight loss, bloating and regulating appetite
A study in Korea found that dandelion could have a similar effect on the body as a weight loss drug by inhibiting an enzyme released during digestion to break down fat.
In another study, the impact of chlorogenic acid, found in high levels in Dandelion root, was tested in mice, and was found to have anti-obesity effects, reducing body weight and levels of fat storage hormones significantly.
Dandelion is also known to act as a diuretic, which can help to reduce water weight and bloating. One study showed increased urine output after as little as two cups of dandelion tea.
Historically, it has also been used to improve appetite, soothe minor digestive ailments and relieve constipation.
Side effects of dandelion tea
Dandelion is considered to be safe for most people to consume, unless you suffer an allergic reaction from touching or ingesting. You are more likely to be allergic to dandelion if you are allergic to similar plants, including: ragweed, marigold, daisy, chrysanthemum.
It can also interact with certain medications, including diuretics, lithium and Cipro. So it is important to note, that if you are taking prescription medication, it is best to consult your doctor before drinking dandelion tea.
How to make dandelion tea
You can buy dandelion tea from the supermarket, which can be brewed like any other herbal tea. However, you can also make it from scratch. It is important to make sure the plants have not been treated with any chemicals first. It is also best to harvest them when they are young. Then, clean and prepare your plant, steep in hot water, strain, and enjoy!