Dandelion

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Dandelion
  Evaluated for:
Effectiveness Rating Effectiveness Rating
General Health
0 (Unclear Effectiveness)
Diuretic
0 (Unclear Effectiveness)

PRO

  • The dandelion plant is edible and a rich source of minerals, protein, fiber and vitamins, especially vitamin A (beta-carotene) and potassium. The spring is a great time to enjoy a young dandelion leaf salad because young leaves are less bitter and more palatable.
  • Although high-quality trials and studies are lacking, dandelion has come to interest as a supplement for use as a diuretic (removal of excess body water by urination).
  • Dandelion may have anti-inflammatory properties. It may improve symptoms of indigestion, decreased appetite, flatulence, gall stones, and joint and muscle aches. It is often found in combination with other dietary supplements that are marketed for bladder and gastrointestinal disorders.

CON

  • High-quality research on the safety and efficacy of dandelion for general health and diuresis (removal of excess water by urination) is lacking.
  • Dosing recommendations for general health or as a diuretic are variable, and no safety information is available for use beyond 4 months. Dandelion may also interfere with the activity of prescription diuretics.
  • Patients with allergies to dandelion, honey, chamomile, chrysanthemums, yarrow, feverfew or other members of the Asteraceae plant family, such as ragweed, sunflower and daisies, should not take dandelion supplements.
  • An increased risk of bleeding is possible in patients on blood thinner medications (e.g., coumadin, aspirin) and other bleeding conditions.
  • Dandelion may alter the effects of potassium. Though dandelion contains significant amounts of potassium, its diuretic action may itself lower potassium levels. Its overall effect on potassium levels is therefore unclear.

CONCLUSION:If you elect to try Dandelion, remember to include it in your list of medications when you visit your doctor and other health care providers.


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