I am so thankful for the herb, dandelion, one of the most valuable plants and tonics nature has to offer our body. Who would think this powerful herb often located on the side of the road or eradicated from our flower bed could have so many nutrients to counteract hyperacidity by boosting the alkalinity within the body. Yes, I am talking about the weed with the yellow flowers. The one most find to be annoying during the spring of the year because it’s the un-wanted intruder within the garden. Instead of tossing dandelions out try adding the bitter herb to your salad for an added boost of vital nutrients. I found a wonderful recipe for a dandelion salad, Dandelion Greens with Hot Olive Oil Dressing in Gourmet Magazine. The recipe is on Epicurious site too. I have enjoyed this recipe but I must tell you it is advised to use baby dandelion within the salad because they tend to be less bitter and higher in nutrients. For an added boost of dandelion, pair the salad with SpaJuiceBar’s Dandelight juice or enjoy it with Morning Boost, apple lemon and basil juice for an added palate pleasing experience.
Dandelion has rich sources of nutrients known to prevent cancer, improve liver function, promote weight loss, improve blood sugar level, and they possess diuretic properties. Do you want to lose weight? The herb is a rich source in promoting weight loss; the diuretic properties will not deplete potassium within the body. Unlike over the counter diuretics, known to deplete the body of potassium. Dandelion contains significant amounts of potassium to enhance the levels.
High in protein, potassium, calcium and sodium, rich in vital organic magnesium, and iron classifies the herb as a vital nutrient within the diet. Just think you can get all of this greatness with this one herb. Dandelion’s vitamin A content is higher than carrots with 14,000 IU of vitamin A per 100 grams compared to 11,000 IU for carrots. That’s a lot of Vitamin A! For that reason, SpaJuiceBar created Dandelight to give the body all the wholesome vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs.
Although dandelion is primarily used as a liver cleanser and healer it is also used for all liver diseases as well as the following: Jaundice; hepatitis; cirrhosis; gallbladder function; reduces side effects of drugs processed by the liver; a diuretic and blood purifier for kidneys; water retention; urinary tract; kidney stones; water retention; edema from high blood pressure and heart weakness; lowers cholesterol; increases good HDL cholesterol; lowers triglycerides; balances and lowers blood sugar; anemia; nervousness; laxative; stomach irritation; indigestion; heartburn; appetite stimulant; rheumatism, and joint pain...according to the book Healing Herbs A to Z by Diane Stein.
When faced with a stressful lifestyle, we must be mindful of the foods we consume. What we put in our body can deplete or preserve/restore the body. The latter is the best option to a healthier lifestyle.
So, Juice up! The SpaJuiceBar way!!!