Ingredients of Interest: Dandelion

Aside from being used since ancient times as a detoxification and weight loss aid, Dandelions are unusually high in vitamins and trace minerals like:

  • Folate, Phosphorus, Zinc, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Copper & Manganese
  • Vitamins A, C, E, K & B6

Our friend the Dandelion also contains 4x more beta carotene than broccoli, more protein than spinach and ample dietary fiber. Dandelion is rich in two phospholipids, lecithin & choline, which is important because:

  • They convert to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter key to healthy mood, learning, memory. Acetylcholine modulates excitability, arousal and reward centers in the brain
  • Your body relies on acetylcholine for muscle stimulation
  • Lecithin lowers cholesterol, protects the cardiovascular system and emulsifies fat, which works synergistically with the plant's  high fiber count, making it an effective digestive aid

While these compounds individually are not unique to the Dandelion, the combination of these nutrients, along with fiber, proteins, minerals and their high levels of vitamins is and likely accounts for the myriad medical traditions that use Dandelion as a transformative healing ingredient. This quick list is only meant to serve as a snapshot of the Dandelion's health benefits, please do research this botanical gem yourself or join our e-communiqué list to hear more about it and other ingredients of interest.