COMPELLING EVIDENCE

The Scientific Evaluations

Taraxacum Species in the

Scientific Literature

Let’s examine the scientific evaluation Dandelion [Taraxacum species] as a antimicrobial agent.  In each of the studies below, the Taraxacum species showed compelling evidence of antiviral potency.  Rich in phenols compounds, the Dandelion inhibits viral replication without the toxicity most compounds display.

Viruses enter our cells and utilize the machinery of these hosts to produce vital proteins and replicate.  While in our cells, they are able to evading our immune system, often slowing or preventing our body’s ability to effectively track and attack the invading virus.  

By slowing the rate of viral load increase, we increase the time required for the host system to recognize the invasion and generate the quantity of antibodies needed for a successful defense.    

 In the last thirty years, the pharmaceutical industry has been making broad leaps in their capacity to successfully develop medications to target and treat viral agents.  But the propensity of these viruses to mutate and develop resistance to the medications, has been an ongoing first challenge. 

The second is that often these medication require such high concentrations of the compounds that their side effects can be lethal to the system they aspire to treat.  Perhaps developing diversified therapy to leverage synergy is the next stage of our recent acquaintance into this field.  

The dandelion mastered these challenges millennia ago.  It is suspected that the synergy that exists between dandelion’s compounds, not only minimizes resistance that develops in viruses, but exponentially boosts their collective effect, allowing the desired result before toxic levels of any one compound is realized.

In the HIV study specifically, Dandelion Extract is found to inhibit a cell’s Reverse Transcriptase activity,  thereby, demonstrating the potential of Taraxacum spp. as a broad antiviral solution.

Links to source papers can be accessed by selecting the content box..  Alternately, the literature annotations can be accessed from the Reference page by selecting the Dandelion topic references on the off-canvas menu.   

Phenols found in the Taraxacum Species Scientific Evaluation

While most plants possess one or two compounds with allopathic health benefits, the Taraxacum species demonstrates an array, which appears to act synergistically to promote potent antiviral and other health effects while minimizing side effects.  

chicoric acid trans 1 e1587590578754

Chicoric Acid

Chicoric Acid

Hydroxycinnamic acid, used as an anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and an insulin enhancer.
Sinapic acid trans 180

Sinapic Acid

Sinapic Acid

Antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti‐inflammatory, anti‐anxiety activity and the induction of inflammatory cytokines.
Caffeic Acid trans e1587590759395

Caffeic Acid

Caffeic Acid

An antioxidant polyphenol claimed to have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiviral abilities.
Chlorogenic Acid trans e1587590696859

Chlorogenic Acid

Chlorogenic Acid

Phytochemical touted to have anti-diabetic, antibacterial and weightloss effects, while recently recognized for improving mood and cognitive function.
p Coumaric Acid trans 1 e1587590544393

p-Coumaric Acid

p-Coumaric Acid

Hydroxy derivative of cinnamic acid reported to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial activity and lowers LDL peroxidation.
Ferulic Acid trans

Ferulic Acid

Ferulic Acid

Boosts the effects of other antioxidants - anti-aging skin action by neutralizes free-radical damage from pollution, ultraviolet light, or infrared.
Luteolin trans e1587590472173

Luteolin

Luteolin

A common flavonoid shown to possesses beneficial neuroprotective effects both in vitro and in vivo. It also has antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties.
Dandelion tea is packed full of a potent polyphenol array

Caffeoylquinic Acid

Caffeoylquinic Acid

One of the phenylpropanoids which have various bioactivities such as antioxidant, antibacterial, anticancer, antihistamic, and other biological effects.
Quercertin trans e1587590602717

Quercertin

Quercertin

A flavonoid known for it's antioxidative effects, and effects as an analgesia, sleep promotion, anticonvulsant, sedative, and anxiolytic effects.

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