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The Natural Design of Dandelion

From Wikipedia

The species of Taraxacum are tap-rooted, perennial, herbaceous plants. The genus contains many species, which usually reproduce by apomixis, resulting in many local populations and endemism. 

In general, the leaves are 5–25 cm long, simple, lobed, and form a basal rosette above the central taproot. A rosette may produce several flowering stems at a time. The flower heads are 2–5 cm in diameter and consist entirely of ray florets.

The flower heads are yellow to orange colored, and are open in the daytime, but closed at night. The heads are borne singly on a hollow stem that is usually leafless and rises 1–10 cm above the leaves. 

The flower heads mature into spherical seed heads  containing many single-seeded fruits called achenes. Each achene is attached to a pappus of fine hair-like material which enables wind-aided dispersal over long distances.

 

 

The Master Appears

The natural design of the dandelion provides the inherent tenacity required to persist in the midst of novel challenges. 

Well known for it’s nutritional value, the dandelion has stood the test of time as an edible herb with potent benefits and low toxicity.  Recognized by the FDA to “generally be considered safe,” it’s leaves have been used in salads, flowers in teas and roots have been roasted to develop a delicious cafe.

Just because it’s natural, does not make it appropriate for everyone to consume, so please peruse the precautions list for any conditions you may have, speak with your doctor, and make sure when you are harvesting the plant that it is free of poisons, pollutants and disease.

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Mastery

Ancient Himalayan Master

Both hearty and prolific, it's found nearly all over the world. Believed to have originated from the Himalayas, spread was likely both natural and intentional by humans due to its nutritional value and medicinal benefits.

Historic Medicinal Value

Dandelion has been used since the 10th century to enhance the immune system’s response to upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis and pneumonia, as a nutritional supplement for  anemia. 

Nutrient Rich

Arguably nature's richest vegetable source of B-carotene at 0.84 mg/g tissue compared to carrots at 0.61 mg/g tissue. It also ranks above broccoli and spinach in overall nutritional value (Haytowitz & Matthews, 1984)

Nutritional Value

The Natural Design of Dandelion is rich in fibre, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins A and C, the B vitamins thiamine and riboflavin, and protein (Schmidt, 1979; Jackson, 1982; Gail, 1994).

Mineral Rich Roots

The roots of T. officinale complex penetrate deep into the earth and translocate mineral to the topsoil. The roots are rich in calcium, iron, copper and other trace elements (Dwyer, 1977).

Polyphenol Array

Phenolic compounds inherent in the natural design of Taraxacum spp. appear to be responsible for controlling soil bound pathogen known to threaten other plants. The mode of action is unknown (Jarvis, 1989). This unique array of compounds are believed to be responsible for it antiviral effects.

Potent Anti-Virus

Scientist have found that the aqueous extract from dandelion impedes influenza and other viral infections by decreasing its polymerase activity as well as the nucleoprotein RNA level.  So abundant in dandelion, effective extraction of these compounds does not require an elaborate lab processing.

Anti-Fungal Properties

Taraxacum officinale complex leaves are by natural design capable of producing an anti-fungal toxin called lettucenin A (Mizutani, 1989). This novel antifungal, appears to be selectively released in the presence of fungal species.

Diuretic Effects

Hormone modulating effects believed to balance estrogen hormone levels, used to improve acne. Its diuretic effects are felt to be superior to other diuretic agents as it reduces the likelihood of hypokalemia, but a point of caution for those taking a diuretic to reduce their body's potassium levels.

Medicinal Value

Specifically, dandelion root has been investigated as a prebiotic, hypoglycemic agent, and its hearty antioxidants profile make for interesting immune-modulating effects. Dandelion leaf has shown promise as an anti-inflammation agent, and effect of improving the human cholesterol profile.

Scientific Evaluations

Scientific research has found the natural design of dandelion useful as a broad-spectrum antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, , choleretic, antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, diuretic, and for it's tumor apoptosis-induction traits in initial studies. No human trials have yet been performed.

CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE USE

Be Aware of THE

Medication Interactions

Optimal levels of these antibiotics may not be reached if using dandelion: 

Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), enoxacin (Penetrex), norfloxacin (Chibroxin, Noroxin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), trovafloxacin (Trovan), gatifloxacin (Tequin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), and grepafloxacin (Raxar)..

Because of similar activities, levels of medications in this class may exceed the recommended dose while using dandelion: 

Aspirin, celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren-XR, Zipsor, Zorvolex), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), indomethacin (Indocin),  ketorolac (Toradol), naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn), oxaprozin (Daypro), piroxicam (Feldene), and others.

These Medications may have lower levels in your body while using dandelion:

Acetaminophen, atorvastatin (Lipitor), diazepam (Valium), digoxin, entacapone (Comtan), estrogen, irinotecan (Camptosar), lamotrigine (Lamictal), lorazepam (Ativan), lovastatin (Mevacor), meprobamate, morphine, oxazepam (Serax), and others.

These Medication may have higher levels in your body while using dandelion:

Lithium, amitriptyline (Elavil), haloperidol (Haldol), ondansetron (Zofran), propranolol (Inderal), theophylline (Theo-Dur, others), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, others), and others.

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