The taraxacum pseudoroseum, or pink dandelion shares all of the same medicinal benefits of the more common yellow dandelion. Every part of this plant is edible, from root to stem! Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber, the dandelion is very versatile and highly nutritious, with broad applications for health.
Dandelions are known for their high nutritional value. They are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, and contain vitamins D and E, folate, as well as small amounts of other B vitamins. Large amounts of minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium, zinc and potassium are also present. They are believed to have a variety of health benefits including treating stomach and liver conditions, eczema, acne, high cholesterol, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heartburn, and even cancer. Studies have also show that there is potential for lower blood pressure due to the high levels of potassium, treating/reducing inflammation, and aiding in blood sugar control.
The National Institutes of Health did a study in 2009 on the diuretic effects of dandelion extract, and found that frequency of urination was increased, though the volume remained the same. These effects could be observed within five hours of just a single dose!! Being a powerful diuretic with additional laxative properties, dandelions can help with hepatic and gallbladder conditions, digestive issues, and general constipation. And as a bonus, it’s a great liver and kidney tonic, making it an amazing hangover remedy!