· Inflammation Reducer
· The U.S. National Library of Medicine, or USNLM, says dandelion as a powerful anti-inflammatory. Sipping the dandelion tea can help ease inflammation. You can also brew the tea and apply the cooled liquid directly to inflamed areas of the skin.
· Dandelion tea is also considered to have antioxidant abilities, which means that drinking dandelion tea may have anti-aging effects and help your body avoid cell damage from free radicals, says the USNLM. This may help prevent or slow down conditions such as cataracts.
· Healthful Tonic
· Dandelion tea is reported to be useful as an overall liver or kidney tonic, according to the NCCAM. A recent research study described on the PubMed.gov website showed evidence supporting dandelion tea as beneficial to liver health. The study, conducted at Inje University Biohealth Products Research Center in Korea and published in the September 2010 issue of ¡°Phytotherapy Research,¡± demonstrated that dandelion leaf water extract, or dandelion tea, was effective in protecting the liver from damage.
· Other Benefits
Dandelion tea may be applied directly to patches of eczema for a relieving effect, says the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. As well, the University of Maryland Medical Center reports that some animal studies show that dandelion tea may help regulate blood sugar. If you have questions about drinking dandelion tea to benefit diabetes, discuss it with your health care provider.