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Weight Loss Effects of Dandelion

Dandelion identifies a type of weed that grows in lawns with roots that have medicinal value found in many suburban locations in the northern hemisphere. This ‘weed’ has got its own nutritional benefits as well as health benefits. The parts of the dandelion plant that are consumed are the leaves and roots. These parts are rich in various nutrients like vitamins A, B-complex, C, and D. Dandelion is also high in minerals like magnesium, iron, manganese, choline, zinc potassium, copper, calcium, silicon and boron. The most useful of the ingredients found in dandelion are germacranolide and eudesmanolide, found only in these plants. All these ingredients have medicinal values. The plant has been used as a form of medicine for the treatment of certain ailments like bloating, aching joints, skin disorders, fevers, digestive disorders, and breast maladies. Dandelion has also been known to aid in weight loss due to its rich nutrient content.
Dandelion leaf and root both have diuretic properties that can rid the body of water weight, but has little effect on body fat.

Dandelion leaf and root both have diuretic properties that can rid the body of water weight, but has little effect on body fat.

The leaves from the dandelion plant have been known to have diuretic ability. This is the ability to increase the flow of urine out of the body by the plant. In this manner, the plant aids in the weight loss of about 30% within a period of 30 days. The difference between the diuretic effects of dandelion compared to other brand name diuretics is the ability of dandelion to retain potassium through the process of diuresis. This then means that many of the adverse side effects of diuretic use are avoided.

Large amounts of weight loss are achieved through the diuretic effects brought about by dandelion. There are certain herbalists who recommend dandelion tinctures, medicinal extracts found in solutions of alcohol, to help in the loss of weight. This plant reduces the weight of water in the body because of the diuretic effects. The liver is able to regulate the amount of blood sugar because of this plant extracts and avoid hypoglycemia which has been known to be a frequent cause of overindulge eating.

Overall, however, the use of diuretics for weight loss is not recommended. Diuretics rid the body of water weight, but not a loss of body fat. Diuretics also dehydrate the body, which will cause a decline in the metabolic rate. Dandelion root extract is a common diet pill ingredient, but has no weight loss properties other than its ability to expel water from the body.

The fat metabolism found in the body due to the functions of the bile flow is increased due to dandelion stimulation. Due the rich nutrients of dandelion, it is an excellent supplement for elderly women as well as pregnant women. Dandelion can be consumed in the form of a tincture, taken in tea and also tablet form. Although this product is safe for the gentle decrease in serum cholesterol and diuretic functions in the body, dandelion can cause ulcer pain and stomach acidity. People who suffer from biliary tract obstructions and gallstones should avoid using this herb.

Dandelion should not be taken as a substitute for the diuretics from pharmacies to treat hypertension. If treating these conditions with insulin, diuretic drugs, or other medications for blood sugar reduction, the herb should only used as and when prescribed by the physician. Additionally, people with known allergies to the related plants should not use the herb. Dandelion destroys the acids that are found in the blood of overweight people preventing over acidity in the body.

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