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Posted by: Lloyd, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 11:19pm
I no longer recall who asked the question or what the thread was, but here is the answer.

In re Dandelion's effect in promoting liver health, the answer is in flavonoids found in the root: The flavonoids in milk thistle (silymarin) and in dandelion root (taraxacum) protect the liver against reactive oxygen species[145].

The reference in question {145} is: 145. Cody, V., et al., ed. Plant Flavonoids in Biology and Medicine II. Biochemical, Cellular and Medicinal Properties. Progress in Clinical and Biological Research, Vol. 280. 1988, Aland R. liss, Inc.: New York. 481.

The article from which this reference was pulled concerns leaky gut syndrome and was provided in another thread some time past by a now forgotten poster. (MoDon is a suspect.)  

http://www.mdheal.org/leakygut.htm

So the presumed answer to the question is, it is the root that provides the benefit to the liver.
Posted by: Susana, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 11:36pm; Reply: 1
I did not ask the question but I apreciate the answer.

Thank you.

:K)
Posted by: Alia Vo, Monday, December 18, 2006, 1:13am; Reply: 2
Thank you for providing us with this information.

Alia
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Monday, December 18, 2006, 6:54am; Reply: 3
and fresh dendalion leaves in your salad is a yummie and healthy thing too ;) dito as a tea or infusion...antiadhesive for some lecker lectins :o  :D
Posted by: Debra+, Monday, December 18, 2006, 1:24pm; Reply: 4
Another one who appreciates this information. :D

Debra :)
Posted by: LuHu, Monday, December 18, 2006, 4:26pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from Susana
I did not ask the question but I apreciate the answer.

Thank you.

:K)


Loved this reply, Susana and I ditto it!  :)
Posted by: Phred, Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 4:54pm; Reply: 6
I have a cup a day as does my girlfriend... it's really amazing stuff!
Posted by: Alia Vo, Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 1:08am; Reply: 7
I frequently like to add raw dandelion leaves to my salads; they add a nice contrasting flavor and I know that they are very medicinal for the liver.

Alia
Posted by: Lloyd, Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 1:35am; Reply: 8
Quoted from Alia_Vo
I frequently like to add raw dandelion leaves to my salads; they add a nice contrasting flavor and I know that they are very medicinal for the liver.

Alia


The root moreso than the leaves, as explained in the original post. That's why the root tea is so beneficial. Probably should be given a break from time to time, like other supplements in it's class (milk thistle). My guess would be the greens alone need no break, just a supposition.

Posted by: Alia Vo, Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 7:56pm; Reply: 9
That is correct.  I enjoy eating organic dandelion greens because they are a whole foods source; I favor eating fresh dandelion leaves daily to assist with healthy liver function than taking supplements.  

However, I do take NAP's Taxacurum periodically.

Alia

Posted by: Lisalea, Monday, March 5, 2007, 1:54am; Reply: 10
Hi everybody,
I also bought:
Traditional Medicinals
Organic Roasted Dandelion Root
Traditionally Used As a Digestive Aid (and to increase bile flow)
100% Organic
Caffeine Free Herbal Tea

It says to steep for 15 minutes ... This sounds like a VERY long time !! :o

furthermore; I see that people r using it as a daily tea but on my box it says that it may be used up to "two weeks" !!
hence; beware people 'cause there must be  a reason for this IMHO.

I wonder if I can drink this tea before going to bed ??
I'll wait till somebody guides me before just incase it may NOT be a good idea since I've never tried it before ;)
Thank-u  ;D
Posted by: 1137 (Guest), Monday, March 5, 2007, 2:02am; Reply: 11
Dandelion tea (or dandelion coffee, as roasted roots are sometimes called) is often used as a coffee substitute. It is delicious. Very cleansing and supportive to the liver. YOu can add some of the finely ground roasted roots to regular coffee if you're allowed to have it  :). I don't know about limiting your use of the tea. I would suspect though that if you are needing a liver cleanse, you should take it in increments.
Cathy Wilson
helpertouch
Posted by: Lisalea, Monday, March 5, 2007, 2:14am; Reply: 12
Quoted from helpertouch
Dandelion tea (or dandelion coffee, as roasted roots are sometimes called) is often used as a coffee substitute.


I had no idea ... that's quite interesting !!
Thank-u for the info ... actually I haven't had a latte in almost 6 weeks !!!
and although I miss it so much,  I truly hope that I won't go back to it ... at least NOT on a daily basis but rather a once in a while treat ;)

Quoted from helpertouch
It is delicious. Very cleansing and supportive to the liver. YOu can add some of the finely ground roasted roots to regular coffee if you're allowed to have it  :). I don't know about limiting your use of the tea. I would suspect though that if you are needing a liver cleanse, you should take it in increments.
Cathy Wilson
helpertouch



Indeed, I've read so many positive benfeits from it hence I've decided to buy a box and see what happens ... it just dawned on me that maybe I should wait to see my naturopath before though, since I'm NOT sure if I should use it 'cause I still have burping problems  ::)

It sounds strange though to add dandelion to coffee since coffee is acidic and NOT cleansing to the liver ... hmmmm ...

I appreciate ur input and I thank-u  ;D
Posted by: Schluggell, Monday, March 5, 2007, 5:03pm; Reply: 13
And once the Liver is back in check...There is the wonderful wine made from Dandelion blossoms.

Which brings to mind - eat the flowers...

Or cook the leaves in several changes of water to remove some of the bitterness.

And overwinter a strawbale over a weedy patch, and harvest 'blanched Chicory' from the leaves in Spring.
Posted by: Lisalea, Monday, March 5, 2007, 11:10pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from Schluggell
And once the Liver is back in check...There is the wonderful wine made from Dandelion blossoms.

Which brings to mind - eat the flowers...

Or cook the leaves in several changes of water to remove some of the bitterness.

And overwinter a strawbale over a weedy patch, and harvest 'blanched Chicory' from the leaves in Spring.




;D ;D
Posted by: Alia Vo, Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 1:15am; Reply: 15
Quoted from LISALEA

furthermore; I see that people r using it as a daily tea but on my box it says that it may be used up to "two weeks" !!
hence; beware people 'cause there must be  a reason for this IMO


This is probably because dandelion is known as a liver cleanser/detoxifier.  It is nice to take a break from medicinal herbs so they do not lose their effectiveness if taken for a protocol or for a specific health reason.

Alia
Posted by: Lisalea, Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 3:18am; Reply: 16
Quoted from Alia_Vo


This is probably because dandelion is known as a liver cleanser/detoxifier.  It is nice to take a break from medicinal herbs so they do not lose their effectiveness if taken for a protocol or for a specific health reason.

Alia



Oh yes, that makes ALOT of sence Alia, thanks for reminding me !!

;D ;)
Posted by: Alia Vo, Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 8:09pm; Reply: 17
;)

Alia
Posted by: zola, Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 8:16pm; Reply: 18
Lisalea - Thanks for the brand recommendation. That's a good one. Roasted Dandelion Root. I love the variety here on the boards!
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 8:31pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from LISALEA
Hi everybody,
I also bought:
Traditional Medicinals
Organic Roasted Dandelion Root
Traditionally Used As a Digestive Aid (and to increase bile flow)
100% Organic
Caffeine Free Herbal Tea

It says to steep for 15 minutes ... This sounds like a VERY long time !! :o


I wonder if I can drink this tea before going to bed ??
I'll wait till somebody guides me before just incase it may NOT be a good idea since I've never tried it before ;)
Thank-u  ;D


This is the brand that I use also.  I have really come to love this beverage.  I let my tea bags steep at least 15 minutes and sometimes I don't even remove the tea bag.  This is not the same thing as green tea which should be steeped a very short time to prevent bitterness.  
A root like this needs boiling hot water and plenty of soak time to allow all the beneficial properties to come out into the water.

I think dandelion root would be good for excessive burping because it is such a good digestive aid.  Only if you have a blockage in your gall ducts would you need to be concerned, in my opinion.  Otherwise, it may even improve that condition.  I always have much larger bowel movements when I am drinking it.

I usually stop after a few days and take a little break.  I don't time it, just play it by ear!  :-)

Oh, and it's a very good nighttime beverage!
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 12:21am; Reply: 20
Quoted from Victoria


This is the brand that I use also.  I have really come to love this beverage.  I let my tea bags steep at least 15 minutes and sometimes I don't even remove the tea bag.  This is not the same thing as green tea which should be steeped a very short time to prevent bitterness.  
A root like this needs boiling hot water and plenty of soak time to allow all the beneficial properties to come out into the water.

I think dandelion root would be good for excessive burping because it is such a good digestive aid.  Only if you have a blockage in your gall ducts would you need to be concerned, in my opinion.  Otherwise, it may even improve that condition.  I always have much larger bowel movements when I am drinking it.

I usually stop after a few days and take a little break.  I don't time it, just play it by ear!  :-)

Oh, and it's a very good nighttime beverage!




Hi Victoria,
That is such great news;
I will make myself a cup before bedtime  ;) !!

Oh and how would I know if I have a blockage in my gall duct ?
I don't have any pain or anything or can there be other silent symptoms ?? :-/

Thank-u so very much  ;D
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 12:44am; Reply: 21
Lisa lea,
teraxacum is also a potent diuretic........
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 12:59am; Reply: 22
Quoted from lola
Lisa lea,
teraxacum is also a potent diuretic........


Thanks Lola ... let me google it and go read up on it since I've never even heard of it's nor the properties/benefits ... etc ... Gracias  !!;D ;)
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 1:50am; Reply: 23
dandelion is teraxacum
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 4:19am; Reply: 24
Quoted from lola
dandelion is teraxacum


I realized that; when I googled it LOL
;D ;) :) :B

What did u mean Lola ?
teraxacum is also a potent diuretic........

Is it warning that it's very strong and perhaps I shouldn't use it  ??)
Thank-u  ;D
Posted by: ABJoe, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 4:33am; Reply: 25
Lisalea,
My assumption is that Lola is reminding you that you may have more bathroom breaks and need to replenish water more while drinking your tea...

Enjoy the benefits!
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 5:25pm; Reply: 26
LisaLea,
Some people have a lot of pain in the region of their gallbladder, and are very aware that they have problems here.  It doesn't seem to be an issue for you, so don't worry.

I think the leaves of the dandelion are the diuretic part, as well as a powerful vitamina and mineral rich food, and the root is more often used as a liver cleanser, digestive aid and mineral-rich nutrient supplement.  Someone please correct me if I'm mistaken.

The tea you are using, Lisa, is only the root.

A nice side affect of dandelion root is benefits for the breast tissue.  It helps in reducing benign lumps and is mildly protective against breast cancer.
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 5:40pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from ABJoe
Lisalea,
My assumption is that Lola is reminding you that you may have more bathroom breaks and need to replenish water more while drinking your tea...

Enjoy the benefits!


Thank-u so much, I did indeed enjoy the dandelion tea especially knowing that it brings benefits ;)
Cheers  ;D
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 6:22pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from Victoria
LisaLea,
Some people have a lot of pain in the region of their gallbladder, and are very aware that they have problems here.  It doesn't seem to be an issue for you, so don't worry.


I didn't know this hence thanks so much for this valueable information Victoria !!
;)


Quoted from Victoria
A nice side affect of dandelion root is benefits for the breast tissue.  It helps in reducing benign lumps and is mildly protective against breast cancer


More wonderful news !!
Actually, I do have small cist in my right breast (probably estrogen related  ::)); my doctor said to go for mammograms every year to keep an eye on it ... sigh ...  :-/
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 6:31pm; Reply: 29
Another helpful supplement for breast lumps is Vitex (Chastetree).  It helps to gently balance hormones, especially for women who are estrogen dominate.  It is a slow acting herb, so you need to take it daily for many weeks before you will see benefits.  You can take it long term, maybe taking a break of a week or so, every couple of months.  It is an herb that also helps to balance hormone related emotional storms.  :-)

By the way, coffee contributes to breast lumps.  :-)
Posted by: Eric, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 6:58pm; Reply: 30
Quoted Text
It is nice to take a break from medicinal herbs so they do not lose their effectiveness...



Is this really true?  I've been having liver issues for a long time, and have been taking the same herbs for like 6 months straight...  It scares me to think of stopping my supplement usage.  I figured herbs were balancing, and your body would adapt according to your needs.  
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 7:05pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from Victoria
Another helpful supplement for breast lumps is Vitex (Chastetree).  It helps to gently balance hormones, especially for women who are estrogen dominate.  It is a slow acting herb, so you need to take it daily for many weeks before you will see benefits.  You can take it long term, maybe taking a break of a week or so, every couple of months.  It is an herb that also helps to balance hormone related emotional storms.  :-)

Really ??!!:o
Can anybody take it at anytime or should I wait and see a naturopath before ??
furthermore; I'm on the birthcontrol pill and since I've been eating BTD I do have ALOT less cravings and my hormones r ... how can I say this ?? emm ... less wild ... LOL

I've also upped my NYF 'cause I've read that women on BCP absolutely need more B's !!

Thank-u so much Victoria; I've learn ALOT from u these past few days  !! ;D ;) :)


Quoted from Victoria
By the way, coffee contributes to breast lumps.

Oh my ... at least I'm NOT drinking any lattes for the time being ...
Is it all coffee and including espresso ??

Thanks  
;D
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 7:10pm; Reply: 32
Quoted from erictm998



Is this really true?  I've been having liver issues for a long time, and have been taking the same herbs for like 6 months straight...  It scares me to think of stopping my supplement usage.  I figured herbs were balancing, and your body would adapt according to your needs.  



A naturopath told me that anything taken long term = Abuse ... and too much of a good thing isn't necessarily better and "may" become harmful longterm; u absolutely need b-r-e-a-k-s in between ... I know u don't want to hear that as I didn't want to hear it myself at the time  ;)
... hence be very careful ... :)
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 7:16pm; Reply: 33
You don't need to take a long break, Eric.  It probably won't hurt you to keep taking herbs if you are dealing with a specific health problem, but for long term use, your body will remain more sensitive and responsive to the supplements if you take an occasional break.  What kind of herbs are you taking?

LisaLea,
Vitex is easy to find in natural food stores and does not need any particular prescription.  It is harmless.  But I don't know about birth control pills, and any contraindications there.

And yes, any kind of coffee, even expresso, can contribute to cysts in the breasts.
Posted by: Eric, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 7:28pm; Reply: 34
Wow, thanks for the info.  I'm essentially taking Dr. D's heptiguard on steroids.  I buy individual herbs on-line (rosemountainherbs, etc) instead of prepared capsules.  I have bottles of milk thistle, bupleurum, phyllanthus, and turmeric that I take twice a day for the liver.  I usually measure around 1/4 teaspoon of each herb and mix it w/water.  Taste doesn't bother me.   And I also have bladderwrack, cayenne, slippery elm, chicory, clove, and nettle root.   That's just the herbs... I also have calcium, the NAP polyflora, capryllic acid, zinc, glutamine, rhodiola, arabinogalactan powder, NAC, NAG, and some other stuff.  Of course I don't take all of those consistently, only the probiotic and the calcium on a regular basis.  with the liver herbs.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 7:43pm; Reply: 35
Those are good supplements, Eric.  
There are a lot of kinds of Phyllanthus.  Is this the one you are taking for your liver?  CLICK

I also take a lot of supplements, and I understand how you are hesitating to take a break from anything.  My experience is that I am more successful with my protocols if I stop for a week or two, after taking anything for a couple of months.  Others use a different rhythm, but that works for me.  I don't ever stop with my vitamins and minerals and polyflora, except maybe one day a week, but never long-term.  You could create a pattern like one of these:
5 days on and 2 days off
two weeks on and 4 days off
one month on and 5 days off
two months on and one week off
three months on and 10 days off
etc.
Sometimes our liver needs a rest from processing so much great stuff.  :-)  I need to take my own advice more.
Posted by: Eric, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 7:52pm; Reply: 36
Victoria, I really appreciate the help!  I never really thought about that before, and I'll definately work in the breaks from now on.   That's the one thing that's always been on my mind since I started the BTD-  what to supplement with, and how often.  I've decided that the most important one is the polyflora, but I don't actually take vitamins or minerals (except cal/mag) because they're so expensive :(    Speaking of which, in the NAP multi, Dr. D. uses about 25mg of various herbs, and those are supposed to be taken daily and indefinately, no?    
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 8:04pm; Reply: 37
That's a small amount of each herb, and not such a big deal.  I only take a break of one day a week with my multis.  Larger amounts, like 500 mg. capsules, may need an actual break like I described in my previous post.
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 8:25pm; Reply: 38
Quoted from Victoria
LisaLea,
Vitex is easy to find in natural food stores and does not need any particular prescription.  It is harmless.  But I don't know about birth control pills, and any contraindications there.


My thoughts exactly about the contraindications with the birthcontrol
pill hence, if anybody knows for sure please speak up ;)

Thank-u again Victoria ;D
Posted by: Lloyd, Thursday, March 8, 2007, 12:38am; Reply: 39
Quoted from Victoria

I think the leaves of the dandelion are the diuretic part, as well as a powerful vitamina and mineral rich food, and the root is more often used as a liver cleanser, digestive aid and mineral-rich nutrient supplement.  Someone please correct me if I'm mistaken.


It's my understanding that the diruetic action of the dandelion is primarily from the latex, which is found throughout the plant including the roots. This may or may not be correct, although I suspect it is correct.

This website is just one of many that a google search shows promoting dandelion root as a diuretic.

Another site says:
The American Botanical Council has provided an article summarizing the supported uses of Dandelion. Dandelion root is generally considered to have diuretic, choleretic, tonic and laxative properties, among others. The herb is used for appetite and dyspeptic disorders, such as abdominal fullness and flatulence.





Posted by: Lisalea, Thursday, March 8, 2007, 4:03am; Reply: 40
Another great site  ;D

http://www.alternative-healthzine.com/html/0201_2.html
Posted by: Lisalea, Thursday, March 8, 2007, 4:07am; Reply: 41
Quoted from Alan_Goldenberg


It's my understanding that the diruetic action of the dandelion is primarily from the latex, which is found throughout the plant including the roots. This may or may not be correct, although I suspect it is correct.

This website is just one of many that a google search shows promoting dandelion root as a diuretic.

Another site says:









Thank-u for the information  Lloyd_O-secretor  :)

I drank the dandelion tea again tonight; my experience so far is that it's giving me quite a bit of gas !! ::) :B
however; I had a great bowel movement this morning, hence I will NOT complain !! ;)
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, March 8, 2007, 6:44pm; Reply: 42
The gas could be just that things are beginninng to move more.
Posted by: Lisalea, Thursday, March 8, 2007, 11:56pm; Reply: 43
Quoted from Victoria
The gas could be just that things are beginninng to move more.



I hope so and may it move in the right direction and right out of my body LOL
I will have another cup tonight before bed ... I'm thinking of drinking it 5 days in a row and then we'll see what happens, Thank-u again Victoria  ;D
Posted by: Alia Vo, Saturday, March 10, 2007, 12:04am; Reply: 44
Thank you for sharing the website links with us, Lloyd_O-secretor and Lisalea.
Alia
Posted by: Lisalea, Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 3:01am; Reply: 45
Quoted from Alia_Vo
Thank you for sharing the website links with us, Lloyd_O-secretor and Lisalea.
Alia



It's my pleasure Alia_Vo ;D

I found another REALLY great site that I would like to share ;)
http://www.mdidea.com/products/new/new023.html

Cheers
Posted by: Alia Vo, Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 8:39pm; Reply: 46
Thank you for sharing this with us.

Alia
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