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What are Dandelion Supplements?

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  • Written By: L. Roux
  • Edited By: C. Wilborn
  • Last Modified Date: 12 July 2019
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Dandelion supplements are nutritional supplements that contain extracts from the dandelion plant. These extracts may be used to aid fat loss, digestion, and to treat liver problems in patients, among other uses. This supplement is considered to be very versatile and may be used in various commercial products, including dandelion coffee and certain tonics.

The roots of the dandelion may be used in fat loss products to help reduce appetite. It may also aid in digestion and to ensure the proper functioning of the liver. Supplements made from this part of the plant may also have antiviral properties, which may help to treat and prevent infections within the body.

The leaves of the dandelion plant may also be used in supplements that promote gastrointestinal health. This may help to prevent disorders such as gastrointestinal bleeding. To add additional supplementation for the digestive system, dandelion leaves may be added to certain foods, such as salads.

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Dandelion supplements may be used as a diuretic, which means they may help to stimulate the excretion of urine. This will aid in the removal of excess water and mineral salts from the body. Dandelion supplements also provide additional potassium supplementation to the body, which may help to replenish mineral salts that are excreted with the urine. Extracts from the dandelion plant may also be used to treat patients who suffer from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. This may largely be due to the diuretic effect that dandelion has.

A number of vitamins are found in dandelions, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. These important vitamins may help to support a healthy immune system, reduce the risk of heart disease, and help build healthy skin. Dandelion supplements may also have antioxidant properties, which may help to reduce the damage that is caused by free radicals in the body.

The recommended dosage for dandelion is about 500 milligrams (about 0.5 grams) per day. For children, it is recommended that they take about one third of the adult dosage. As with most herbal supplements, it is advised to consult with a healthcare practitioner before adding dandelion supplements to the diet.

In general, dandelion supplements are believed to be safe. In some individuals however, they may cause allergic reactions. Dandelion is also not recommended for patients who suffer from liver disease. Users should also avoid certain compounds such as antacids, which may help to lower the stomach acids.

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