Dandelion

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Alternate Names: Blowball, Diente de Lion, Lion’s Tooth, Priest’s Crown, Monk’s Head

Dandelion is often thought of as a common weed; however, recently they’ve begun to pop up as fresh, leafy greens in progressive restaurants. The Don Juan Chiles version is dried and has been used to treat a variety of ailments when brewed as a tea. Although there aren’t specific studies on the health benefits of, there are a variety of compounds present which can help as part of a balanced diet. It may help fight inflammation and reduce cholesterol, and it can possibly help boost your immune system. Although this is promising, research still needs to happen to conclusively prove the effectiveness of this herbal remedy. Throughout it has been used to treat issues with bile ducts, liver, and gallbladder, as well as more minor digestive problems.

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