Dandelion ‘coffee’ is herbal tea used as a coffee substitute, made from the root of the dandelion plant. The roasted dandelion root pieces and the beverage have some resemblance to coffee in appearance and taste.
8 Reasons to Drink Dandelion Tea:
- It improves digestion and aids weight loss.
- It eases congestion of the liver.
- It helps to purify the bladder and kidneys.
- It reduces the risk of urinary tract infections.
- It contains calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, vitamins B and C.
- It helps to purify the blood, regulate blood sugar and improves blood circulation.
- It helps to ease bloating and aching joints.
- It helps to cure skin conditions.
Most diets are focused towards helping people lose body fat, and not their water weight. However, if they manage to drink some dandelion tea during the diet, they will lose water weight along with the body fat. This is because dandelion tea is diuretic and helps to flush out extra water from the body.
The dandelion plant is generally considered safe for consumption, but, like other herbs, it can have adverse effects in some people. Dandelion root tea may negatively affect your digestive system, causing diarrhea, stomach inflammation or heartburn.
Herbalists and naturopathic practitioners value dandelions for their medicinal uses, which include treating digestive disorders and liver and kidney diseases. As a natural diuretic, it is also useful for treating high blood pressure and can be taken as either a tea or tincture.
In general, dandelion is not toxic when taken in therapeutic amounts. However, we should consider that dandelion leaves, which can be eaten as a vegetable, are rich in oxalates so, taken in large quantity, can cause damage to the body. Poisoning have also been reported in children from eating dandelion stems.