Dandelion greens support prostate health

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Prostate Health(NaturalHealth365) Traditionally speaking, dandelion greens have been used for medicinal purposes; treating hepatitis; kidney disease and liver disorders, such as jaundice and cirrhosis. Believe it or not, eating dandelion greens can even help you with hepatitis C, anemia or liver detoxification needs.

Are you looking for a natural diuretic? Try eating dandelion greens (every day) and watch your urine output go up – without the risk associated with pharmaceutical diuretics.

If you’re concerned about prostate health, then you’ll want to keep eating lots of bitter greens, like dandelion or mustard greens.

Dandelion was approved by the European Scientific Cooperative for enhanced urinary output; if fact, it’s their herb of choice. Guidelines for the appropriate use of herbs in human preliminary research see promise in the use of dandelion as an anti-cancer agent for both breast and prostate cancer.

Lower your risk for benign prostatic hyperplasia

Benign Prostatic hyperplasia doesn’t seem to be related to cancer, but it does increases the risk of having a high PSA count. By the way, the likelihood of developing an enlarged prostate does (naturally) increase with age. In fact, men who live to a “ripe” old age of 90 or more will likely have an enlarged prostate.

How do you know if your prostate is enlarged?

The symptoms may be none, mild or debilitating. Some of the signs are “dribbling” at what should be the end of the urine stream; inability to urinate; incomplete emptying of the bladder; incontinence; needing to urinate every few hours at night; pain with urination; slowed or delayed start of the urinary stream; sudden urge to urinate and a weak urine stream.

Are there any natural solutions for severe symptoms?

Conventionally speaking, treatments are based on the severity of the symptoms and they range from medication to surgery. However, many men look for alternative treatments such as, herbs and lifestyle modifications. A wise choice considering the fact that toxic drugs are never a long-term solutions and rarely promise to be entirely safe.

Most men are treated by western medicine with alpha 1-blockers, a class of medications used to treat high blood pressure. This class of drugs relaxes the muscles of the bladder and prostate. But, keep in mind, although symptoms may improve, many drugs have their own potential (negative) side effects.

Another class of pharmaceutical drugs are designed to lower the levels of hormones produced by the prostate and reduce the glands size – which can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to work. By the way, the “trade off” (for using these drugs) can be reduced sex drive and impotence.

How can dandelion greens help a swollen prostate?

The diuretic property of dandelion makes it useful to promote urine production and reduce inflammation. A study published in the 2009 issue of the “Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine” found that dandelion greens caused significant increase in urine output in the 5-hour periods after consumption.

It also has been found that dandelion greens inhibit interleukins and other immune molecules that are responsible for inflammation. The greens seem to suppress the COX-2 enzymes, the same molecules that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs target, according to Leah Hechtman, author of “Clinical Naturopathic Medicine.”

A tissue culture study published in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” found that dandelion greens significantly suppressed nitric oxide, prostaglandins and cytokines – all known as pro-inflammatory molecules.

There are three major types of conditions that affect the prostate.

Prostatitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the prostate which can be from an infection or a chronic non-infectious form – this is the most common form. Then there is BPH and prostate cancer the most serious of the conditions.

All of these conditions have two things in common, cytokines and pro inflammatory molecules, along with how well they respond to dandelion greens. Traditionally speaking, dandelion greens have been used by many medical disciplines including, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Eastern Medicine and Native American therapies.

In a study conducted at the Laboratory of Biochemical and Biomedical Research, Department of Chemistry at New México Tech research points to dandelion greens as a possible treatment for breast and prostate cancer.

How to best enjoy eating dandelion greens

Incorporating dandelion into the diet is easy to do; the hardest part may be to find organic dandelion greens, since this is one of the most sprayed weeds out there. Simply delicious when added to salads or green smoothies – it’s best to consume these greens raw or lightly sautéed and added to any main meal.

Remember, dandelion greens is a powerful detoxifier – so start by eating only a small handful of leaves at a time. As you build up a tolerance – you can start adding more to your green juice or smoothie mixture.

In closing, in order to help (naturally) heal the prostate, try to eliminate known irritants like, smoking and beer or coffee. Of course, you’ll feel better by eating a whole foods diet with lots of bitter greens like, dandelion greens. Enjoy!

About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.

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http://www.psa-rising.com/eatingwell/wildgreens.html
http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/enlarged-prostate/
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prostate-gland-enlargement/DS00027/DSECTION=risk-factors
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  • jay joffe

    we’ve been eating young dandelions for years. the article doesn’t specifically mention when and how to pick. I’m wondering if there’s something to do with the mature plants, extract the juice? masticating juicer and keep the pulp? will it make a smoothie hopelessly bitter? is it toxic when it’s big? or just nasty?

    thanks

  • Bill McEwan

    In the following paragraph from the blog, I would be concerned about the suppression of nitric oxide which could lead to poor circulation and high blood pressure. Can I have your thoughts on this.

    “A tissue culture study published in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” found that dandelion greens significantly suppressed nitric oxide, prostaglandins and cytokines – all known as pro-inflammatory molecules.”

    Bill McEwan

  • blanche

    Nitric oxide and the nitric oxide system are important for opening up blood vessels and maintaining their tone, however when nitric oxide levels become too high, the molecule can undergo a chemical reaction forming an aggressive form. There is a type of nitric oxide known as inducible nitric oxide which can cause problems.

    Dandelion leaves reduce the pro-inflammatory molecules in a therapeutic way.

  • blanche

    Jay, young leaves are best and the taste is fine if you use a small amount in juice or a smoothie. In a smoothie fruit will help especially a banana.

    Start with one green blade at a time and only use the amount that you can tolerate. It only takes a very small amount for the benefits.