(NaturalHealth365) Some weeds can be highly effective in juice form. One of the best – that most people hate to see on their lawn – is dandelion. This weed has some powerful health benefits including, detoxification, allergy relief and great for normalizing blood sugar.
A deeper appreciation for the ‘common’ dandelion
Dandelions are technically called a weed, but in the natural health world we like to call them “dandelion greens”. We juice the entire leaf, yet not their yellow flower, but the green leaves that emanate out below the flower. So where can you find these magically delicious greens?
Most all health food grocery stores have them and/or your local food co-ops, and they are quite reasonable in price, usually just a few dollars for about 20 leaves.
One word of caution! I don’t recommend to ever pick them from your yard because of the overuse of pesticides on lawns, and even if you don’t use pesticides on your lawn, your neighbors most likely do, and these pesticides will find their way onto the weeds.
Why should I consider juicing dandelion greens?
Dandelions are one of the most potent greens we can juice that help rehabilitate and detoxify our liver. In addition, dandelion greens are excellent for keeping our vision in sharp form, as well as being beneficial for detoxifying our kidneys and entire urogenital canal.
Some of the additional benefits of dandelion greens:
1. High in calcium (usable calcium!)
2. Rich in iron
3. Low in calories
4. High in antioxidants
5. High in minerals – essential and non-essential
6. High in protein (actually more than spinach)
7. Naturally high in B vitamins
The power of fresh dandelion juice! (This makes more than 1 quart, and is for 2 people)
2 cups fresh dandelion greens or 6 leaves (not the flowers)
5 ribs of celery
1 cup spinach
2 large English cucumbers
1 lime or lemon
A bit of fresh ginger root (if you like the taste)
Naturally, if you can, it’s best to always use organic produce. I must say – I’m excited to be part of the NaturalHealth365.com community. If you would like to see a particular juice recipe or have any questions about juicing – let me know in the comment section below.
Enjoy the day!
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About the author: Linda Kordich has been married for 33 years to Jay Kordich, world renown health educator and the “Father of Juicing”. She is the co-author of their new book, Live Foods Live Bodies and teaches throughout the world on the ‘Powers of the Gentle Art of Foods and Juices’. For more information about Jay and Linda Kordich – visit: www.JayKordich.com
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