One cup serving of fresh dandelion greens will provide as much as 2000 IUs of vitamin A (1½ times the RDA for an adult human); 20 percent protein (double of what spinach provides); vitamins C, K, D, and B-complex; iron; manganese; phosphorus; and many other trace minerals and is a rich source of potassium. The flowers of dandelion are known by herbalists to be high in lecithin and to have weak but useful analgesic qualities as well.
Dandelion for dog digestion
Dandelion leaves also possess what herbalists call a “bitter tonic” and bitter tonics have been well-known to stimulate the secretion of digestive juices. The idea is to “warm up” digestive metabolism before we ask the digestive system to go to work. When a small amount of a bitter herb is taken into the mouth, a sudden increase of salivation occurs. Meanwhile, as the bitter herb reaches the stomach, bile and other digestive agents are triggered into production. This results in less indigestion, better absorption of nutrients, and increased appetite. Bitters are particularly useful in animals that have a chronic problem with indigestion. If your companion has frequent gas and/or passes food that does not appear digested, get him to chew a fresh dandelion leaf.
Dandelion for the kidney
Dandelion can be a powerful diuretic and liver stimulant. Diuretics promote urine elimination; normal urination is critical to health for dogs with congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, arthritis, gall bladder disease, kidney stone – these are all imbalances resulting from the body’s inability to eliminate water.
Dandelion for the liver
While dandelion’s leaves are very beneficial as a diuretic, the root can be used as a liver tonic. The liver is responsible for removing toxins and plays a critical role in digestion through its production of bile, bilirubin, and various.
Dandelion’s use as medicine dates back thousands of years and was revered as a “cure-all” to help heal and prevent virtually everything. Although it’s largely lost to conventional Western medicine, dandelion remains popular in herbal preparations throughout the world.
Instead of embracing dandelion as a healing ally, it greatest contribution to our economy is the sale of herbicide intended to kill it.