Dandelion Nutrients and Benefits

Yellow Dandelion Flower
Dandelion is an edible weed or herb which is usually considered as an unwanted and annoying plant that must be destroyed and disposed of. But, after reading my research article about Dandelion Plant, you are most likely going to think Positive thoughts about it instead of Negative. Dandelion’s name is taken from French dent-de-lion which means Lion’s Tooth. Dandelions don’t need pollination, because they produce seeds asexually by apomixis. Also, just so you know, I’m talking about the good, healthy, fresh, and natural Dandelions, and NOT about the poisonous and chemical treated Dandelions that are dying in your yard because you have been trying to kill them your whole life.

Dandelions have very strong and long roots that can go very deep under the ground which may support the growth of weaker plants that grow near by Dandelions. The leaves on Dandelions can grow as long as 25 cm or 9.8 inches, and usually stay at the very bottom of the plant. Dandelion’s stem is hollow and can be longer than 10 cm or 3.9 inches, and when it gets broken then the milky bitter sap comes out. Dandelion’s flower heads are usually yellow or orange and they consist of many skinny long petals. After a while Dandelion’s flower heads become white and full of little parachutes and each one of these light and little parachutes hold on to its own seed.

Dandelion weed herb is extremely health beneficial, but it is often unappreciated especially by “Perfect Green Lawn Addicts”. Dandelion flower buds, leaves, and the roots have all been used for Medicinal and Food purposes throughout the world. Just one cup of Raw Dandelion Greens contain 535 percent of Vitamin K. People can either eat the dandelion leaves boiled or raw depending on person’s opinion and taste. Some people and cultures use Dandelion’s Roots for a natural caffeine-free dandelion coffee. The Nutrients in one cup (or 55 grams) of Chopped Raw Dandelion Greens are: Continue reading

Watercress Nutrients and Benefits

Watercress Vegetable, Herb, or WeedWatercress is considered differently around the world because some people consider it as a Herb, some consider it as a Weed, and some people consider Watercress as an Aquatic Vegetable. Other names for the Watercress Herb are Nasturtium or Rorippa. Watercress are cute, little, perennial, very healthy, and semi aquatic leaf vegetables. Sometimes they can grow as high as 120 cm or 47 inches. If you let this plant produce its flowers, then Watercress will become bitter. Watercress Herb is also considered as one of the oldest vegetables that are being used by people. Some people claim that after eating bigger amounts of Watercress Herb they produced Temporary symptoms of Cystitis (an inflammation of Urinary Bladder). Also, Watercress contains high amount of iodine which strengthens and improves the function of your thyroid gland. Watercress contains a great amount of Nutrients and a very good variation of Nutrients. From about one cup or 34 grams of Raw Fresh Watercress we get these Nutrients: Continue reading

Kelp Nutrients and Benefits

kelp seaweed sea vegetableKelp, seaweed, and sea vegetable are pretty much the same thing, and they come from the order of Laminariales. Kelp usually grows in underwater forests of some shallow ocean places. People use seaweed for rice, sushi, salads, soups, or instead of salt. The Nutrients that you will find in Raw Kelp are:
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
– Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
– Vitamin B9, Folate
– Vitamin C
– Vitamin K
– Iodine (Large or Extreme Amount)
– Magnesium
– Calcium
– Iron
– Tryptophan
– Dietary Fiber
– Copper
– Manganese
– Molybdenum
– Sodium
– Zinc
– Amino Acids Continue reading