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Since its first mention in 659BC to the present, common dandelion has been considered one of the most desirable of garden vegetables throughout many cultures. People have carried the seeds from place to place for cultivation since before written history.
According to legend, Theseus ate a dandelion salad after killing the Minotaur. The Romans ate the plant as did the Gauls and Celts when the Romans invaded the Northern European areas. The Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain and the Normans of France used the plant as food and as medicine to control scurvy and also as a diuretic; it was planted in the medicinal gardens of monasteries all around Europe because of its beneficial effects on digestion and wellbeing.
Dandelion is native to Europe but widely distributed in the warmer temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere. Dandelion and its parts are habitually consumed as plant foods in several areas of the world, where they are also employed in phytotherapy. In many countries around the world, including Australia, dandelion is seen as a common weed however, it is a delightful weed that can be eaten in salads, made into teas, and even ground up to make dandelion coffee.
Dandelion is a popular hepatoprotective medicinal plant in different traditional medicines. The high content of minerals, fibres, vitamins, and essential fatty acids make it a favourite food source for many indigenous societies.
Dandelion is a French word from “dent de lion”, which means lion’s tooth. The scientific name of dandelion comes from taraxis and akeomai, which means “benefit for inflammation”. Dandelion roots are used in various cuisines of at least 54 countries. Dandelion is used daily in folk medicine of China, India, and Russia as a liver tonic.
Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Research has found its constituents are sesquiterpene lactones (tataxoside, taraxinic acid, dihydrotaraxininc acid), polyphenols (including caffeic acid and coumarins), and triterpenes (tataxol, taraxerol, tataxasterolbeta-amyrin, stigmasterol and beta-sitosterol).
An amazing array of constituents have been isolated exclusively from the dandelion root - quercetin, luteolin, p-hydroxyphenylacetic acid, germacranolide acids, chlorogenic acid, chicoric acid, monocaffeyltartaric acid, oligofructans, chicoric acid and the related monocaffeyltartaric acid, hydroxycinnamic acids, chlorogenic acid, lupane-, bauerane-, and euphane-type triterpenoids, 18β,19β-epoxy- 21β-hydroxylupan-3β-yl acetate, 21-oxolup-18-en-3β-yl acetate, betulin, officinatrione, 11-methoxyolean-12-en-3-one, eupha-7,24- dien-3-one, and 24-oxoeupha-7,24-dien-3β-yl acetate, p-hydroxyphenyl acetic acid, rutin, apigenin, hesperidin, myricetin, hydroxyphenylacetic acid, synergic acid, vanillic acid, and large amounts of the polysaccharide, inulin.
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Oncotarget. 2016 Nov 8; 7(45): 73080–73100. Published online 2016 Aug 22. doi:10.18632/oncotarget.11485 Dandelion root extract affects colorectal cancer proliferation and survival through the activation of multiple death signalling pathways Pamela Ovadje, Saleem Ammar, Jose-Antonio Guerrero, John Thor Arnason, and Siyaram Pandey.
Phytother Res. 2015 Apr;29(4):526-32. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5276. Epub 2015 Jan 21. Characterisation of antimicrobial extracts from dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) using LC-SPE-NMR. O Kenny, N P Brunton, D Walsh, C M Hewage, P McLoughlin, T J Smyth.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2008 Dec 5;377(1):131-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.09.088. Epub 2008 Oct 1. Chicoric acid, a new compound able to enhance insulin release and glucose uptake. Didier Tousch, Anne-Dominique Lajoix, Eric Hosy, Jacqueline Azay-Milhau, Karine Ferrare, Céline Jahannault, Gérard Cros, Pierre Petit.
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine REVIEW ARTICLE Year: 2020|Volume: 10|Issue: 1 | Page : 1-10 Hepatoprotection by dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) and mechanisms. Mohaddese Mahboubi, Mona Mahboubi. Medicinal Plants Research Department, Research and Development, TabibDaru Pharmaceutical Company, Kashan, Iran.
Diverse biological activities of dandelion. Marta González-Castejón, Francesco Visioli, Arantxa Rodriguez-Casado. Nutrition Reviews 2012, 70 (9): 534-47.
Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies 2018; 6(2): 198-202 Dandelion: Phytochemistry and clinical potential. Tabasum Fatima, Omar Bashir, Bazila Naseer and Syed Zameer Hussain.
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