Q. I discovered after eating dandelion greens that they act as a mild diuretic. I confirmed my experience through a web search. I also discovered that they provide a rich source of vitamins and minerals. I am wondering if their diuretic properties would help to lower blood pressure. I could not find any information to confirm this hypothesis. Also, would dandelion supplements work as well as freshly cooked dandelion greens?
A. Eating dandelion greens might seem strange to some Americans, but they are quite nutritious. They have had a reputation as a mild diuretic for decades. A small study in 2009 suggested that there is some basis for this belief (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, August). Although some sources suggest dandelion might lower blood pressure, we could find no clinical studies to support that claim.

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  1. kurt h. b.
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    I have border hypertension… I take l-arginne 3xs a day and hawthorn tincture or capsules, whole foods has organic fresh dandelion leafs I just bought a bunch & mixed them in my vita-mix… do you think it will help, I know they’re very nutritious… thank you Kurt

  2. Kally
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    My 92 year old Mom has low blood pressure 100/64,sometimes lower, as do I. She has been in the hospital w/ a back ailment & has been kept in bed for 3 weeks there. Now she has fluid retention in her limbs & abdomen from sitting all this time. She cannot receive Lasix treatment for the water retention because it dramatically lowers her blood pressure. Can Dandelion be used to relieve the water safely in a candidate like her? (She has high sugar levels now) If so, how much should be used & what type, (fresh, tincture, leaves, etc?) Any advice is greatly appreciated…

  3. cpmt
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    Yes, it is diuretic, It is used in Europe for years. They even sell it in pharmacies. One thing, you must eat more potassium rich foods with all diuretics natural or not.

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